Crusaders Shut Down Muskies in Road Win

Pictured: Reed Bradfield (credit: Hannah Pinkelman)
Pictured: Reed Bradfield (credit: Hannah Pinkelman)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Muskingum University all-star guard Marcus Dempsey got his but the Crusaders shut down the rest of the Fightin' Muskies roster in its 76-61 win at the Anne C. Steele Center on Wednesday night. Four Capital players scored in double figures, helping the men's basketball team improve to 10-8 overall, 6-5 in Ohio Athletic Conference play.

Final statistics

STATS TELL THE STORY

  • All-conference Muskingum guard Marcus Dempsey came off the bench and scored 31 points to lead all scorers. He shot 11-for-21 and just 2-for-8 from behind the arc.
  • No other Muskingum player hit double figures in scoring with Noah Begue serving as next in line with nine points. The starting five was held to just 23 points.
  • Four of the five Capital starters scored 10 or more points. The Crusaders shot 45.6 percent from the field and went 6-for-19 (.316) from 3-point range.
  • Muskingum shot just 39.7 percent overall and 5-for-28 (.179) from long range.
  • Capital held a large advantage over Muskingum in the rebounding department, 44-31. Capital tallied 20 second-chance points to Musky's four behind those extra opportunities.

CRUSADERS BREAK AWAY

  • Capital made a series of runs to help create the separation needed to guide the team to victory. The first came in the final quarter of the first half.
  • Up 27-24, sophomore Tyler Schreck and freshman Trey Meister hit back-to-back shots, both off of Muskingum misses. A turnover then put the ball back into Cap's hands where sophomore Reed Bradfield pushed the lead to nine, 33-24, with another make.
  • Junior Joe Hartmann helped maintain that lead after hitting consecutive jumpers before heading into the final minute. The led was seven going into the half, 37-32.
  • Capital increased that lead to double digits after a short burst off offense when Cameron Caldwell and Ganiyu Yahaya both hit triples to sandwich Bradfield's layup. That outburst led to Cap taking a 53-42 lead with 16:06 to go. Caldwell later added another trey before Trey Meister confirmed his namesake with another 3-point to grow the lead to 18, 66-48.
  • Capital then rode out the last nine minutes for the 15-point victory.

TOP PERFORMERS

  • Reed Bradfield led Capital with 20 points on the evening behind an 8-for-15 shooting performance. She also went 4-for-5 from the free-throw line while adding four rebounds, one assist and one block.
  • Tyler Schreck scored 15 points and shared the team lead for rebounds (8) with Joe Hartmann.
  • Caldwell and Yahaya scored 10 and 12 points, respectively. Meister scored seven points off the bench.

NEXT UP: RIVALRY WEEKEND 2.0

Capital will now ready for round two of its rivalry against Otterbein University. The Crusaders and the Cardinals will meet up for the second leg of Saturday's OAC basketball doubleheader. Both school's women's basketball teams will kick off the doubleheader at 5 p.m. from inside The Capital Center.