On a night that lacked the usual energy in the Capital Center, the Crusaders certainly did not lack anything. Capital hosted the Wilmington Quakers in a battle for fourth place in the conference, and asserted their will from start to finish. They defeated the Quakers on the road back in January, and it was quickly made clear that the brooms would be out tonight.
The guard play for Capital was the story of the night. In the first half, the Crusader guards combined to score 34 of the 50 team points and a handful of them came from duo of dynamic freshmen. Trey Meister and Ryan Roth gave Head Coach Damon Goodwin a good glimpse into the future. They were making their impact felt all over the court, which helped lead the Crusaders to a 50-28 advantage at halftime.
Wilmington was able to find a groove coming out of halftime, though. The Quakers played some air-tight full court press, and it rushed Capital into some mistakes they were able to take advantage of. The Quakers were able to go on a run that brought them within 11 but, per-usual, the guard play of Capital put a quick end to that.
Ryan Roth hit a DEEP 3-pointer that completely quieted the Wilmington contingent for what seemed for good. But the Quakers would not completely go away. After pushing the lead up to 16, Wilmington fought back to within ten, with three minutes remaining in the game. Those final minutes were back and forth with fouls but Capital was ultimately able to stay on top and lock up the season sweep of the Quakers.
You are able to view the full game stats online at here. The Capital Men will be at home again on Saturday, February 22nd for Senior day against the Mount Union Purple Raiders.