By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Though the first half favored visiting Ohio Northern University, the Capital University Crusaders turned up the heat in the second half and the Polar Bears could not handle it. Cap landed a 20-point win, 79-59, at The Capital Center Performance Arena on Saturday afternoon led by Tyler Schreck's second double-double effort in his last three games.
KNOCK THE DOOR DOWN
- Ohio Northern began the game with a 7-2 run but after that, it was back-and-forth between the two teams throughout the first half. The Polar Bears trailed just for a three-minute stretch late in the half but then went on an 8-2 run to reclaim the lead before the break.
- From the onset of the second half, Capital was in the driver's seat with the foot on the floor. Sophomore Tyler Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) kicked off the scoring of the second half with two of his 16 second-half points.
- After holding a 46-43 lead, Capital then hit the pause button on ONU's scoring efforts. The Polar Bears were held without a point for 5:43 of game time while the Crusaders rolled out a 9-0 run to take a 55-43 lead.
- Cap then went on a streak of hot shooting in which they hit 5-of-6 field goals. Triples rained down off the fingers of Schreck, Ganiyu Yahaya, and freshmen Trey Meister and Griffin Doseck.
- While ONU hit a pair of threes in response that small retaliation accounted for one-third of its entire scoring in the second half. The Polar Bears hit just six field goals on 30 attempts (.200) in the second, three of which were 3-pointers.
- Conversely, Capital shot 48.3 percent (14-29) with five 3-pointers mixed in. They also turned its fortunes around from the charity stripe after hitting 12-of-14 free throws.
- Tyler Schreck scored 16 points tallied nine rebounds in the second half alone.
- Schreck finished the game with a career-high 24 points and was one rebound shy of tying his career high.
- He notched his second double-double over the last three games after tallying 12 boards in Saturday's win.
- He also had two assists, three steals and two blocks against the Polar Bears.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
- Ganiyu Yahaya (15) and Cameron Caldwell (10) joined Schreck in double-figure point totals.
- Junior Joe Hartmann put up a solid line score of eight points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
- ONU's most consistent source of offense came from C.J. Napier who led the Polar Bears with 20 points, seven of which came from the free-throw line. He also added seven rebounds which tied for the team high (Thomas Phillips).
Capital (9-8, 5-5 OAC) will hit the road for its next contest. The Crusaders will meet up with the Muskies of Muskingum University (7-10, 2-8 OAC) in New Concord on Wednesday, January 29. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The Crusaders will play at home next on Saturday, February 2 when they host rival Otterbein University (6-11, 3-7 OAC) as the second part of a doubleheader that evening.