Crusaders Stumble in Road Loss to Mount Union

Pictured: Cameron Caldwell (credit: Joe Maiorana)
Pictured: Cameron Caldwell (credit: Joe Maiorana)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Turnovers and inconsistent shooting told the tale of the Capital men's basketball team's loss to the University of Mount Union. The Purple Raiders defended their home court in its 78-58 victory over the Crusaders inside The MAAC.

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JOSTLING AT THE START

  • Junior guard Cameron Caldwell nailed the game's first basket, a 3-point bucket, but from there the Purple Raiders scored the next 12 points before Cap hit the scoreboard again.
  • Capital responded with a run of its own, turning a 12-3 deficit to just two points after scoring seven, unanswered.
  • Capital took the lead briefly 12 minutes into the game when sophomore forward Reed Bradfield hit a jumper that gave Cap a 20-19 advantage. The lead changed hands twice more before Mount Union took control with its big run to create a major gap.

THE BREAKAWAY

  • Mount Union's Tanner Slack hit a triple with 5:57 remaining in the first half which sparked the breakaway to fuel the hosts for the rest of the game.
  • The Purple Raiders went on a 15-0 run to create a 38-24 score, which also ended with another 3-pointer by Slack.
  • Capital was kept scoreless for more than four minutes of game time during the run.
  • Mount Union took a 43-26 lead into the halftime break and never looked back. The lead hit 20 for the first time less than 30 seconds into the second half, but never dipped below 12.

KEY STATISTICS

  • Capital shot just 33.3 percent overall during the course of the game. This was rivaled by Mount Union's 48.4 percent shooting percentage.
  • Despite holding a plus-16 rebounding advantage over the Purple Raiders in the game (47-31), Mount Union still managed to take two more shots than the Crusaders (62-60).
  • Capital committed 17 turnovers, which led to 18 Mount Union points, compared to their opponent's eight.
  • Of Capital's 58 points, all but five came from its starting lineup.
  • Mount Union hit 11-of-28 shots from behind the arc, while Capital struggled after hitting just 3-of-14 from long range.

TOP PERFORMERS

  • Capital's offense was led by junior Cameron Caldwell (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South) after he posted 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting. He also added four rebounds, one block, one steal, and one assist.
  • Senior Ganiyu Yahaya joined him in double figures with 12 points and also chipped in eight rebounds.
  • Junior Joe Hartmann led the Crusaders with nine assists and couple that with as many points.
  • Mount Union was led by Nathan Bower-Malone's 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field. He hit 3-of-5 3-point attempts and also added five assists and four rebounds.

UP NEXT

Capital (7-6, 3-3 OAC) will now bring its game back to the friendly confines of The Capital Center on Wednesday, January 15 when they host nationally-ranked Marietta College (12-1, 6-0 OAC). The Crusaders defeated the Pioneers in the regular season twice last year. Game time from The Performance Arena is set for 7 p.m.