By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Basketball has found an offensive groove early on in the 2018-19 season, scoring at least 78 points in each of the team's past four games. On Wednesday night, that streak was kept alive in large part thanks to the hot shooting of Joey Weingartner who scored a career-high 32 points in Capital's 79-67 win over Adrian College (Mich.)
Weingartner scored the very first bucket of the game with a 3-pointer on the game's first possession, a shot that put the Crusaders ahead for good. Capital never trailed in the contest. After a layup from Will Hannah, Weingartner nailed another triple for his second of the first half. The senior from Centerville, Ohio connected on 5-of-10 shots from behind the arc in the first half and finished the opening 20 minutes with 17 points. Weingartner was the only player on either side with double-digit points after 20 minutes of play.
As Weingartner's shooting propelled Capital, the Crusaders' lead fluctuated between five and 12 points in the first half. Adrian shot only 9-of-26 from the floor in the opening period and were 1-of-8 from the free throw line as Capital led 32-23.
After the halftime break, Weingartner scored the first points of the second half with another long-range connection. Adrian scored back-to-back baskets to cut its deficit to single digits again but five unanswered Capital points increased the lead again. Capital's largest lead of 17 points came at the 14:15 mark after a pair of Cameron Caldwell free throws that made the score 52-37. From there, Capital's lead hovered around 10 points until the end of the game.
Weingartner finished the night 11-of-20 from the field and 9-of-16 on 3-pointers. He was 5-of-8 in the second half, including 4-of-6 from deep. Hannah was Capital's second-leading scorer with 12 points while Caleb Cox chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds while battling foul trouble for most of the night. Senior guard Austin Schreck contributed in all areas with seven points, eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block. Jeremy Kalonji led Adrian with 20 points while Tre'Shon Heard had 18 points and nine boards.
As a team Adrian outshot Capital from the field and from behind the arc but the Crusaders hit 15 of their 25 attempts from the free throw line while the Bulldogs were only 3-of-14. Capital also held a decicive 50-32 advantage on the boards, including a 14-5 lead in offensive rebounds. The Crusaders had 19 second chance points to Adrian's two.
Capital will finish off its current three-game homestand on Saturday, Dec. 1 when the Crusaders begin Ohio Athletic Conference play against rival Otterbein University. Tip off in The Capital Center Performance Arena is scheduled for 1 p.m.