No. 20 Men’s Hoops Imposes its Will on Polar Bears

Pictured: Will Hannah (photo credit: Joe Maiorana)
Pictured: Will Hannah (photo credit: Joe Maiorana)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

ADA, Ohio – From start to finish, Capital University men's basketball dominated both sides of the floor at the ONU Sports Center with its demonstrative 102-49 win over the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears on Friday night. The nationally-ranked Crusaders topped 100 points for the first time since 2013 behind the team's leading scorer, Austin Schreck, and his 22 points.

Capital (14-3, 9-1 OAC), ranked 20th in the country coming into the contest, had one of its best shooting nights of the season as the team finished the evening with a 58.2 percent (39-67) shooting mark from field goal range and an even 50 percent (10-20) success rate from the field.

Leading all scorers was senior Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Height) with his 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting and perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Schreck was one of four Crusaders to score in double figures against the Polar Bears. Joining him from the starting five were seniors Joey Weingartner (Circleville, Ohio/Circleville) and Will Hannah (Milford, Ohio/Milford), who scored 18 and 10, respectively. Junior guard Dan Auble (Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville) also contributed 12 points off of the bench after hitting 5-of-6 field goals and 2-of-3 3-point attempts.

Twelve Capital players found the scoresheet including freshman Tyler Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) who did so for the first time in his career behind a six-point night in 13 minutes played. Freshman Dylan Dupler made his debut in Purple and White following his transfer from Marshall University.

If holding Ohio Northern (4-13, 0-10 OAC) to just 49 points was not enough of a defensive statement, the numbers behind the Polar Bears' lack of offensive production tell the tale. Capital held ONU to just 30.4 percent shooting from the field and just 5-of-20 (.250) from behind the arc. The Crusaders forced the Polar Bears into 22 turnovers which were converted into 30 points. Cap also held the edge in rebounding, 39-26.

On an individual level, Cap's defense held ONU All-American Ryan Bruns to just seven points and five rebounds and the team's leading scorer, Colton Bachman, to just eight points.

Cap outscored the Polar Bears 55-29 in the first half, which set the tone for the rest of the contest. The Crusaders bettered that effort in the second half by winning the second half, 47-20. At one point, Cap had jumped out to a 35-8 run as the second half progressed. The Purple and White's largest lead was recorded at 57 points in the latter stages of the second.

Friday night win keeps Capital in a tie for first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference standings with Marietta College. Cap will now rest for a long weekend and will host Muskingum University in its next action on Wednesday, January 23. The will tipoff at The Capital Center at 7 p.m. The Crusaders defeated the Muskies 70-62 in their previous meeting in New Concord on December 6.