By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – Staunch defense and consistent offense helped Capital Men's Basketball break away for its third win of the season on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders defeated the Wolverines of Grove City College, 66-48, on day two of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tipoff, hosted by Geneva College. Reed Bradfield and Ganiyu Yahaya earned spots on the all-tournament team, with one being named most valuable player.
- Both teams exchanged blows, leading to a 20-20 tie with under seven minutes to go. Ganiyu Yahaya (Abuja, Nigeria/Wesleyan Christian) kick-started a small run that built the margin Capital would take into the locker room. The senior went hard to the basket and was fouled on the make to allow for a successful and-one opportunity, and then came back two possessions later to add another layup to take a five-point lead.
- Capital went into the locker room lead 30-24. Twenty-three of Cap's points came from the combo of Yahaya and sophomore Reed Bradfield (Dixie Heights, Ky./Dixie Heights). Bradfield scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field in the first half.
- Up two points, Bradfield and Yahaya came out with the Crusaders' first points of the half, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Yahaya to push the lead to eight, 38-30.
- The big break-away occurred when Capital mounted a 24-6 run over an eight-minute span of time leading to the halfway point of the second half. Buckets by juniors Cameron Caldwell and Joe Hartmann complimented the run, as did a trey by freshman Ryan Roth (Findlay, Ohio/Findlay) which capped off the run.
- The Capital defense kept the Wolverines off of the board for nearly six minutes during the second half, which helped the run become more impactful in the Crusaders' bid for the win.
- After Grove City broke its drought, Cap kept building upon what was then a 14-point lead with another Ryan Roth 3-ball. The lead reached 20 before the 10-minute mark when sophomore Tyler Schreck hit a mid-range jumper. That margin was more than enough to ride to Capital's third win of the season and ended with a final score of 66-48.
BY THE NUMBERS
- While Grove City shot better than Capital from the field, the Crusaders held the Wolverines to 0-for-10 shooting from behind the 3-point line. Conversely, Capital shot 6-for-19 (.316) from the range.
- The Crusaders also induced 22 Wolverine turnovers while only committing 13 of their own. Capital turned Grove City's miscues into 25 points.
- Yahaya closed out the day with a game-high 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and 5-of-9 from behind the arc.
- Bradfield tallied his first career double-double behind 18 points and 11 rebounds against the Wolverines. He also added three steals, one block and one assist. He shot 8-for-12 (.666) from the field.
- Justice Rice led Grove City with 12 points, while teammate Nate Peters (10) was the only other Wolverine to score in double figures.
- At the end of the tournament, Reed Bradfield and Ganiyu Yahaya were named to the Geneva Coaches vs. Cancer All-Tournament Team. Yahaya was tabbed the tournament's most valuable player.
- Reed Bradfield: 26 points (13.0 ppg), 12-25 FG (.480), 14 rebounds, 5 steals
- Ganiyu Yahaya: 52 points (26.0 ppg), 18-36 FG (.500), 8-16 3FG (.500), 7 rebounds, 3 steals
Capital's next contest will be back in the friendly confines of The Capital Center on Tuesday, November 26 against Ohio Wesleyan University (2-1). Tipoff will take place at 7 p.m. The Battling Bishops are coming off a 95-69 win over Muskingum University on November 20.