By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Capital University Men's Basketball did not end its regular season in the way it wanted to but will take solace in the fact that the 2018-19 season is not finished yet. Despite Capital's 91-71 defeat to the University of Mount Union on Saturday, the Crusaders locked up the No. 1 seed in next week's Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament by virtue of its 14-4 OAC record and various tiebreakers that favor the Crusaders.
Mount Union scored the first five points of Saturday's contest and led 7-2 at the 16:43 mark of the first half before Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) converted a layup and Will Hannah (Milford, Ohio/Milford) hit a free throw to make it a two-point game. A 14-5 run for the Purple Raiders increased their lead to 11 with 10:50 left in the first half. The Crusaders closed the gap to eight points three times over the remainder of the half but could not get any closer and went into halftime down 43-27.
Senior guard Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) scored 15 first-half points while fellow senior Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) scored seven. As a team, Capital shot only 11-of-33 from the field while the Purple Raiders shot 17-of-27, including 6-for-11 from deep.
The second half did not get any easier for the Crusaders as Mount Union continued its hot shooting. The Crusaders were able to score more efficiently but still only hit 46.2 percent of their second-half shots.
Schreck finished with a game-high 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Weingartner scored 18 total points and made four 3-pointers. Five Mount Union players scored in double figures, led by Andrew Francesconi's 16.
Mount Union finished the game shooting 61.1 percent from the floor while Capital finished at 39 percent. The Crusaders never led in the contest.
Still, Capital finished the regular season with 19 wins and was one of three teams to finish 14-4 in the conference. Capital went 3-1 against the other two teams with four conference losses, the best mark of the three. The No. 1 Crusaders will play host to the No. 8 Muskingum University Fighting Muskies in the OAC Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. after Capital Women's Basketball hosts Otterbein University at 6 p.m. in The Capital Center.