- A 10-2 Capital run to start the second half proved costly for the Heidelberg University men's basketball team
- Three players finished in double figures, including a career-high 13 points from freshman Bailey Croft
- Junior Myron Prewitt grabbed 11 boards in the losing effort
TIFFIN -- A lapse to start the second half hurt the Heidelberg University men's basketball team in a 71-65 loss to Capital University on Wednesday.
Three Student Princes finished in double figures -- Kiere Bennie (15 points), Bailey Croft (13 points), and James Hanley (13 points). Junior Myron Prewitt grabbed 11 rebounds as well. The 13 points was a new career-high for Croft.
Back-to-back Capital threes helped the Crusaders take a modest 15-13 lead with 13:38 remaining in the first half. Croft, a freshman, responded with a triple of his own at the wing, giving the home team a one-point advantage.
Bennie's three from the corner with 5:36 before the half vaulted Heidelberg into the lead at 25-24. The teams would go on to trade buckets, with neither team finding any true momentum.
Down 34-29 with three minutes before the break, a three-point play from Croft on a nifty fadeaway cut the deficit to two points. The Berg defense held up at the other end and on the following possession, a putback by Croft knotted things up at 34.
Capital's Dan Auble nailed a three in the final seconds of the half, helping the visitors take a 41-39 lead into intermission.
The Crusaders opened the second half on a 10-2 run that spanned the first four minutes of the period, forcing HU to call timeout. Capital held its biggest lead at that point -- a 51-41 score.
Senior captain Chris Moxley stopped the Capital momentum with a three-point play. With 15 minutes on the clock the play cut the Cap lead back to single digits.
Heidelberg could not cut the Capital lead to less than six points down the stretch. The margin was too much for the Berg to overcome.
The Berg committed 11 turnovers in the contest, compared to a miniscule six by the Crusaders.
HU falls to 8-12, 4-9 in the OAC while Capital improves to 10-10, 6-7 in conference play.
Heidelberg hits the road on Saturday for the back end of a men's and women's doubleheader. Game time at No. 22 Marietta College is scheduled for 3 p.m.