By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
BEREA, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball team dropped its first contest of the new year in a road bout against the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets. Turnovers and poor 3-point shooting marred both teams, but the host Yellow Jackets were able to outlast the Crusaders, 60-47, in Ursprung Gymnasium on Friday night.
MISCUES MAKE FOR EARLY CAP LEAD
- The Capital defense made a mark in the opening minutes. Baldwin Wallace missed its first four field goal attempts and committed four turnovers over the first five-plus minutes.
- Capital kept the Yellow Jackets off the board for the first 3:19 of the game, and BW did not hit its first field goal until it was 5:29 into the contest.
- Capital scored the game's first six points with four coming from junior Joe Hartmann. The Crusaders went on a 9-2 run over the first five minutes.
WHAT COMES AROUND, GOES AROUND
- Baldwin Wallace slowly began to chip into the deficit and with 8:11 left on the clock in the first half had taken the lead for the first time. Baldwin Wallace outscored Capital 15-6 en route to taking its first lead.
- As the lead shifted sides, Cap's shooting marks began to wane. The Crusaders went 0-for-8 from behind the arc and ended the first half shooting just 30 percent (9-30) from the field.
- Baldwin Wallace went from being unable to sink a shot to hitting 42.3 percent (11-26) of its attempts from the field in the first half.
- Luke Schaefer of Baldwin Wallace led the Yellow Jackets with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting in the first to fuel the comeback. Eight different BW players hit the scoresheet in the half.
- Cap was unable to resurrect its offense in the second half. The Crusaders connected on just 34.4 percent from field-goal range on 11-of-32 shooting.
- Ganiyu Yahaya hit Cap's lone 3-point field goal of the game. The Crusaders shot just 1-of-9 from long range in the second half and 1-of-19 throughout the game. Conversely, BW went 4-of-10 from the 3-point line in the second.
- While Tyler Schreck and Yahaya each scored nine points in the second, the rest of the Crusader roster combined for nine points on 4-of-20 shooting. Schreck was the lone bright spot after hitting all four field goal attempts in the second half.
- Ganiyu Yahaya (Abuja, Nigeria/Wesleyan Christian) led the Crusaders with 14 total points. He also chipped in five rebounds, three steals, one block, and one assist.
- Joe Hartmann (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) was the only other CU player to score in double figures (11) and added a team-high seven rebounds.
- Freshman Griffin Doseck shared that team lead with Hartmann and scored seven points off the bench.
- Luke Schaefer was the lone BW player to score 10 or more points in the game, contributing 12 in the win. Ten different players scored for the Yellow Jackets, and 22 of its 60 points came off the bench.
Baldwin Wallace improves to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in OAC play. The Crusaders (6-5, 2-2 OAC) will continue its current road trip at Wilmington College next Wednesday, January 8. The Fightin' Quakers will host the Crusaders at Fred Raizk Arena for a 7 p.m. tipoff in the second of three straight CU road games.