By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – All five starters for the Capital University men's basketball team finished with double-digit point totals in its season-opening victory over La Roche College (Pa.) on Wednesday night, guiding the Crusaders to a 77-67 win at The Capital Center Performance Arena. A 48-point second half and Tyler Jamison's career-high 17 points guided Capital to its first win of the season.
Capital (1-0) jumped out to an early seven-point lead in the opening minutes behind a strong presence under the basket. All of the Crusaders first 14 points were on short to mid-range jumpers or layups with sophomore Tyler Jamison (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) and junior Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) each collecting two close-range buckets and an offensive rebound to extend play. That lead built up to as many as 10 points with seven minutes and change remaining when junior guard Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) converted an and-one opportunity, but then the Redhawks charged back with an 11-point run to take its first lead since the opening basket. Capital momentarily went cold, missing five straight shots while La Roche made up the difference.
La Roche (0-1), who was picked to win the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference this season, took a modest three-point advantage into halftime, 32-29.
Capital and La Roche exchanged the lead five times in the opening eight minutes of the second half with the largest lead by either team during that time being four points after the guests hit a 3-pointer to open play. Cap slowly built up steam and turned the corner when sophomore guard Dan Auble (Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville) hit a three of his own to turn a one-point deficit into a two-point lead, 47-45, with 13:33 to go. Capital never trailed again.
The Auble three ball spurred a 14-2 run with contributions coming from Cox, Schreck and junior Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville). Cap once again built its lead to 10 points with 7:19 to go in the game with it maxing out at 13 with three minutes to go.
Capital outscored La Roche 48-35 and shot 55.2 percent as a team in the second half. Jamison scored 12 of his team-leading 17 points in the second half on 5-of-7 shooting. Auble also shot lights out, hitting 4-of-5 field goal attempts, and collected 14 of his 16 points in the second stanza. The Crusaders did their job at the free-throw line, as well, nailing 13-of-15 attempts.
Jamison also worked hard on the defensive end making noise under the basket with a career-high five blocks, four of which came in the first half. He also added six rebounds to his line.
All five Capital starters tallied 10 or more points and accounted for all but three points scored. Auble matched his career-high with 16 points and also added two steals. Cox was one rebound shy of a double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine boards.
The Redhawks were led by Trell Thomas, who scored a game-high 25 points but was limited to just nine makes on 20 shots taken. Arnes Bajgora and Zach Gould each posted 11 points. La Roche shot 40.7 percent from the field, but was beaten on the board by 10, 39-29.