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Men’s Basketball Team Beats Capital to Earn Fourth Seed in OAC Tourney

Brandon Gleim
Brandon Gleim

BEREA, Ohio --  Sophomore All-Ohio Athletic Conference guard Cam Kuhn (Vermilion) had his first career double-double as he scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds as the Baldwin Wallace University men's basketball team beat OAC rival Capital University, 81-76, in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center.

This was the final regular season game and the 2016 OAC Tournament begins on Tuesday with BW hosting a quarterfinal game as the fourth seed at 8 p.m. against a yet to be determined opponent. It is the second game of a women's and men's doubleheader with the BW women also seeded fourth at playing at 6 p.m.

In addition to Kuhn for the Yellow Jackets (15-10, 10-8 OAC), junior guard Brandon Gleim (Hilliard/ Davidson) had 15 points, junior guard Zack Brandy (Hudson) had 12 and freshman guard Jay Battle (Gahanna/ Lincoln) had 11. Capital (12-13, 8-10 OAC) was led by senior forward Mark Minch with 21 points.

In the first half, after a pair of ties and a 7-4 Capital lead, BW ran off eight straight points, including six by  Kuhn to take a 12-7 advantage at 12:26. After a pair of lead changes and four more ties, BW grabbed a 23-20 lead at 7:17 when Brandy made a three-pointer.

Capital regained the lead at 28-27 at 3:36 and led 30-27 before the Yellow Jackets grabbed a 32-30 lead at 1:46 when Gleim banged home a triple. The Crusaders scored the final five points of the stanza and led 35-32 at halftime.

In the second half, Battle for the first six points for BW and the Jackets regained the lead at 38-35 at 18:24 and forced Capital to call a timeout.  BW extended its lead to 52-43 at 13:36 when Gleim canned a trey as the shot clock was expiring.

The Crusaders responded with an with a 7-0 run to cut the BW lead to 52-50 at 11:56, but senior Academic All-OAC guard Zach Warner (Clyde) made a three-pointer.  BW again extended its lead to seven points on two occasions with the last at 62-55 at 5:44 when Kuhn made a triple.

Capital again countered with five straight by Minch to make it 62-60 at 4:51, but Kuhn grabbed a rebound of his own shot, scored, was fouled and made the charity toss to make it 65-60 at 3:42.  BW increased its lead to 71-64 at 1:23 when Kuhn made a layup.

Capital cut the BW lead to 76-74 with a three-pointer with 19.4 seconds left, but a pair of Gleim foul shots "iced" the game and gave BW its win and the fourth seed in the OAC tourney.

The OAC Tournament semifinals are on Thursday, February 25 and the 2016 OAC Championship Game is Feb. 27 with the winner receiving an NCAA Division III Tournament automatic berth.