By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
NEW CONCORD, Ohio – For the second game in a row, Capital Men's Basketball gave up 86 points to its opponent and the Crusaders again found themselves on the losing end of the scoreboard. Capital hung with the Fighting Muskies of Muskingum University for the majority of the game but in the end, the Crusaders didn't have enough to get over the hump in an 86-74 loss.
The Muskies jumped out to an early 8-2 lead several minutes into the contest but Capital responded to take an 11-10 lead thanks in part to five points from Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville). The next few minutes were a back-and-forth affair until Capital was able to build a seven-point lead with six minutes left in the half but that was the largest Crusader lead of the night. Muskingum battled all the way back and took a 36-33 lead into the break.
Capital tied the game twice in the second half but each time, Muskingum was able to score to regain the lead. The Crusaders never led again in the game. Capital shot 59 percent from the floor in the second half but fouls doomed the Purple and White. Muskingum took 13 more free throws in the second half alone and made eight more than Cap. The Muskies also had an advantage in bench points (34-8) and points off of turnovers (20-9) in the contest.
Weingartner was once again the leading scorer for Capital with 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-8 from downtown. For the second game in a row, Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) double-doubled with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) added 15 points and seven rebounds. Muskingum had four players in double digits, including Devon Peart with 19 off the bench. Marcus Dempsey led the Muskies with 25 points.
The Crusaders will once again look to end their losing streak on Saturday when they travel to Westerville to take on the Otterbein University Cardinals. Tip-off for that game is set for 2 p.m.