By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
BEREA, Ohio – Capital University Men's Basketball showed no signs of slowing down its rollicking start to the 2018-19 season on Saturday afternoon as the team defeated Baldwin Wallace University 85-68 thanks to an overpowering second-half performance. The win was Capital's seventh in a row as the Crusaders improved to 8-2 overall and are one of three teams undefeated in the Ohio Athletic Conference at 4-0.
Baldwin Wallace maintained a slim advantage for the majority of the first half but battled back from as many as seven points down to tie the game at 26 with five minutes left to play until halftime. The Yellow Jackets again inched ahead by four but Dan Auble (Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville) knotted the score at 32 with two minutes until the break. With 1:06 remaining in the half, Auble converted again to give Capital a 34-33 lead and Gavin Wildermuth (Botkins, Ohio/Jackson Center) increased the lead to 36-33 with less than a minute left. Jack Lostoski nailed a jumper to narrow BW's gap to one point but the Crusaders owned the lead as the teams headed to the locker rooms.
Auble led all Capital players with eight first-half points off the bench and Wildermuth contributed six points off the bench.
After the BW hit the first shot of the second half to reclaim the lead, Capital's offense exploded for a 14-2 run as the Crusaders took a 50-39 lead five minutes into the period. Senior guard Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) paced Capital with eight points in the opening few minutes of the second half after scoring seven in the first 20 minutes.
The Yellow Jackets briefly brought the deficit back into the single digits but from the 13:14 mark on Capital's lead did not fall below 10. Schreck continued his second-half onslaught and was aided by fellow senior Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville). After scoring only five points in the first half on 2-of-7 shooting, Weingartner shot 6-of-10 in the second half and finished the game with 20 points. Schreck finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor and 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Will Hannah (Milford, Ohio/Milford) and Wildermuth each finished with 10 points while Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) led Capital with 10 rebounds and added eight points.
As a team, the Crusaders dominated BW in the open court with a 24-7 advantage in fastbreak points. Capital also led 17-5 in assists, 38-30 on the boards, 14-6 in points off of turnovers and 48-32 in points in the paint. The Crusaders shot 35-of-64 from the field for a 54.7 percent mark while holding the Yellow Jackets to 41 percent shooting from the floor, 25-of-61. Capital also converted all 10 of its free throw attempts.
The Crusaders now have only two games remaining before taking their holiday break, both of which will be played in the freindlt confines of The Capital Center. The first of those games will take place on Monday, Dec. 17 as the Westminster College (Pa.) Titans come to town. Capital and the Titans will tip off at 7 p.m. as the Crusaders aim to win their eighth straight contest.