By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The nationally-ranked Pioneers of Marietta College were given a run for their money in the first half of Wednesday night's conference showdown with Capital University. The Crusaders' early up-tempo play had them down just four points at the half but the Pioneers rallied and broke out of its shell to run away with a 75-47 win at The Capital Center.
- The pace of play of the entire first half was fast and the intensity high, which helped produce 22 total turnovers between both teams plus six lead changes.
- Tied 14-14, Tim Kreeger and Caleb Hoyng hit back-to-back layups to put Marietta out in front but makes by Tyler Schreck and Ganiyu Yahaya tied it right back up as part of the five ties experienced in the opening half.
- Both teams were kept off the scoreboard for the next two minutes, in part by some very aggressive defense by both sides. Yahaya and Cameron Caldwell put on a block party to help keep the score tied with consecutive blocks on the same possession just seconds apart when Marietta stole the ball and went straight for the basket. Watch the video
- Capital went up by four, 24-20, when Tyler Schreck followed up a miss by dunking it home and Reed Bradfield came back down the floor after a Marietta offensive foul and laid it home.
- Marietta then went on an eight-point run to end the half and retake the lead heading into the second half.
BY THE NUMBERS – SECOND HALF
- Marietta ran out and scored the first nine points of the second half, making a 17-0 run that ended the first and started the second halves.
- Capital was kept off the board for the opening 3:52 of the second half until Yahaya broke the streak to make for a 37-26 score.
- Over the opening 9:12 of the second half, Capital was outscored 22-4.
- Capital committed 10 turnovers in the second half, which led to eight Marietta points. The Pioneers held a big advantage on the boards in the half, 24-16, and turned those extra opportunities into 11 second-chance points.
- Cap shot just 32.1 percent from the field in the second, a mild improvement from its 29.0 percent in the first.
- Marietta got hot from outside the arc, hitting 8-of-19 (.421) from 3-point range in the second compared to its 3-for-13 effort in the first.
- Capital did not have a double-digit scorer but was led by a trio of nine-point scorers which included sophomore guard Tyler Scheck (Dixie Heights, Ky. / Dixie Heights), senior Ganiyu Yahaya (Abuja, Nigeria / Wesleyan Christian) and freshman Griffin Doseck (Anna, Ohio / Anna). Schreck also recorded four steals and four rebounds, while Yahaya brought down five rebounds, three steals and one block.
- Marietta had three players score 10 or more points, led by Mason Lydic's 12 points off the bench. Tim Kreeger and Christian James both tallied 10 points.
Capital (7-7, 3-4 OAC) will now prepare to hit the road again, this time to University Heights, Ohio where the Blue Streaks of John Carroll (11-3, 4-3 OAC) will be waiting. The Crusaders and Blue Streaks will tip off at 1 p.m. this Saturday, January 18.