Hearts were really pumping for the Crusader faithful but the Crusaders would come up short in a double overtime loss. In a must win situation the Crusaders found themselves in a dog fight with the Student Princes. In the first half the Crusaders shot 55.6% from the floor. However, it was Heidelberg’s 3-point shooting that was the story in the first half. The Student Princes shot a ridiculous 61.5% from behind the arc. Alex Arellano led the way with 9 points. All three of Arellano’s points came behind the 3-point line.
As for the Crusaders they fought and clawed their way through the first half. Joe Hartmann led the way with 13 points. Hartmann was also very active on the glass, as he crashed the boards with 6 rebounds.
Reed Bradfield also grabbed 5 rebounds and had a total of 8 points. Bradfield had two monster blocks on the defensive side of the ball. The effort and hustle from both Bradfield and Hartmann is what kept the Crusaders in the game .
In the first few minutes of the second half the Crusaders found themselves with a 7-point lead after Ganiyu Yahaya stole the ball and got fouled hard on a fast break.
Just under seven minutes to go the Crusaders and Princes were just trading baskets. Heidelberg found themselves with a 61-58 lead after a one-and-one by Josh Dixon. Local Columbus native Tamal Watkins helped Heidelberg extend their lead 63-58 with 5:19 left in what was became one of the most crucial times in the game for both Capital and Heidelberg.
Leading the charge Ganiyu Yahaya scored the last 10 points for the Crusaders that allowed the Crusaders to climb and retake the lead with 2:20 left. It went back and forth and by the end of regulation it was all tied up 72.
In overtime Cameron Caldwell hit a big three to take the lead at 75-72. As it did in the second half, both teams exchanged blows, trading 3-pointers early. Cameron Caldwell hit two big free throws to tie the game at 82-82 with 1:23 left. After Yahaya fouled out, freshman Griffin Doseck had a monster block that led to a one-and-one opportunity for Tyler Schreck, who nailed both of his free throws. Up 84-83 Cameron Caldwell was at the line and made one of his two free throws to extend the lead to 85-83 with just 23 seconds left. Heidelberg would answer to tie the game. A couple questionable calls against both teams triggered double overtime with the score 85-85.
Back and forth the game went.
Both teams fought hard as the Crusaders found themselves down by three, but turnovers derailed the Crusaders. Emmanuel Perdue would hit the dagger to extend the lead 92-88 for the Student Princes. Dylan Woods of Heidelberg would sink all hopes for the Crusaders by hitting both of his free throws to make final score 96-91.