Capital Men’s Hoops Can’t Find Rhythm Against OWU

Pictured: Caleb Cox (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Caleb Cox (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – After a one-point loss in its first leg of the OAC/NCAC Challenge, Capital University Men's Basketball came into Sunday's game against Ohio Wesleyan University hungry for a win. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, they weren't able to find a rhythm and fell to 2-2 on the season.

Capital won the opening tip and Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) gave the Crusaders a 2-0 lead with a jumper. After that, Capital went scoreless for almost four minutes as OWU went on a 14-0 run. Will Hannah (Milford, Ohio/Milford) ended the Crusader drought, but Capital was never able to regain a lead.

The Bishops went into halftime up 45-28. The Capital offense sputtered, as the Crusaders shot less than 38 percent from the field, including 0-8 from three.

The second half was much of the same for Capital and buckets were hard to come by. The Bishops exploited the Capital defense by driving and kicking it out or going all the way to the basket. The Bishops hit 14 three-pointers to Capital's two.

Nick Axelrod led the game in scoring with 26 and Seth Clark was right behind him with 24. Axelrod also handed out nine assists. Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was the high scorer for Capital with 11 points and he added four rebounds. Freshman John Burnham (Toledo, Ohio/St. Francis) established a new career high with 10 points off the Capital bench.

The Crusaders also outrebound the Bishops, 40-35, and the Crusaders corralled nine offensive boards.

Capital will look to rebound on the road against Adrian College (Mich.) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.