By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
GRANVILLE, Ohio – Freshman Griffin Doseck had a breakout game behind a 17-point effort off the bench, which helped the Crusaders contend late in its Wednesday night nonconference game against Denison University (1-2). The Big Red's fast start helped them defeat the Capital University men's basketball team, 80-74, at the Livingston Gymnasium in Granville, Ohio.
RED HOT START
- Denison kicked off the game with a 3-pointer by Jack Coultier, which began a 15-4 run for the hosts. Five different scorers fed into the early start.
- Capital responded by trimming the gap to just five points when over a seven-minute timeframe the Purple and White outscored Denison, 13-8, after they started pounding the inside. Senior Ganiyu Yahaya (Abuja, Nigeria/Wesleyan Christian) contributed six points during the run. All of Cap's points during the run were scored on close-range buckets. Denison held just a 23-19 lead with 6:49 remaining in the first half.
- The Big Red made a breakaway over the next six minutes with strong shooting from the field that fed into a 12-2 run. Matt Gerics and Kevin Chang both hit treys to shift the momentum in favor of the hosts. Capital's only points during this run were scored on a pair of free throws.
- Capital shot just 8-for-27 (.296) from the field and went 0-10 from behind the arc in the first half.
- Counter to that, Denison went 15-of-31 from field-goal range, good for a 48.4 percent success rate.
SECOND HALF RESPONSE
- Yahaya opened the second half with Capital's first 3-pointer of the game, but Jack Coulter responded with one of his own.
- Capital switched its defensive strategy coming out of the break, shifting into a 1-3-1 pressure defense which resulted in three early turnovers for the Big Red. Capital was able to trim the halftime deficit to 12 with 16:10 to go in the half.
- Cap continued to battle and finally cut the lead to single digits inside the nine-minute mark when freshmen guards Griffin Doseck (Anna, Ohio/Anna) and Ryan Roth hit a pair of jumpers that made it a 61-52 score with 8:36 to go.
- The lead was cut to seven before Denison's Chang hit another 3-pointer to push the lead back to 10, 66-56, with 7:08 to go.
- Capital kept pushing and with Cameron Caldwell's spinner under the basket, the make cut the lead to five with under four minutes to go. A pair of free throws by sophomore Tyler Schreck, Cap made it a one-possession game with 2:38 to go, 69-66. Doseck kept it at three after a steal and successful drive to the basket, splitting three defenders en route to the cup.
- The Capital faithful saw hope in tying the game when the Big Red committed a big turnover, in its own defensive zone. The Crusaders had two chances to create a one-point game but misses from Tyler Schreck and Joe Hartman from close range put the ball back into the hands of the Big Red.
- After Denison hit a pair of free throws, Doseck hit a 3-pointer to keep the Crusaders' chances alive, 75-72. However, the hosts continued its second-half success at the charity stripe to seal the win.
KEY STATS AND CONTRIBUTORS
- In just three games, Griffin Doseck has now scored 10 or more in two of them. His 17 points against the Big Red is a new career high. He also recorded seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
- Junior guard Cameron Caldwell (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South) served as one of three starters to score in double figures and led that group with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, and hit both of his 3-point attempts.
- Denison's Jack Coulter led all scorers with 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting and a 4-for-7 day behind the 3-point line.
- Kevin Chang post 16 points, six rebounds and six steals to support the Big Red's offensive effort.
- After shooting less than 30 percent in the first half, Capital brought its game shooting percentage up to 45.3 percent following a successful second half. Denison finished the game shooting 50 percent.
- Cap struggled from behind the arc after hitting just 4-of-19 (.211) while the Big Red went 9-of-19 (.474).
Capital (1-2) will continue its play away from home this weekend when the Purple and White head to Geneva, Pa. to play two games at the Geneva Classic. They will open its stay on Friday, November 22 against the host Golden Tornadoes at 7:30 p.m. and then play Grove City College the following day at 1 p.m.