By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Capital University Men's Basketball came out of New Concord with its fourth straight win having beaten the Muskies of Muskingum University on its own court on Thursday night. The Crusaders took down their hosts 70-62 behind a superb performance from the free-throw line in the second half.
Capital trailed the Muskies by three points coming out of the half but turned up its push on the offensive side of the ball, leading to the Muskies landing in foul trouble and the Crusaders on the charity stripe. The Muskies may have held a slim margin in field goal attempts, makes and shooting percentages, but their 14 team fouls put Capital on the line 25 times. The Crusaders converted 20 of its 25 free throw tries to feed into a second half in which they outscored Muskingum, 44-33.
Senior Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) put together his first double-double and fifth 10-plus point effort of the season. He finished Thursday's win with 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Crusaders.
Capital and Muskingum were deadlocked at 46-46 heading into the final 11 minutes of the contest when Schreck began the big run of free throw dominance after being fouled and sent to the line by Brandon Keyes. Senior Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) denied Cameron Miller with a block on the other end, which turned into a successful jumper by Joey Weingartner. Cox took advantage of a turnover on the Muskies' next possession after being fouled and sent to the line. With aid from two free throws and another layup following a Cameron Caldwell make, Cox and the Crusaders went up by double digits points, 56-46, before a Musky timeout.
Muskingum (2-3, 0-2 OAC) was unable to come back from that 10-point deficit, closing the gap to just four before the Crusaders scored six of the game's final eight points to roll to a 70-62 win.
With his 16 points against the Muskies, Schreck is quickly creeping closer to joining the illustrious 1,000-point club at Capital University. Only 31 players in Capital history have reached the millennial milestone and the last to do so was Spencer Niekamp, who finished with 1,288 points while playing between 2009 and 2013. Schreck is 16 points away from 1,000, and is also 33 rebounds away from 500 in his career.
Cox also posted a double-double, his third of the season and second in as many games. He finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Cap (5-2, 2-0 OAC) has now won four games in a row heading into this Saturday's matchup against Ohio Northern University. The Crusaders will host the Polar Bears at The Capital Center Performance Arena with tipoff set for 2 p.m.