January 26, 2013

Men's Basketball Falls at Home To First Place Capital

ALLIANCE, Ohio - - Freshman Jarrett Ruffin (Northfield/Nordonia) came off the bench with a team-high 15 points but it was not enough as Mount Union lost 82-73 to Capital in an Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball game Saturday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. 

Freshman Kyle Scelza (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) also came off the bench with 13 while sophomore Steve Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) added 12 points for the Raiders. 

Michael Sommer scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Crusaders in the victory. 

With the win, Capital stays in first place in the conference at 13-6 overall and 10-2 in the OAC, while Mount Union falls to 8-11 overall and 6-6 in the conference.

A back and forth first half featured seven lead changes and six ties.  Mount Union held a five point lead, 23-18 on a Scelza layup with eight minutes left in the half.  Capital would finish the half on a 16-9 surge and lead 34-32 at the break.

Mount Union stayed close trailing by only two, 40-38, early in the second half before the Crusaders went on a decisive 17-4 run finished off by three-straight three-pointers to lead 57-42 with eight minutes left.  Capital held off the Raiders the rest of the way for a nine-point victory.

Mount Union is back in action next Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 pm against Baldwin Wallace at The MAAC.

Newspaper Box Score
Capital vs Mount Union
1/26/13 4:00 pm at Alliance, Ohio -- MAAC
At Alliance, Ohio -- MAAC
CAPITAL 82, MOUNT UNION 73
CAPITAL (13-6, 10-2 OAC)
Michael Sommer 8-12 6-6 25; Spencer Niekamp 4-11 4-4 13; Ben Jackson 6-11
0-2 12; Tim Congrove 3-5 0-1 9; Mitch Westerheide 2-3 2-3 7; Daniel Ocke 3-5
0-0 7; Aj Dixon 1-4 3-4 6; Adam Blake 1-2 0-0 3; Jared Cashen 0-0 0-0 0;
Damon Dillard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-53 15-20 82.
MOUNT UNION (8-11, 6-6 OAC)
Jarrett Ruffin 6-9 2-2 15; Kyle Scelza 4-9 2-2 13; Steve Griffin 5-8 0-0 12;
Taylor Moore 2-6 4-4 8; Cody Dillon 3-9 2-2 8; Nate Jacubec 3-12 2-2 8; Matt
Kiger 2-5 0-0 4; T.J. Gillespie 1-2 1-1 3; Jimmy Darnley 1-2 0-0 2; Evan
Keeslar 0-0 0-0 0; Justen Little 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 27-64 13-13 73.
Capital.......................   34   48  -   82
Mount Union...................   32   41  -   73
3-point goals--Capital 11-24 (Michael Sommer 3-6; Tim Congrove 3-5; Adam
Blake 1-1; Spencer Niekamp 1-4; Daniel Ocke 1-3; Mitch Westerheide 1-1; Aj
Dixon 1-4), Mount Union 6-18 (Kyle Scelza 3-7; Steve Griffin 2-4; Jarrett
Ruffin 1-1; Nate Jacubec 0-2; Cody Dillon 0-3; Taylor Moore 0-1). Fouled
out--Capital-None, Mount Union-None. Rebounds--Capital 28 (Ben Jackson 8),
Mount Union 38 (Matt Kiger 8). Assists--Capital 15 (Mitch Westerheide 4),
Mount Union 13 (Nate Jacubec 3). Total fouls--Capital 15, Mount Union 17.
Technical fouls--Capital-None, Mount Union-None.


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