BEREA, Ohio – A game that saw the Capital University men’s basketball team erase a six point halftime deficit and force overtime, ended in dramatic fashion with the Purple and White emerging victorious 73-72 at the final buzzer.
In overtime with Capital down 72-71, Joe Thompson had a great look from beyond the arc to win it, but his shot caromed off the rim to the waiting hands of Tyler Schreck. There, Schreck’s put back effort drew a foul, sending the senior to the line with 0.3 seconds remaining. There, Schreck worked around the noise of the BW gym and a timeout from the Yellow Jackets, to knock down both of his free throws, winning the game.
The aforementioned Thompson led all players in the game with 18 points, on a truly efficient 63% shooting the ball. His efforts were led on by a 57% effort from 3-point range.
Schreck matched teammate David Sanford with 15 points in the game. Schreck supported his night with eight rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. Sanford rounded out his efforts with four rebounds and three assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Across the first seven plus minutes of the first half, Capital played from in front, leading 11-9 with 12:40 left before halftime. Cap had gotten layups from Alex Eyink and David Sanford to take a four point lead just before that.
A 3-pointer from Baldwin Wallace’s Jake Snyder allowed the hosts to take the lead at 12-11. From there, BW would build their advantage out to as many as nine points in the first half, but a late Capital push closed the gap to just six points at the break. Keandre Graves came off the bench to record three points with a minute left. First he split a trip to the line, then hit a layup with 28 seconds left, leading to the locker room score of 32-26.
Out of the break, it looked like the hosts were putting their foot down and expanding their lead, eventually settling on a 10-point advantage at 48-38 with 11:10 left on the clock.
From there, a 3-pointer from Joe Thompson kickstarted a spirited Capital comeback. Over the next 3:46 of game time, Cap erased the deficit and took a 53-52 lead on Alex Eyink’s 3-point jumper with 7:39 left.
With the slight advantage, both teams traded blows, before settling the score at 64-64 as time expired. A jumper from Dom Moegerle at the buzzer rimmed out, sending the game to OT.
In the extra period of play, both teams again stayed step-for-step. For Capital, Tyler Schreck stepped up big, scoring eight of the team’s nine points in the extra five minutes.
As mentioned before, Schreck grabbed a huge offensive board on Thompson’s miss and drew a foul, sending him to the line with 0.3 seconds left, with the team down by one point. At the line, he converted both attempts, giving the Purple and White a much needed 73-72 win heading into the OAC tournament.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Tyler Schreck finished the regular season as the OAC’s leading rebounder with 9.0 per game. Schreck also finished in the top-6 of the conference in blocks (37), steals (32), and assists (82).
David Sanford finished the regular season averaging 12.8 points per game, finding his form as a sophomore.
Capital kept the OAC’s third leading scorer, Anthony Mazzeo to just one point this afternoon. On the season, Mazzeo is averaging 18.8 points per game.
Jake Snyder and Shane Zalba each scored 17 points to lead BW. Jackson Simmons led all players with nine rebounds.
Capital will travel to the No. 3 seeded Heidelberg University on Tuesday, February 22nd for the OAC Tournament Quarterfinals. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m in Tiffin.
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