By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
TIFFIN, Ohio – Capital University Men's Basketball saw its 12-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night in a heartbreaking loss to Heidelberg University, 63-62, the team's first Ohio Athletic Conference loss of the season. The Crusaders held a narrow lead for the majority of the game but in the final seconds, Heidelberg was able to nudge ahead for the victory.
After maintaining a small lead for the most of the game, the Crusaders and Heidelberg were battling for the lead late in the second half in one of Capital's lowest-scoring games of the season. Capital led for the entire second half until only 6:16 was left on the game clock when Heidelberg tied the game at 50 thanks to a layup from James Hanley. On Heidelberg's next possession, the Student Princes took their first second-half lead on another layup from Connor Hutchison. Heidelberg's lead grew to 54-50 following another layup but a pair of free throws from Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) cut the deficit to only two before Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) tied the game with 3:17 to play.
The Student Princes responded again with a made basket to reclaim the advantage but again Schreck tied the game again with two minutes remaining. Continuing his clutch scoring, Schreck gave the Crusaders the lead back after stealing the ball and Capital led 58-56 with only 1:47 left in the game. Again though, Heidelberg knotted the game at 58. Capital showed no signs of giving up though and again the Crusaders inched ahead thanks to a layup from Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills).
With only 50 seconds left in the game on Heidelberg's next possession, Josh Dixon was fouled and awarded two free throws and he converted the pair to again tie the game. However, Schreck was fouled on Capital's ensuing offensive trip and the senior calmly knocked down both of his attempts to tie the game once again and Capital called timeout with only 37 seconds to play in the game.
After the timeout and with Capital ahead 62-60, the Crusaders forced a Heidelberg miss but could not hit the first free throw of a one-and-one try and the Student Princes got the ball back and called timeout with only 11 seconds to go. After the stoppage, the Student Princes got into their offensive set and Myron Prewitt buried a game-tying layup through contact and a foul with only three seconds left in the game. Prewitt made what turned out to be the game-winning free throw as a last-second shot from Capital did not go in.
Capital was outscored 39-36 in the second half after finishing the first half with a 26-24 lead. Schreck finished with a game-high 20 points and added eight rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
Despite the loss, Capital was able to celebrate a milestone achieved by one of its seniors. Coming into the game, Joey Weingartner was only eight points shy of 1,000 career points. The senior guard recorded his first points at the 8:09 mark of the first half and then hit a triple less than two minutes later to give him five points. After halftime, Weingartner hit another two-point jumper to bring him within one and at the 15:41 mark of the second half, he fittingly buried a 3-pointer to eclipse the mark. Weingartner is the 33rd member of Capital's 1,000 career point club.
Weingartner will have a chance to add to his total as the Crusaders look to get back in the win column on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Ohio Northern University. Tipoff in Ada is scheduled for 2 p.m.