By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Despite the record, Capital University Men's Basketball knew that it would have a fight on the road at rival Otterbein University (0-8, 0-3 OAC) in the second game of Capital's three-game road trip. For much of the afternoon, that remained true but second-half heroics allowed the Crusaders to pull away in their 70-59 win against the Cardinals on Saturday.
For the fourth straight game, junior guard Joey Weingartner led the Crusaders (3-5, 1-2 OAC) with a new career-high 28 points on 11-of-22 shooting, including 20 second-half points. Weingartner started the offensive machine early and didn't let up. The Crusaders shot 9-of-25 from the field as a team in the first half and found themselves on top 24-19, led by Weingartner's eight points.
The Capital defense also put the clamps on the Cardinals. With five minutes left in the first half, the Cardinals were shooting only 2-of-15 from the field, though they trailed by only one because of seven made free throws. By halftime, the Cardinals had improved their shooting, but only to 17 percent, 4-of-23 from the floor.
Weingartner scored four quick points to start the second and Cameron Caldwell (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South) pushed the Cap lead to eight with two made free throws. After a few minutes of trading baskets, Otterbein was able to get it to a 40-35 game but five points was the closest the Cardinals got for the rest of the contest. Five points from Weingartner and back-to-back layups by Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) pushed the lead to 10, 49-39, with 10 minutes left to play. The two teams traded scores for the rest of the game.
In addition to his 28 points, Weingartner grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists. Forward Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) double-doubled for the third game in a row with 12 points and 10 boards and Schreck contributed 14 points and five rebounds. Maurice Beavers led the Cardinals with 19 points and Eddie Anders added 12 off the bench.
Capital defense throttled the Cardinal offense all game and Otterbein finished shooting 31 percent from the floor, 18-of-58. Capital shot 28-of-55 as a team for a 50.9 shooting percentage. The Crusaders also dominated in the paint with a 44-33 advantage on the boards and a 34-18 edge in points in the paint.
Capital will look to build on its one-game winning streak when they travel to Denison University on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 7 p.m.