By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – If there was any rust for Capital University Men's Basketball after a 15-day break between games, it did not show on Wednesday night in the team's 72-58 win over Wilmington College, Capital's fourth win in its past five games.
The Crusaders never trailed in the game and jumped out to a 9-0 lead before Wilmington scored its first bucket almost four minutes into the contest. Junior guard Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) opened the scoring with a jumper, Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) nailed a layup and three-pointer and Will Hannah (Milford/Milford, Ohio) converted a layup before D.J. Iles ended the Capital run.
Capital did not look back from there and scored efficiently at will. The Crusaders shot better than 45 percent from the floor in the first half and were 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. As strong as Capital's offense was, its defense was even better.
The Crusaders held the Quakers to only 18.8 percent shooting in the first half, including 1-12 from deep. Even with a 37-20 lead at the half, the Crusaders kept the defensive intensity high in the second. Wilmington improved from the field after halftime but still shot only 12-of-29 from the field 28.6 percent from three. For the game, the Quakers shot 29.5 percent from the field and 19.2 percent from deep, both the lowest figures for a Capital opponent so far this season.
The Crusaders were led once again by Weingartner with 22 points in the game and Hannah poured in 19. Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) pulled down 14 rebounds and in his first game since Nov. 21, sophomore forward Nate Boone (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) returned from injury to score five points in 13 minutes.
Christian Jones led Wilmington with 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Isles and Kevin Lewis tied for second on the team in scoring with eight points each. Capital dominated the paint, out-rebounding Wilmington by a 52-25 margin, including a 17-8 Cap advantage on the offensive glass, and outscoring the Quakers 28-14 down low.
The Crusaders (6-6, 2-3 OAC) will hit the road on Saturday, Jan. 6 to take on John Carroll University in University Heights as they will try to even up their conference record. Tipoff for that contest is scheduled for 2 p.m.