Late Three Gives Cap Men’s Hoops its Third Straight Loss to End Nonconference Play

Pictured: Joey Weingartner (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Joey Weingartner (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

ADRIAN, Mich. – After allowing 87 points in its previous game, Capital University Men's Basketball's defense put the clamps down on Adrian College (Mich.) and allowed only 55 points. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, they were only able to score 52 points themselves and the team fell to 2-3 on the young season, its third loss in a row.

The score was tied at 52 with only a few seconds remaining after junior guard Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) tied the game on a reverse layup following an offensive rebound. On the ensuing Adrian possession, the Bulldogs raced up the court, the ball found Jordan Harris and Harris buried a three-pointer with one second left on the clock to win it for Adrian. It was the second time this season that Capital has lost after its opponent scored on the final possession of the game.

Neither team enjoyed a successful shooting night, with Capital shooting 37 percent from the floor and Adrian hitting at a 36 percent clip. The Bulldogs were 7-of-18 from beyond the arc compared to 4-of-20 for Capital. Junior Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) hit three of those triples for Cap en route to a team-high 18 points. Schreck finished the game with 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

The teams went into the locker rooms at halftime with Adrian nursing a 22-20 lead, Capital's lowest-scoring first half of the year but also its best defensive half. The team went back and forth to start the second half but by the 10 minute mark, Capital had a 42-33 lead. The Bulldogs then went on a 13-0 scoring run to take a 46-42 lead with 4:52 to play. The two teams exchanged small leads from that point on until the final buzzer. Jeremy Kalonji paced the Bulldogs with 19 points and Harris finished with 10.

Capital will look to end its losing streak against another tough opponent when it hosts Ohio Northern University in the team's Ohio Athletic Conference opener on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.