COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball team took to the hardwood against Baldwin Wallace University in the Capital Center for senior day. Nate Boone led Cap with 13 points in the 71-68 loss.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early 5-0 to start the game. Freshman Dan Auble (Brecksville, Ohio/ Brecksville) drained a 3-pointer to cut the BW lead to 5-3.
Baldwin Wallace then went on a 7-2 run and extended its lead to 12-5.
The Crusaders battled and went on a 9-2 run which tied the game at 14-14 with 10:20 left in the first half. During Capital's run, freshman Ganiyu Yahaya (Allen, Ky./ Wesley Christian) paved the way with five points. Less than a minute later, senior Tyrel Jackson (Dublin, Ohio/ Dublin Coffman) made a layup to give Cap a 16-14 lead.
The Yellow Jackets regained the lead when they went on a 16-6 run and extended their lead to 30-22 with 4:48 left in the first half.
Capital finished the half by making 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Cap trailed Baldwin Wallace 38-29 as the game went to halftime.
In the first half, Jackson led the Crusaders with eight points and added four steals, two assists, and two rebounds. Yahaya and sophomore Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./ Dixie Heights) each scored six points. Freshman Tyler Jamison (Strongsville, Ohio/ Strongsville) recorded two blocks to lead all players.
Capital opened the second half by scoring six unanswered points to cut the lead down to three points, 38-35.
The Yellow Jackets' Jake Fetherolf made a 3-point bucket to expand the BW lead to 41-35.
In a span of approximately five minutes, Capital outscored BW 10-8 and trimmed the lead to 49-45. Schreck and sophomore Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/ Centerville) each scored three points to led Cap during the five minutes.
Tyler Colombo made two free throws for Baldwin Wallace. Yahaya matched Colombo by making two free throws of his own, and held the lead at four points, 51-47.
With 11:51 left in regulation, Weingartner hit a jumper to cut the lead to two, 51-49. Colombo then hit a 3-point shot to give BW a 54-49 lead. Weingartner responded with a 3-pointer of his own to cut the lead back down to two points, 54-52.
The Yellow Jackets went on a fast 8-2 run that featured two 3-point shots, which caused the lead to grow to 62-54 with 6:27 left in the game.
The Crusaders did not give in. Freshman Nate Boone (Columbus, Ohio/ Bishop Watterson) exploded for nine unanswered points while shooting 3-for-3 from behind the arc, and gave Cap a 63-62 lead with 3:46 left on the clock.
After a made jump shot by BW's Cam Kuhn, sophomore Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Oak Hills) was fouled and sent to the line. Cox converted both of his free throws to give Cap the lead once again, 65-64. Cox added one more free throw to extend the Capital lead to 66-64 with 1:36 left.
Baldwin Wallace scored five unanswered points to regain the lead, 69-66, with 51 seconds left in regulation. Cox added two more free throws after being fouled, and cut the BW lead to one, 69-68. After being fouled Kuhn knocked down two free throws to give the Yellow Jackets a 71-68 lead.
The Crusaders called time out with five seconds to draw up a play to try and tie the game. Jackson had to dive on a loose ball and called timeout with .8 seconds left on the clock. Capital drew up a play which gave Boone the last-second shot attempt which fell short and hit the front portion of the rim. The final score was 71-68.
The Yellow Jackets had the upper hand in second chance points, 6-4. Mike Kaminski led BW with 17 points. Fetherolf added 13 points, while Kuhn and Jay Battle each had 11 points.
The Crusaders had the advantage in points off turnovers, 11-7. Cap outrebounded BW 38-34. Capital notched 20 points in the paint, compared to the 14 for the Yellow Jackets. The Cap bench outscored the BW bench, 29-15.
Boone finished with a team-high 13 points and added five rebounds. Jackson contributed 12 points, with a game-high four steals. Weingartner supplied 10 points off of the bench. Schreck posted a game-high 11 rebounds and fell one-point shy of a double-double with nine points.
With the loss, Capital falls to 11-12 overall and 6-10 in Ohio Athletic Conference action. The Crusaders return to the hardwood on Wednesday as they host the Fightin' Quakers of Wilmington College. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.