By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Wednesday night's Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball showdown between Capital University (8-8, 4-5 OAC) and Heidelberg University (7-9, 5-4 OAC) needed two extra sessions to determine a winner. The Crusaders found themselves on the wrong end of the grueling battle at The Capital Center, falling short 96-91 in a loss to the Student Princes.
A FEW DEFINING MOMENTS
- Down by seven points with under five minutes to go in regulation, Capital continued to battle and eventually tied the game behind senior Joe Hartmann's inside game plus senior Ganiyu Yahaya's clutch shooting. Back-to-back triples by Yahaya put Capital up 68-67 with 2:19 to go in the game. After Heidelberg answered, Capital twice tied the game in the final 70 seconds.
- Capital had a chance at a game-winning shot at the end of the second half when Yahaya stole the ball away and sent it out to the far wing but Cameron Caldwell's deep desperation 3-pointer fell off the mark, leading both teams into the first overtime session.
- Multiple lead changes occurred in the first overtime and neither team ever took more than a one-possession lead. Tied 85-85, Capital had possession of the ball with 11 seconds to go and was ready to set up the game-deciding shot, but Reed Bradfield was called for a moving screen at the top of the key which turned the ball over with short time. Both teams swapped turnovers in the final seconds to send both teams to a second overtime session.
- Two key turnovers by the Crusaders turned the tide in the second overtime. Down one point, Ryan Roth has his pass stolen on the near wing which was converted into a Heidelberg bucket. The make increased the Student Prince lead to three, 89-86. After Bradfield closed the gap with a jumper, Cap was in the driver's seat to take the lead inside the final minute. Hartmann rebounded the HU miss but was unable to get the pass out of interior traffic, leading to a stolen pass. Emmanuel Perdue hit a 3-pointer on the other end to give the Berg a 92-88 lead with 48 seconds to go.
- Capital came within three points of the Student Princes but the guests made their free throws late and the Crusaders were could not overcome the late lead.
OTHER KEY NOTES
- Capital shot at a higher percentage than Heidelberg (.478), hitting 50.8 percent (33-65) of its shots over the course of the game.
- Heidelberg went 12-for-23 from 3-point range, including a stretch to start the game in which they hit five straight triples to build a 15-6 lead inside the first four minutes.
- Both teams struggled from the charity stripe. Capital finished 17-for-27 (.630) while Heidelberg went 18-for-27 (.667).
- Cap held the advantage on the board, 41-32, but Heidelberg did a better job converted turnovers into points. The Student Princes took advantage of Cap's 21 turnovers and turned those into 21 points.
- Heidelberg had 34 of its points come from the bench compared to Capital who posted just six points of its bench.
- All five Capital starters finished with double-figure point totals, led by Yahaya and Hartmann who both put up 20 points. Yahaya also contributed four steals, two assists and shot 7-for-11 on the day.
- Joe Hartmann recorded the first double-double of his career behind a 20-point, 13-rebound effort. He also chipped in three assists and one steal.
- Reed Bradfield was one rebound shy of a double-double after tallying 17 points and nine boards.
- Emmanuel Perdue led all scorers with 26 points in 34 minutes off the bench. He shot 10-for-17, including two triples.
Capital will regroup and ready itself for another home game on Saturday, January 25 when they host Ohio Northern University (6-10, 2-7 OAC) to start the second half of the conference schedule. The Polar Bears and Crusaders will meet at The Capital Center for a 2 p.m. tipoff.