By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital Men's Basketball finished the week 2-for-2 in defending its home floor by soundly defeating the Cougars of Chatham University (Pa.) by a final score of 97-69. The Crusaders featured 15 different point scorers in a game that was won with solid shooting performances and many a trip to the charity stripe.
While Chatham (1-1) shot well in the first half, its 10 turnovers in the first half helped Capital create distance in the score column. The Crusaders turned those 10 turnovers into 14 points and in turn shot 65.5 percent from the field, including a 6-for-11 effort from behind the arc. Sophomore guard Dan Auble (Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville) led the Crusaders with 10 points and three assists in the opening half.
Junior forward Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was a big factor in Capital holding the rebounding edge over Chatham in the first half, 15-12. The Crusaders' low post game was strong, featuring 20 points scored in the painted area compared to just four by the Cougars.
The substitutions began in the first half and even with the new faces, Capital built a 19-point lead after the first 20 minutes of action.
Chatham was unable to get its long-range game going in the second half, taking just nine shots from 3-point range and connecting on just two of those. In addition, the Cougars fell into foul trouble with two intentional and three technical fouls administered, resulting in 10 additional free throw opportunities for Capital.
Capital shot better than 60 percent in the second half as well as having put 20 points on the board via the free-throw line.
Fifty-two of Capital's points came from its bench players. Freshman Cameron Caldwell (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South) led those reserves with nine points and went 3-for-3 from the field.
Despite 97 points painting the Capital side of the scoreboard, only three players landed in double digits and no one scored more than 11. Auble's 11 points served as the team high with juniors Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) and Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) each chipping in 10, as well.
Freshmen Reed Bradfield (Dixie Heights, Ky./Dixie Heights), Logan Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview), Cameron Caldwell, Sam Lash (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville), John Burnham (Toledo, Ohio/St. Francis), and Joe Hartmann (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) all scored their first collegiate points in the win. As a group, they scored 35 points.
Capital (2-0) will now gear up to take on Wittenberg University at its place in part one of the annual NCAC/OAC Challenge on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Tipoff from Pam Evans Smith Arena is set for 8 p.m.