By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Basketball is ending the year 2017 on a high not following its come-from-behind, overtime win against Mount St. Joseph University on Monday night, 80-73.
The Crusaders were down early and trailed by as many as 10 in the second half, but each time the Lions built a lead, Capital was able to keep within striking distance and claw its way back.
At the beginning of the extra five minutes with the score knotted at 68, MSJ struck first with a layup from Jordan Henry. Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) fired back with a three-pointer of his own to give Cap a 71-70 edge but another MSJ layup gave Mount St. Joseph the lead right back.
Cameron Caldwell (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville, South) converted a free throw and two from the charity stripe from Will Hannah (Milford, Ohio/Milford) put Cap ahead 74-72. A layup by Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) with 48 seconds left in the game gave Capital a four-point lead. Hannah hit four more free throws to ice the game for Capital.
From the 14:05 mark in the second half, Capital outscored MSJ 40-23, including 12-5 in overtime.
A 9-0 Capital run halfway through the second half kept the Crusaders in range and an and-one by Hannah with 5:15 left to play in regulation gave Capital a 63-62 advantage, Cap's first second-half lead.
The teams went back and forth for the following few minutes and a three-pointer from Henry with 41 seconds left tied the game at 68. The Lions had a chance to win the game in the waning seconds but their attempt rimmed out at the end of regulation.
Schreck scored a career-high 27 points to lead the game on 10-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Hannah finished with a double-double of 15 points, 7-of-8 from the charity stripe, and 10 rebounds and Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) scored 10. Cox scored nine points and pulled down 13 boards.
All five of Mount St. Joseph's starters scored double-digit points, led by Andrew Finley's 19.
As a team, Capital shot 52.7 percent from the floor and was 6-of-13 from three. The Crusaders out-rebounded the Lions 40-27 and more than doubled MSJ's free-throw attempts, 23-11.
The Crusaders will carry their 5-6 overall record into 2018 and look to improve their 1-3 Ohio Athletic Conference record on Wednesday, Jan. 3 when they will host Wilmington College in the team's first game of 2018. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.