By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The countdown of the Top 10 Moments of 2018-19 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next five weeks, we will unveil the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Join us as we traverse through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
Top Moment #6: Men's Basketball Survives Overtime Contest for First NCAA Tournament Win Since 2012
Capital University Men's Basketball had plenty of memorable moments over the course of a season that saw the team claim a share of the OAC regular season championship for the first time since 2012-13. The Crusaders did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament that year though with the team's last trip to the postseason taking place the season before, in 2011-12. That changed this year though when the 21-8 (14-4 OAC) Crusaders received an at-large slot in the national bracket and a matchup with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in the first round.
The Crusaders took some leads in the first round but Wisconsin-Platteville battled back in the second half. As could be expected, both teams were fairly evenly matched and after 40 minutes of play in regulation the score was knotted at 69. A pair of made free throws gave the Pioneers a two-point advantage on the first play of overtime. Senior forward Caleb Cox, who tied the game with less than a minute remaining in regulation to send the game to OT, calmly knocked down three consecutive free throws to put Cap up 72-71 and then Cox came through again with a layup to push the lead to three.
A free throw and layup for the Pioneers tied the game at 74 with 2:10 left to go in the period but senior Will Hannah drew fouls on each of Capital's next two possessions and nailed three of his attempts at the free throw line to give the Crusaders a 77-74 edge with less than a minute to play.
The Pioneers responded with a layup with 42 seconds remaining to cut Capital's lead to one but again, Capital got it done at the free throw line with a make from four-year player Gavin Wildermuth and Capital led 78-76. The Pioneers had one final attempt to win either tie or win the game but their last-second shot was off the mark, letting Capital embody the phrase "survive and advance." The Crusaders bowed out of the tournament in the next round but with the win over Wisconsin-Platteville earned the team's first tournament win since 2012. The win was the 12th for the program and sixth of head coach Damon Goodwin's Capital career.
Honorable Mention: Austin Schreck and Joey Weingartner Score Their 1000th Career Points in Same Season
The Crusaders not only accomplished several team goals this past season but two of the team's leaders reached personal milestones as well. For just the sixth time in program history and for the first time since 2002-03, two Capital players scored their 1,000th career points in the same season. Those two players were seniors and All-OAC performers Austin Schreck and Joey Weingartner, the 32nd and 33rd members of Capital's 1,000 Career Point Club. Schreck reached the 1,000 point plateau first on Dec. 8 against Ohio Northern University and then Weingartner reached his milestone on Jan. 16 at Heidelberg University. Schreck and Weingartner finished the season as Capital's two leading scorers with 489 (16.9 ppg) and 453 (15.6 ppg) points, respectively. On the program's all-time scoring list, Schreck ranks 11th with 1,382 points and Weingartner is 21st with 1,198. In addition to his All-OAC selection, Schreck was named the OAC Player of the Year, OAC Defensive Player of the Year, D3hoops.com First Team All-Region, NABC First Team All-District, NABC Second Team All-American, First Team Academic All-District and Third Team Academic All-American.
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #8 – Men's Lacrosse Clinches 9-0 OAC Season and Regular Season Title with Win over Mount Union -- link
Moment #7 – Logan Holbrook Sets 18- and 36-Hole Records en Route to Tournament Win -- link
Moment #6 – Men's Basketball Survives Overtime Contest for First NCAA Tournament Win Since 2012 -- link
Moment #5 - Wednesday, July 3
Moment #4 - Monday, July 8
Moment #3 - Wednesday, July 10
Moment #2 - Monday, July 15
Moment #1 - Wednesday, July 17