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Capital at Heidelberg men
February 11, 2010 - Zach Baker
The last time I sat in this space, Heidelberg improved to 9-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference by clubbing Otterbein. Three close road losses later, the Student Princes need a win tonight to avoid turning this recent streak from a slide into a broken arm.
Heidelberg coach Anthony Gholson says his team needs to do two things: Make free throws and score inside. So far it has done neither, and trails 8-2 at the 16:55 mark.
Heidelberg trails 15-8. (9:36). Offensively, this is the worst I've seen HU play all year. The good news is it is challenging inside. The bad news is Capital has more size, and is blocking and stopping the opportunities.
-Heidelberg's defense has picked it up, and the offense has warmed up. Capital leads 19-16. But it was 17-16 after a Zach Golec layup.
-And the offense has cooled again, as Capital has upped its lead to 30-20 at the 1:28 mark.
Calver has made a pair of free throws, making it an eight point game. Heidelberg also hasn't connected from 3 yet, which for it is surprising.Heidelberg hasn't gotten to the free throw line much, but when it has, the results haven't been pretty. Kyle Tuley just missed two, and we go into the break with Capital leading, 32-22.
Heidelberg has made four of five free throws in the first two minutes, and has cut Capital's lead to 36-28.
-Ryan Treese misses an open 3 from the left win, then Capital's tyler Monroe buries one from the right wing. Heodelberg is 0-8 from 3, Capital has made 4. Still, Heidelberg is staying in the conversation, mainly because of its bench play. Adrian Casey misses two crucial free throws that could have made it a one possession game. Micahel Sommer calmly comes down and drains a 3. All of the sudden, two transition baskets and Capital's lead is back up to 12. Now it's 48-38 at the 12:01 mark.
Free throw shooting is a killer.
Spencer Niekamp has 13 for Capital, which leads, 48-40. Heidelberg also has reached the bonus, which is a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it.
And... Nate Davis is fouled on a shot and splits. 48-41 Capital, 11:18 left.
Heidelberg trails 55-45 with 8:40 left. Heidelberg has had runs, but Capital is outplaying it, which makes me think a comeback is unlikely.
Josh Calver just collected foul No. 4. 7:56 remains.
Heidelberg still hasn't made a 3, Capital has made at least 6. Capital's lead has grown to as many as 15. It's now 63-50. 6:10 left.
Niekamp just bruied another 3. He has 21 points, 4:56 remains. It's 66-52. Unless a stunning comeback,
Heidelberg is 0 of 8 from 3, Capital is 8 of 15. 2:57 remains.