Yahaya Leads Cap to Victory Over Geneva

Pictured: Ganiyu Yahaya (credit: Hanna Pinkelman)
Pictured: Ganiyu Yahaya (credit: Hanna Pinkelman)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Capital University men's basketball team kicked off the weekend with a solid 78-69 win over Geneva College on the first day of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament. The Crusaders defeated the host Golden Tornadoes to improve its overall record to 2-2 before tomorrow's matchup with Grove City College.

Final statistics

THAT'S THE WAY IT IS

  • Geneva held the advantage through the first eight minutes. The Crusaders took its first lead behind a 14-1 run midway through the first half. Sophomore Reed Bradfield (Dixie Heights, Ky.) scored eight of the Crusaders' points during the run, which put the Crusaders up 25-16 with 7:51 to go.
  • Senior Ganiyu Yahaya dropped a last-second layup to help the Crusaders take a six-point lead into halftime, 35-29. Twelve of his game-high 29 points came in the first half, leading the Crusaders.
  • Geneva retook the lead behind Matt Veynovich's 3-pointer 6:30 into the second half.
  • Capital was held scoreless for nearly five minutes of game time. In the meantime, the Golden Tornadoes built its lead to eight points with 10:46 remaining.
  • Both teams failed to score for the next 1:39 before freshman Griffin Doseck (Anna, Ohio/Anna) broke the dry spell by converting an and-one opportunity. On Cap's next possession, junior guard Cameron Caldwell (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South) repeated the and-one effort to bring Cap to within two points of Geneva, 48-46. Caldwell's 3-ball combined with Yahaya's layup on consecutive possessions helped Cap regain the lead, 51-50, with 6:59 to go.
  • Capital stepped it up from behind the arc with threes by Yahaya and freshman Ryan Roth to push the Crusaders' lead to seven, 59-52, with 5:05 to go. Roth hit two triples less than 90 seconds apart to feed into a successful half from long range.
  • Successful free throw shooting plus Yahaya's dunk in the waning minutes put the exclamation point on Capital's 78-69 win.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Both teams shot 40 percent or better, though Capital's shooting marks were better after going 28-for-62 (.452) on the night.
  • After going 3-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half, the Crusaders went 5-for-7 (.714) in the second half. Conversely, Geneva went 6-for-22 (.273) from behind the arc in the game.
  • Of Capital's 78 points, 22 came from the bench, led by Griffin Doseck (10).
  • Cap caused Geneva to commit 18 turnovers, which translated into 18 CU points.

KEY CONTRIBUTORS

  • Ganiyu Yahaya (Abuja, Nigeria/Wesleyan Christian) dropped 29 points which serves as a new career high. His previous best was 19 points, which he posted earlier this season. He also added four rebounds, two steals and an assist.
  • Cameron Caldwell scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting and added six assists, three rebounds, and two steals.
  • Griffin Doseck was one rebound away from his first double-double after scoring 10 and grabbing a team-high nine rebounds.
  • Reigning PAC Basketball Player of the Week Ethan Moose scored 29 points and posted 13 rebounds to lead the Golden Tornadoes.
  • Nick Rusyn was the only other Geneva player to score in double figures behind 12 points.

SHORT TURNAROUND

Capital, now 2-2 after its win, will face a short turnaround with its second game in as many days when it plays Grove City College (1-4) on Saturday, November 23 on day two of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament hosted by Geneva. The Crusaders and Wolverines will kick off the day's action at 1 p.m. from Geneva College.