It was the kind of environment you dream of as a collegiate athlete. Large crowd buzzing, music blasting in the arena, student section packed, that was the Capital Center on Saturday night for the Mens installment of the fiercest rivalry in Ohio.
Capital was looking to sweep their arch rival, and Ganiyu Yahaya started things off for Capital by scoring the first four points of the game and having an emphatic LeBron-style block off the backboard in the first 4 minutes. His early energy really pushed the team and they played some inspiring defense, holding Otterbein to just 10 points in the first 10 minutes of game time.
Otterbein started to match the energy a bit late in the half, but they had already dug themselves into a hole that was hard to get out of. Yahaya led the charge with 11 points, but the quiet hero for Capital was Tyler Schreck. Schreck also had 11 points and a team high 5 rebounds to go along with shooting 80% from the field. Capital took a 41-26 lead into halftime thanks to those two young men, on top of a Ryan Roth three-pointer that beat the first half buzzer, that sent the Cap Center into a frenzy.
Entering the second half Otterbein was looking to force their will a bit, as they were much more aggressive and opened the half on an 8-2 run. Capital was able to maintain though, and they responded with some suffocating defense and an 8-0 run of their own to push the lead back up to near 20, where it would stay for good. Things got a little chippy in the second with quite a bit of jawing and some hard fouls taking place, but the coaches and officials did a great job keeping things calm.
Tyler Schreck was the clubhouse leader in the second half; he was the main reason that Otterbein’s mini-run to begin the half didn’t amount to much momentum, and the Capital offense ran through him. He was without a doubt the biggest reason why Capital won the game and he was our BSB player of the game. Schreck had his fourth career Double-Double and finished the game with 24 points (ties his career-high), 10 rebounds, and 1 assist on 9-10 shooting.
Capital won the game 74-61, completing the season sweep of their arch nemesis Otterbein. It was an excellent team effort, and it gives the Men their third win in a row and a lot of confidence as they get ready to go down to Marietta on Wednesday to try and upset Marietta. You can check out final stats for tonight’s game at Athletics.Capital.edu