By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Basketball carried on its winning form on Saturday afternoon in The Capital Center against Ohio Northern University with the Crusaders claiming a 79-53 win. The win was Capital's fifth in a row as the Crusaders (5-2, 3-0 Ohio Athletic Conference) were led by one of their senior leaders en route to a career milestone.
Ohio Northern scored the first basket of the game but Capital scored the next seven points to go up 7-2 less than a minute and a half in. The Crusaders never relinquished their lead after that point. Senior guard Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) began the game just 16 points shy of 1,000 career points and he scored four of Cap's first seven while Cameron Caldwell (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South) had the other three. Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) and Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) also joined the fun to increase Capital's lead to seven, 13-6, with 13 minutes to play in the first half.
Capital went up by double-digits with just under 10 minutes left in the half after Schreck hit back-to-back layups to increase his point total to eight. A minute later, Schreck added his ninth and 10th points as Capital went ahead 22-11. Schreck hit another layup to increase Capital's lead to 27-11 and a 3-pointer with 5:29 left in the first half pulled the senior to 999 career points. Schreck then became the 32nd player in program history to reach the 1,000 career points mark with a free throw with 4:24 remaining in the first half.
Schreck led all scorers in the game with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-4 from downtown. He also added four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block.
The Crusaders led 40-20 at halftime while holding ONU to 6-of-25 from the floor in the opening 20 minutes. Capital forced 10 first-half turnovers.
The second half was much of the same from the Crusaders as the offensive and defensive intensity sustained itself through the break and into the final period. Capital's largest lead of 31 points came with 10:29 left in the second.
Weingartner was the game's second-leading scorer with 16 points and five rebounds and Cox narrowly missed a double-double with eight points but a career-high 17 rebounds while also limiting ONU's Ryan Bruns to only 12 points and nine rebounds.
As a team, the Crusaders shot 27-of-65 and Capital's defense forced ONU into a 17-of-57 shooting performance. Capital outrebounded the Polar Bears 47-42, had an 18-10 advantage in points off of turnovers and ran ONU out of the gym on the fast break with 26 fastbreak points compared to Northern's two.
Capital will be back in The Capital Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12 to host Denison University in a non-conference matchup while trying to extend the winning streak to six games. Tip off between the Crusaders and Big Red is scheduled for 7 p.m. The team will also present Schreck with a commemorative ball celebrating his 1,000 career points prior to tipoff.