By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – Coming into Saturday's game, Capital University Men's Basketball knew that it would have a hard time containing a John Carroll University offense that was averaging 104.9 points per game. The good news for Capital was that the Crusaders were able to hold the Blue Streaks to "only" 95 points. Unfortunately, the Crusaders were not able to score enough themselves in the 95-74 loss.
The Blue Streaks jumped out to a 5-0 lead following a layup by Allen Stokes and three-pointer from John Cirillo. Two Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) free-throws got Cap on the board but three-straight John Carroll scores put the Crusaders in an 11-2 hole less than three minutes in.
With fewer than 10 minutes to play in the first half, John Carroll led by 20, 39-19, but the Crusaders ended the half on a roll, outscoring the Blue Streaks 23-13 in the final seven minutes of the half to cut the deficit to 10.
Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) scored on Capital's first possession of the second half to bring Capital within eight but for each Crusader basket, John Carroll was able to respond and then some.
Capital was able to go on a 13-1 run with less than seven minutes left in the game but could not bring the deficit back into the single digits.
The Crusaders were led in scoring by Cameron Caldwell's (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South) 14, eight of which came from the charity stripe. Cox added 12 points and eight boards and Schreck and Weingartner each ended the contest with 10 points.
Ryan Berger led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Matthew Csuhran scored 17 points off of the John Carroll bench, a bench that outscored Capital's reserves 37-26.
In addition to JCU's strong bench production, the Blue Streaks scored 44 points off of 29 Capital turnovers compared to Capital's 15 points off of 17 John Carroll turnovers.
Capital (6-7, 2-4 Ohio Athletic Conference) will be at home on Wednesday, Jan. 10 to host Heidelberg University as the team tries to even its overall record. That game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff.