By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball team found no issue with its offense on Wednesday night, doubling its previous game's offensive output and turning a nine-point halftime deficit into a five-point win over Wilmington College. The Crusaders overcame the Fightin' Quakers, 92-87, in Fred Raizk Arena to jump above .500 in conference play.
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HANGING IN THROUGH THE FIRST HALF
- The Crusaders found themselves stuck on 12 points for nearly three minutes in which time the host Quakers broke out to turn a one-point lead into a 12-point advantage. Wilmington went on a 9-0 run to double up Cap, 24-12 near the midway point of the first half.
- Six different scorers helped bring Cap to within one possession heading into the final minutes of the first half. Junior Cameron Caldwell scored back-to-back layups to but the lead to 10, and then four different Crusaders continued to pound the inside with close-range makes to make for a 34-32 game.
- Wilmington began creeping away with the lead again but Ryan Roth's 3-pointer revitalized Cap in the moment to make for a 38-35 deficit.
- Aaron Mullins and Jeffery Mansfield then hit triples for Wilmington, helping them take a nine-point lead into the locker room.
QUICK TO COME BACK
- Cap wasted no time going back to what kept the game close in the first half. Joe Hartmann hit the first and second buckets of the second half, sparking an 8-0 run that ended with two freebies from the line by the junior. The mini-run made the score Capital 50, Wilmington 51.
- Capital took the lead from Wilmington for the first time when sophomore Reed Bradfield hit a jumper near the 12:23 mark to make the score 60-59.
- Both teams exchanged blows and kept within four points of one another all the way inside the five-minute mark. Sophomore Tyler Schreck then hit a key 3-pointer to create some daylight, which put CU up 79-74 with 3:40 remaining.
- Wilmington tied it up once again when Colin Myers hit a 3-pointer, but Bradfield responded with a jumper on the other end to reclaim that lead. Yahaya took advantage of a miss on the home end of the floor and converted his own two-point shot to extend the lead to four, 87-83.
- Joe Hartmann then came up with a clutch block on the very next possession. Despite getting the ball back, Wilmington was unable to hit either of its two 3-point shot attempts at the end which induced a free-throw shooting competition.
- Capital went 7-for-10 from the charity stripe in the final minutes to help secure its 92-87 win over the Quakers.
- Reed Bradfield (Dixie Heights, Ky./Dixie Heights) set a new career high with 28 points, eclipsing his previous best of 21 set December 16. He has now scored 20 or more points in two of his last three games and 15 or more in four games. He shot 80 percent from the field against the Quakers, hitting 12-of-15 shot attempts on the night.
- Joe Hartmann (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) joined Bradfield in the 20-point club, ending the evening with an even 20 on 6-of-7 shooting plus a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. His 20 points set a new career high and marks back-to-back games with 10 or more points, a first in his career. He also added seven rebounds in the win.
- Ganiyu Yahaya (Abuja, Nigeria/Wesleyan Christian) tallied a double-double behind 15 points and 10 rebounds, while also added two blocks and two steals.
- Four of the five starters on both sides scored in double digits. Wilmington was led by forward Colin Meyers, who went 4-for-10 from 3-point range.
- Cap shot 56.7 percent (34-60) from the field, bettering Wilmington's respectable 46.6 success rate.
- The Crusaders also held a large advantage in trips to the free-throw line with 28 to WC's 10, hitting 22 of those attempts for 78.6 percent mark.
- Fifty-six of Capital's 92 points (61%) came in the painted area.
Capital, now 7-5 overall and 3-2 in OAC play, will continue its road stint this weekend with a trip to Alliance, Ohio on Saturday, January 11. The Crusaders will take on the University of Mount Union Purple Raiders (9-3, 4-1 OAC), whom they shared the 2018-19 regular season title with.