By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
BEREA, Ohio – After scoring a career-high 28 points on Wednesday, Capital University Men's Basketball junior guard Austin Schreck followed that performance with one of the best all-around games of his career on Saturday against Baldwin Wallace University. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, they came up just short against the Yellow Jackets in a 67-65 loss.
With three minutes left and trailing by one, Capital earned its first lead of the second half thanks to a Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) jumper that put Cap up 58-57. On the ensuing BW possession, Michael Quiring answered with a jumper of his own to reclaim a one-point lead.
The Yellow Jackets extended the lead to four after Jay Battle hit a layup, was fouled and nailed the free throw with 2:08 to play. The Crusaders refused to fold and tied the game at 62 with layups from Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) and Will Hannah (Milford, Ohio/Milford).
With only 40 seconds the play, the Yellow Jackets put the ball in Quiring's hands again and the guard knocked down a triple from the left wing that forced a Capital timeout. On Capital's possession out of the timeout, the Crusaders turned the ball over and had to immediately foul, sending Battle to the line where he hit two with 28 seconds to play, BW up 67-62.
Schreck was off the mark from three on Capital's next attempt but Cox was able to get the offensive board. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, they were not able to convert on the extra chance. After a missed Baldwin Wallace free throw the Yellow Jackets fouled, stopping the clock with only seconds remaining. Joey Weingartner (Circleville, Ohio/Circleville) hit a triple as time expired but it was too little, too late for Capital.
Schreck scored 16 points in the contest and stuffed the stat sheet with eight rebounds, a career-high nine assists and two steals. Weingartner scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. Quiring and Battle each scored 16 for the Yellow Jackets. For his performance, Schreck was named the Al Sirat Grotto Player of the Game.
Baldwin Wallace came out of the starting gates on fire, hitting three of the team's first four shots, to take an early 8-2 lead. Capital battled right back to tie the game at eight with 15 minutes to play in the first half and kept pace with BW for the next several minutes. The Yellow Jackets took a 17-13 lead with 10 minutes until the break but a 12-4 scoring run for the Crusaders put the Purple and White up 25-21.
BW regained the lead with four minutes on the clock and scored 10 unanswered until Schreck ended the drought with a jumper that pulled Cap within four. Weingartner nailed a triple just before the half but BW answered and went into the break leading 33-30.
Coming out of halftime, Schreck converted a jump shot that made it a one-point game but the Yellow Jackets once again had a response. BW went on a 7-0 run that gave it a 44-36 edge until the Crusaders narrowed the gap with around 11 minutes to play.
Five points in a row from Weingartner made the score 48-44 and a few minutes later he nailed a triple that cut the deficit to three, 54-51. Following a three from Jake Fetherolf, Cox and Hannah pulled the Crusaders within one and then Schreck hit the shot that gave Cap the lead. Fifteen of Weingartner's points came in the second half.
As a team, Capital shot 8-of-13 from beyond the arc and had a 24-18 advantage in points in the paint. The Crusaders also shot 45 percent from the floor compared to 39.7 percent for the Yellow Jackets.
The Crusaders (11-12, 7-9 Ohio Athletic Conference) now only have two games remaining in the regular season and currently sit in fifth-place in the conference. The team will hope to improve that standing when it travels to Wilmington College on Wednesday to take on the Fightin' Quakers. Tipoff for that contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.