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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.