COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind a strong offensive performance by the starting five, tough defense when it mattered most, and multiple crowd-pleasing dunks to move the meter, Capital University Men's Basketball was able to outlast the Heidelberg University Student Princes, 70-63. The Purple and White defended The Cap Center successfully to shift the fortunes of their two previous contests and improve to 11-9 overall, 6-7 in conference play.
Capital's offense displayed times of brilliance and times of hardship, but one area of its game that stayed consistent was the defense, which held Heidelberg to just 63 points. The Student Princes came into the game averaging just short of 80 points per game. Capital also kept Heidelberg well below their season averages in field goal and 3-point shooting percentages.
Down the stretch, Heidelberg's 3-point shooting fell silent at a time it needed it most after the Student Princes missed each of their last five attempts to end the game. Capital was able to hold the guests to just one field goal in the final three minutes of the game while they went on to hit both of their attempts and were perfect in six trips at the charity stripe.
While Nate Boone's free throws at the 7:31 mark gave Capital its final lead of the game and started the first run that would help turn the tide for good, Ganiyu Yahaya (Allen, Ky./Wesley Christian) put down a slam dunk that got the crowd to its feet and continued a 5-0 run to help create some space from Heidelberg. Off of a Heidelberg miss, Tyler Jamison (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) sent the ball up the floor where Yahaya drove to the bucket and went up for the defiant jam to complete the freshman connection. Though a technical foul for hanging on the rim was initially assessed, it was rescinded after it was deemed a Heidelberg player was underneath the rim, keeping Capital's lead alive. It was one of two dunks he had on the night.
Heidelberg came back and was within one point of Capital with 2:58 to go, but its offense fell silent while the Crusaders converted on its chances on the other end while also taking advantage of its trip to the free throw line. Freshman Dan Auble and sophomore Austin Schreck each hit layups at the end to bulk up Cap's lead to a point that could not be rivaled.
|Watch "G" go up for the dunk...again!|
Cap kept Heidelberg's leading scorer, Kiere Bennie, to just nine points after the junior guard entered averaging 15.5 per game. Chris Moxley led the team with 16 points, but was the only player in double figures on the opposing sideline.
Jamison had a signature bounceback game with his third double-double of the season. In addition to his 12 points, he equaled that mark in rebounds, plus added three blocks. Wednesday night's game marked the second straight game and third in the last four in which he has scored in double digits, and fifth double-digit rebounding game of the season.
The freshman was one of three players to go for 10 or more points, joining Schreck (11) and Tyrel Jackson (14) in that endeavor. Schreck also added seven rebounds and five steals to his line to contribute to Cap's superb defensive effort.
Yahaya finished with seven points and seven rebounds.
Cap held a plus-three rebounding advantage over Heidelberg, in addition to outscoring the Student Princes on the fastbreak, 14-0.
Next on the docket for Capital is the University of Mount Union, this Saturday, Feb. 4. Capital will head to Alliance for a 2 p.m. matchup with the Purple Raiders inside The MAAC.