MARIETTA, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball team lost a tough road contest against nationally-ranked Marietta College, 82-62, on Wednesday night. Marietta's depth got the best of the Crusaders after they pulled away in the second half.
THE WAY IT HAPPENED
- No. 16 Marietta wasted no time in jumping out to a double-digit lead over the Crusaders. With 13:43, the Pioneers led by 10 after scoring six straight points as part of an 8-0 run.
- The Pioneers scored in small spurts which eventually led to a 16-point lead with 5:00 to go in the first half.
- Capital's early struggles to score landed them just 26 first-half points. Cap attempts 10 3-pointers in the opening half and connected on just two.
- While Marietta did not fare much better from long range, they also shot nearly 18 percent better than the Crusaders and had a plus-six rebounding advantage to help guide them to a 16-point halftime lead, 42-26.
- Cap kept within arm's reach of the Pioneers early in the second half and even cut the deficit to single digits after Ganiyu Yahaya scored five of six CU points in a one-minute span. His and-one conversion made the score 54-48 with 10:28 remaining in the second half.
- Despite the resurgence, Marietta responded with a five-point outburst to set back the Capital comeback. The run extended to 11-0 which put Marietta in the driver's seat for the rest of the contest.
- Capital shot just 35.5 percent from the field and 4-for-25 (.160) from 3-point range. Marietta combated that by shooting 45.7 percent and 9-of-23 (.391) from long range.
- Marietta did most of their damage in the painted area after posting 42 of its 82 points in the paint.
THOSE THAT MADE IT HAPPEN
- Four of Capital's five starters ended the day with 10 or more points. However, only 15 points came from the Capital bench, which was called upon after Joe Hartmann went down in the opening minutes.
- Senior Ganiyu Yahaya led the Crusaders with 15 points. He supported that line with four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
- Reed Bradfield (11), Cameron Caldwell (11) and Tyler Schreck (10) joined him in double figures. Schreck tallied his fourth double-double of the season after adding 10 rebounds.
- Marietta's scoring effort was led by Tim Kreeger and Lukas Isaly. Both recorded 18 points. Caleb Hoyng scored nine points and added 10 boards.
Capital (11-9, 7-6 OAC) will regroup and play at home this weekend when they host John Carroll University (13-7, 6-7 OAC) at The Capital Center. The Crusaders and Blue Streaks will tip off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 8. Capital won the last meeting with JCU at the DeCarlo Center, 73-72, on Jan. 18.