By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The countdown of the Top 10 Moments of 2018-19 has concluded for Capital University Athletics. Over the past five weeks, we unveiled the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Thank you for joining us as we traversed through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
Top Moment #1: Men's Basketball Knocks Off Nationally-Ranked Marietta in Front of Raucous Home Crowd to Complete Season Sweep
Finally! After five weeks of anticipation, we have reached #1 on our countdown of the top moments of the past athletic year with one of the most electric games in recent memory claiming the top spot. On a cold January night at The Capital Center, the anticipation for this contest started long before tipoff between Capital University Men's Basketball and Marietta College. Coming into the game, the #19 Crusaders had been steadily climbing up the D3Hoops.com National Top 25 for three weeks while perennial powerhouse Marietta came in as the eighth-ranked team in the country. Adding to the drama of a top-20 matchup, Capital had narrowly edged the Pioneers 82-78 at Marietta on Jan. 9 in the win that vaulted Capital into the national rankings.
When the Pioneers came to attempt to settle into The Capital Center though, the Crusaders and the Capital fans were ready to defend their home court. A near-capacity crowd packed The Capital Center Performance Arena for the 7 p.m. start and was in a frenzy as the action got underway. Over the first five minutes of play, Marietta built up a 14-4 lead before a switch flipped and the Crusaders outscored Marietta 36-16 over the rest of the first half to take a 40-30 lead into the halftime break. With each Capital bucket the home crowd grew louder and louder, something that continued in the second half.
The Crusaders kept their feet on the gas over the final 20 minutes of play, never allowing the Pioneers to get within striking distance and growing the lead to as many as 18 at one point. With each basket that increased the lead, the Purple and White faithful could sense that an upset was in the cards and cheered accordingly. The final blow came with less than a minute remaining, an alley oop thrown down on the fast break by Caleb Cox that served as an exclamation point on a dominating 74-57 victory.
Cox, Austin Schreck, Joey Weingartner and Ganiyu Yahaya each scored in double figures while Cox and Will Hannah each grabbed double-digit rebounds. The win led the Crusaders to another week in the national poll and eventually to a share of the OAC regular season title, an NCAA Tournament appearance and the team's first postseason win since 2012.
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #10 - Josh Miller Earns First Career OAC Championship -- link
Moment #9 - Men's Soccer Earns NCAA Tournament Win in Second Consecutive Year -- link
Moment #8 – Men's Lacrosse Clinches 9-0 OAC Season and Regular Season Title with Win over Mount Union -- link
Moment #7 – Logan Holbrook Sets 18- and 36-Hole Records en Route to Tournament Win -- link
Moment #6 – Men's Basketball Survives Overtime Contest for First NCAA Tournament Win Since 2012 -- link
Moment #5 - Women's Hoops Hits Three Buzzer-Beaters in a Single Game to Pull Off Win Over First-Place John Carroll -- link
Moment #4 - Hayslett's Remarkable Day On and Off the Diamond Defines #D3Life -- link
Moment #3 – Capital Football Makes Final Stand to Seal Win over Rival Otterbein -- link
Moment #2 – Wyatt Pertuset Becomes First Openly Gay College Football Player to Score a Touchdown -- link
Moment #1 - Men's Basketball Knocks Off Nationally-Ranked Marietta in Front of Raucous Home Crowd to Complete Season Sweep -- link