By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Capital University men's basketball team closed out the calendar year on a high note, defeating Manchester University at The PERC on Monday night, 76-63. Reed Bradfield unleashed for a career-high 21 points to lead the Crusaders charge while Ryan Roth's consistent shooting aided Cap to its sixth win of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The first half was adorned with multiple lead changes and ties in a 20-minute tug-of-war match on the court at The PERC, home of the Spartans. Tied at 22 with 2:14 remaining, freshman Griffin Doseck hit a 3-pointer to break the tie, and following Manchester's 10th turnover of the half freshman Ryan Roth (Findlay, Ohio / Findlay) extended the lead to five with a made jumper. Both teams traded buckets then Manchester's Jalen Owens hit a second straight basket to keep the Spartans within three heading into halftime.
Sophomore Reed Bradfield (Dixie Heights, Ky. / Dixie Heights) opened up on the offensive side of the ball with 17 second-half points to lead Capital's breakaway from the Spartans. After hitting his first basket of the half, junior Cameron Caldwell and senior Ganiyu Yahaya hit back-to-back triples to give the Crusaders a double-digit lead, 39-28.
The Spartans were held to just two points over the first 5:27 of the second half but eventually came back to draw within four points of Cap. Capital then cashed in a six-point swing when Roth hit the first of three 3-pointers in the half followed by Yahaya's three-point play while being fouled on a made layup. Bradfield regained Cap's double-digit lead with his own three-point play the hard way, 51-40, at the midway point of the half.
Roth and Bradfield combined to score the next 16 Capital points with a combination of inside-outside shooting which lead to a 17-point Crusader lead heading into the final five minutes. This outburst led CU on to defeat Manchester by 13 points, 76-63.
Reed Bradfield finished the night with a game and career-high 21 points, eclipsing his earlier best of 18 points. The sophomore went 9-for-17 from the field and added one assist, one steal, two blocks, and four rebounds.
Ryan Roth had the best night of his young career after tallying 19 points to set a new personal best in that category. He connected on 5-of-7 3-pointers, 6-of-9 field goals and added two rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.
Capital (6-4, 2-1 OAC) will break for the holidays and return after the first of the year when they jump back in conference play against Baldwin Wallace University (4-3, 2-1 OAC) on Friday, January 3. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. from Berea, Ohio. The Crusaders' next home game will be Wednesday, January 15 against nationally-ranked Marietta College.