After a layoff lasting nearly three weeks, the John Carroll University men’s basketball team came out firing on all cylinders. The Blue Streaks beat Capital University, 87-59, in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in Bexley on Saturday, Dec. 6.
The long break between games didn’t seem to bother the Blue Streaks (3-0, 2-1) at all. The team shot 50.7 percent from the field, coasting to a victory. Junior Danny Wallack led the team, finishing with a team-best 16 points.
JCU started the game by lighting up the scoreboard with 3-pointers. Senior David Hendrickson knocked down two 3-pointers early. The sharpshooting trio of juniors Wallack, Derik Young and Ryan Farragher each knocked down a 3-pointer during a 13-0 run in the middle of the first half. The three juniors would combine to go 9-of-15 from deep on the game. The Blue Streaks shot an impressive 48 percent from behind the arc as a team.
The Crusaders did have some fight in them early on in the game, as they cut the JCU lead to just two points with a basket from Charles English at the 12:55 mark. However, the Blue Streaks successfully held off Capital. JCU didn’t allow another Capital point for over four minutes, building up a 15-point lead during the stretch. From there, the Blue Streaks never looked back.
While Wallack was the only player for JCU to reach double figures, seven other Blue Streaks scored at least eight points in the victory, including John Cirillo. The freshman nearly recorded a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds in just 16 minutes.
With the win, JCU picked up its second OAC victory of the season, as the Blue Streaks continue to try to improve on last season’s second place finish in the OAC Tournament.
The Blue Streaks will get their next chance at a conference victory during their first home game at the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center on Wednesday, Dec. 8 against Ohio Northern University. Head coach Mike Moran will attempt to capture his 400th career victory.
Editor’s note: The John Carroll University men’s basketball team faces off on Wednesday, Dec. 10 against Ohio Northern University. Head to jcusports.com for a full game recap. and boxscore.