COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball took on Wilmington College in its last home matchup of the season. The Crusaders battled back after being down by 16. Austin Schreck picked up his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the 97-89 victory.
The Fightin' Quakers started the game with a 22-6 run that lasted 5:30. Cap responded with a 11-2 run which cut the Wilmington lead to 24-17 with 10:51 left in the half. During the run for Capital, sophomore Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./ Dixie Heights) and freshman Nate Boone (Columbus, Ohio/ Bishop Watterson) both scored four points. Freshman Dan Auble (Brecksville, Ohio/ Brecksville) added a 3-pointer.
After D.J. Iles made a 3-point shot for the Quakers, Schreck answered with a 3-ball of his own to keep the deficit at seven points, 27-20. Wilmington added a jump shot and sophomore Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/ Centerville) drained a shot from behind the arc to pull Cap within six points.
After two made free throws by Andrew Russell of Wilmington, the Crusaders countered with a 5-0 run. Weingartner converted an and-1 opportunity. Freshman Jaden O'Neal (Lima, Ohio/ Shawnee) blocked Iles and then assisted sophomore Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Oak Hills) on a jump shot, which cut the Fightin' Quaker lead to 31-28.
In a span of 3:07, both teams scored nine points to make the score 40-37 with 4:26 left in the half. Senior Tyrel Jackson (Dublin, Ohio/ Dublin Coffman) drained a shot from long range and Boone, Schreck and O'Neal each scored two points.
Christian Jones knocked down two free throws for Wilmington, before Capital scored five unanswered points to cut the Fightin' Quaker lead to just two points, 42-40 with 2:02 until halftime.
Wilmington finished the half with an 8-5 advantage, which made it a 50-47 lead at the half.
Schreck paved the way in the first half, with 12 points and six rebounds.
The Crusaders started the second half on fire sinking seven shot attempts and going on a 16-7 run. Jackson led the scorers with six points coming off of back-to-back 3-pointers which gave Cap its first lead. The second 3-point shot extended the lead to 63-57. Auble and Boone chipped in with five points each.
Jordan Jones made a layup to stop the Capital run. The Crusaders then scored six unanswered points to extend the lead to 69-59 with 13:36. Weingartner secured a missed free-throw attempt and found Boone in transition for a fast break jam.
Wilmington's Christian Jones led the Fightin' Quakers on a 9-3 run scoring all nine of the points and cut the Cap lead to 72-68.
The Crusaders did not let the Quakers' run deter their determination and scored seven unanswered led by freshman Tyler Jamison (Strongsville, Ohio/ Strongsville) with four points. Cap took a 79-68 lead.
Christian Jones hit another 3-point shot and Kameron Moore added a dunk as Wilmington scored five consecutive points to cut the Cap lead to six points, 79-73, with 7:30 left in regulation.
Capital strung together a 6-2 run and extended the lead to 85-75 with 4:35 left on the clock.
Wilmington cut the Cap lead back down to six points. Freshman Ganiyu Yahaya (Allen, Ky./ Wesley Christian) responded by draining a shot from downtown to extend the lead back to nine, 88-79.
The Fightin' Quakers clawed back with a 7-1 run and trimmed the Cap margin to just three points with 2:36 left in the game.
Jackson came up big with a 3-pointer and Auble added a jumper to expand the Capital lead to 94-86 with just under a minute left on the clock. Jamison closed out the scoring for Cap as he made three free throws, which made the final score 97-89.
For Wilmington, Christian Jones paved the way with a game-high 27 points while Iles had 15 points. The Quakers held the edge in fast-break points, 16-6, points off turnovers, 25-21, and points in the paint, 32-28.
Capital had the upper hand in bench points, outscoring the Wilmington bench 32-23. Cap outrebounded the Quakers, 36-29. The Crusaders offense showed up huge tonight as five players scored double-digit points, led by Weingartner with 19 points off of the bench. Boone and Jackson tallied 15 points a piece. Schreck notched his first career double-double with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Auble finished the game two points shy of tying a career-high with 14 points.
With the win, Capital moves to 12-12 overall and 7-10 in Ohio Athletic Conference play. The Crusaders return to action on Saturday as they travel to University Heights to finish up the season with a matchup against the Blue Streaks of John Carroll University. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.