COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five straight loses, a battle to get back to .500 and now a four game slide has identified the Ohio Dominican men's basketball up and down struggles so far this season. Those struggles continued on Tuesday as the Panthers lost a devastating showdown with neighboring Capital University, 80-53, in the Capital Center.
Turnovers and missed opportunities plagued both teams early on as the non-conference opponents collided for the second straight season. Despite a sloppy start the Panthers were able to hold on to a slight lead for most of the first half until a late run by the Crusaders gave them a three point advantage heading into the intermission.
ODU came out energized in the second half thanks to a solid effort from sophomore forward Zak Kapron (Melvern, OH; pictured). Kapron scored 11 straight points for the Panthers and helped give the visitors back the lead early in the second half. Ohio Dominican would hold that lead until the 11:38 mark of the second half when Capital made its move to help lead head coach Damon Goodwin to his 258th career victory and become the all-time winningest coach in program history.
Over the final 11 minutes of the game Capital used a 33-6 run on their way to the lopsided victory. The Crusaders took advantage of some hot shooting as they connected on 16-of-25 (64 percent) in the second half, while holding the Panthers to just 24 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes. ODU didn't score a field goal in nearly 13 minutes in the second half.
Kapron led the way for the black and gold with 12 of his game-high 16 points coming in the second half. Sonny Stattmiller (Sr./Columbus, OH) was the only other Panther to score in double figures as he finished with 11 points.
Scott Robertson paced CU with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while senior Ben McGrath had a solid game with 10 points, a team-leading five assists, and three of the Crusaders' 11 steals.
Ohio Dominican will need to regroup in a hurry as they return to Alumni Hall to face former AMC rival and No. 8 ranked Cedarville University on Thursday, January 7th. Tip-off between the Panthers and Yellow Jackets is set for 7:30 p.m.