On what was a busy day at the Capital Center, the Men’s basketball team needed to get a win and had a healthy crowd on hand to watch.
The Capital Crusaders have had an up and down season and today was certainly one that would be fitting in the ‘ups’ category. The Men got themselves a much needed victory in pretty impressive fashion, as they defeated Ohio Northern, 79-59.
The first half went by in the blink of an eye and was extremely competitive. Capital started off the game a little slow as ONU jumped out to a 7-2 lead, but the energy and the crowd in the Cap Center helped keep the team in it. Ohio Northern shot 55% from the field in the first half but were only up by three at halftime. Joe Hartmann was a big factor in the first half, making a number of impact plays, but the real player of the game was sophomore wing Tyler Schreck.
In the second half, led by Schreck, Capital started the half on a 7-2 run of their own which never really ended. Tyler led the charge on offense in the second half, as he scored 18 points on 5-7 shooting. He ultimately finished with 12 rebounds and 24 points, which sets a new career high for him and nearly doubles his previous.
It wasn’t all on him though, Capital had it going on offense today, as the Crusaders finished the game with three guys in double figures and shooting 47% as a team. The men also played amazing defense in the second half, as they held the Polar Bears scoreless for nearly five minutes and only gave up 22 points on 20% shooting. This was a dream of a second half performance by the Crusaders, and one that they can truly build off of, as the guys have to be feeling pretty confident with the way they all played.
The men will be back in action on the road Wednesday to face off with Muskingum, and then come back home next Saturday night to square off with arch rival Otterbein.