By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Basketball has made a habit of spoiling a good time inside the DeCarlo Center. The Crusaders did so once again after knocking off John Carroll University (11-4, 4-4). Lead changes were aplenty through the entire second half and the final minute brought much drama, but in the end the Crusaders made one last stop to seal the road win, 73-72.
THE FINAL MOMENTS
- Tied at 67, both teams traded free throws but Cap held a one-point lead following both trips. Senior Ganiyu Yahaya then hit a layup to build the lead to three points with 2:46 remaining.
- A Capital foul sent JCU's Emmett Chambers to the free-throw line but he managed to hit just 1-of-2 freebies to keep the lead at two.
- Sophomore Tyler Schreck then scored on the other end to put Capital up by four, 73-69, with 2:08 remaining. This make proved to be the eventual game-winning shot. It was also the last points Cap would score.
- John Carroll then missed a shot on its next offensive effort but earned the first of three chances to draw closed. Ryan Roth turned the ball over and then reeled in two offensive rebounds on its own misses. Connor Fitzgerald then hit a 3-pointer to draw within one point, 73-72.
- Both teams swapped timeouts followed by a foul by John Carroll, but Schreck missed the free-throw attempt. John Carroll made one last push inside 10 seconds but Sean Flannery's layup attempt was off the mark. Schreck came down with the rebound to ice the game.
HOW WE GOT THERE
- Cap took an early lead but the host Blue Streaks took its first lead of the day at the midway point of the first half, 10-9. JCU held a brief seven-point lead but after freshman Griffin Doseck's 3-ball to make for a four-point deficit, 16-12, the Blue Steaks never led by more than five.
- Freshman Ryan Roth hit two triples down the stretch to give Capital a brief 32-31 lead but John Carroll scored the last four points of the first half to take a 35-32 lead into the locker room.
- John Carroll shot just 1-for-8 from behind the arc and was outrebounded by Capital, 22-14, in the opening stanza.
- Despite committing 12 turnovers, CU held the edge on overall shooting percentage in the first by 3.3 percent after shooting 43.3 percent (13-30).
- Capital shot at an even higher percentage after shooting 18-for-33 (.545) in the second half. They held John Carroll to just 36.4 percent (12-33) shooting.
- Cap also took better care of the ball by limiting itself to just six turnovers.
- Ganiyu Yahaya and Reed Bradfield took over in the second half with 12 and 10 points, respectively. They combined to hit 10-of-18 shots from field-goal range.
- JCU's Emmett Chambers led both sides with 22 points, though 10 of those came from the free-throw line. He was one rebound short of a double-double.
- Capital had four of its starters score in double figures, led by Ganiyu Yahaya's 17 points on 7-of-13 field goal shooting.
- Reed Bradfield scored 16 points and shot 50 percent (8-16), plus did it defensively with three blocks.
- Tyler Schreck (12) and Cameron Caldwell (11) also found double figures in the score sheet. Schreck tallied his first career double-double after adding 10 rebounds to his line.
Capital (8-7, 4-4 OAC) will now prepare for back-to-back home games beginning with its Wednesday night matchup against Heidelberg University. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at The Capital Center.