Men's Basketball Drops Conference Game at Home Against Capital

Senior Jay Battle led BW with 19 points in the loss to Capital (Photo Courtesy of Jesse Kucewicz)
Senior Jay Battle led BW with 19 points in the loss to Capital (Photo Courtesy of Jesse Kucewicz)

BEREA, Ohio – A tough second half from the floor led to the Baldwin Wallace University men's basketball team dropping an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup to visiting Capital University, 85-68, at the Lou Higgins Center inside Ursprung Gymnasium.

BW (4-4, 1-3 OAC) was led offensively by senior two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference and Academic All-OAC point guard Jay Battle (Gahanna/ Lincoln) and junior Academic All-OACguard Michael Quiring (Brunswick) with each scoring in double figures with 19 and 15 respectively. Battle shot 6-13 (32%) and Quiring shot 4-12 (25%), while junior forward Drew Sova (Chagrin Falls/ Kenston) was tied for a game-high 10 boards.

Both teams traded baskets for the first five minutes and when the score was tied at eight, the Yellow Jackets when on a 6-0 spurt that forced Capital to take a timeout with 13:24 left in the first half. BW held onto that lead, with the Crusaders threating multiple times, bringing the game to one possession. With 2:15 left, Capital would tie the game up at 32 off a Crusader lay-up, and in the final minutes, Capital was able to grab a 36-35 lead heading into intermission.

BW opened the scoring in the second half off a lay-up from junior forward Tyler Colombo (Strasburg/ Tuscarawas Central Catholic) which gave them the advantage. Capital then went on a 14-2 run that propelled them ahead by 11 at the 15:43 mark. Over the next five minutes, Capital remained hot and continued to extend their lead to 63-45. BW struggled from the floor in the second half, shooting 12-34 (35%) from the floor and 3-13 (23%) from deep, resulting in an 85-68 loss.

The Yellow Jackets will be back in action on Monday December 17, when they travel to Trine, Indiana to take on Trine University in a non-conference matchup. Game is set to tip-off at 4 p.m.