Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

Men's Basketball Team Falls to Capital

Men's Basketball Team Falls to Capital

COLUMBUS, OHIO --  Sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/Holy Name) scored 13 points but the Baldwin-Wallace men's basketball team fell to Capital University, 75-69, today (Saturday, January 7, 2012) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Capital Center.

In addition to Krakowiak, B-W, now 8-5 overall and 3-3 in the OAC, sophomore All-OAC forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) and sophomore guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland) each had 11 markers. For Capital, now 7-6 overall and 4-2 in the OAC, junior forward Spencer Niekamp scored a game-high 20 points. He was followed senior guard Kelly Winter who had 18 points and nine rebounds and junior guard Mitch Westerheide had 10. 

The Crusaders jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the 18:47 mark when junior guard Mitch Westerheide scored on a layup. Sophomore forward Ben Danhoff opened the scoring at 19:31 when he made a layup, was fouled and canned the foul shot for a three-point play. B-W ended the run at 18:02 when Payne made two foul shots and then junior guard Ben Umbel (Poland/ Seminary) made a layup at 17:43 to make it 5-4. Following a Crusader basket, B-W sophomore forward Tyler Ferrell (Brunswick) tied it at 7-7 when he canned a three-pointer at 16:19.

Capital regained the lead at 9-7 when senior guard Kelly Winter made a pair of charity tosses at 15:32 and grew to 11-7 when Westerheide made a layup. B-W closed to 11-10 at 14:38 when sophomore center Aaron Selmek (Delaware/ Columbus St. Francis DeSales) made a jumper, was fouled and made the foul shot to complete the three-point play.

Capital pushed its lead to 17-10 with a 6-0 run that was capped by a Winter 10-foot jumper in the lane at 12:56. B-W closed to 17-13 when Fairhurst made a three-pointer at 12:31. Another Winter driving layup at 11:14 and a layup by senior guard Tyler Munro at 10:31 gave the Crusaders their largest lead at eight points at 21-13.

Following two Payne free throws at 10:14 for B-W, Capital went on an 11-0 run to build its lead to a high of 17 points at 32-15 when Niekamp made a jumper at 6:52. B-W's Krakowiak made two foul shots at 5:52 to make it 32-17. Payne then made one of two foul shots to make it 32-18 at 5:26. Then Payne made a finger roll at 4:45 following Umbel's third steal of the half to cut it to 32-20. Winter ended the run when he made two foul shots foul shots at 4:29 to push the lead to 34-20.

B-W got within 11 at 34-23 when sophomore guard Jaron Crowe (Mentor) canned a long triple at 4:13, but Capital junior guard Tim Congrove countered with a three-point play at 3:55 to make it 37-23.  Three of four foul shots by Farrell cut it back to 11 at 37-26 before Capital freshman center Jared Cashen made two of his own with 44.3 second left to give the Crusaders a 39-26 lead at the intermission.

In the second half, Capital pushed the lead to 15 at 41-26 when Danhoff made a layup, but Umbel and Krakowiak each made jumpers to cut the lead back to 11 at 41-30 at 17:57. A Westerheide foul shot at 17:36 made it 42-30 at 17:36.

After a Crowe  jumper cut the Crusader lead to single digits at 42-33, Winter made a layup at 16:01 to push it back to 11 at 44-33. Then two Krakowiak jumpers and a Selmek jumper but missed foul shot sandwiched a Capital foul shot to cut the lead to six at 45-39 at 14:21.

Following four points by each team, sophomore forward Scott Branchick (Mentor) cut the lead to four points at 49-45 at 11:22 with two foul shots, and then cut it to two at 49-47 with a layup at 10:48 via the fastbreak. Selmek tied it at 49-49 with a hook shot at 9:57, but Niekamp gave the lead back to Capital at 51-49 when he made two of three shots at 9:34.

Following a Westerheide layup, Payne made two foul shots at 8:17 to make it 53-51, but Jackson pushed it back to four with two of his own at 7:42.  Capital junior forward Michael Sommer made two foul shots at 7:08 to make it 57-51, but more importantly caused Payne's fourth foul.

B-W got a basket from Krakowiak at 6:49 to cut itto 57-53, but a Niekamp triple at 5:41 gave the Crusaders some breathing room at 60-53. Umbel drew B-W within six at 60-54 with one of two charity tosses at 4:48. Winter pushed the advantage to eight at 62-54 when he made two foul shots at 4:25.

After Fairhurst made a layup at 4:06, Westerheide countered for Capital with one of two foul shots at 3:52 to lead 63-56, and Munro pushed it back to double-digits with a trey at 1:50 to make it 66-56. Munro added to the lead 24 seconds later with one of two foul shots for a 67-56 lead.

B-W came right back with a Fairhurst triple at 1:13 to make it 67-59 but forced to foul, Winter put Capital back up by 10 at 69-59 with 1:10 left.  A layup and a foul shot by Payne cut the deficit to seven at 69-62 with 38.8 second left. The Crusaders countered with a pair of foul shots by Winter at 36.7 seconds to make it 71-62.

After a Payne foul shot, Krakowiak brought B-W to within five at 71-66 when he scored, was fouled and made a foul shot at 27.8 seconds. Winter missed two foul shots with 24.7 seconds left, but B-W missed a three-pointer and follow shot and had to foul.  Capital's Westerheide canned two foul shots with 11.2 seconds left to make it 73-66 and Fairhurst made a triple for B-W with five seconds left to make it 73-69. Niekamp closed out the scoring with two foul shots with 3.8 seconds remaining.

B-W returns to action on Wednesday, January 11 when it hosts OAC arch-rival the University of Mount Union ion the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center at 7:30 p.m.

Media and fans are reminded that the B-W will televise two men's and women's basketball doubleheaders on regional cable network SportsTime Ohio. The games are the January 28 doubleheader versus Wilmington and the February 18 twinbill versus Ohio Northern University. B-W has broadcast more of its athletics events on regional cable TV than any other Division III school.

FOR MORE B-W Sports Information, please contact Sports Information Director Kevin Ruple by telephone at 440-826-2327 and e-mail at or Assistant SID Jeff Miller by phone at 440-826-2780 and email at Fans can access the latest B-W athletics information at and we invite you to join us on Facebook at and Twitter at