Perfection is still reality with just four games remaining in the regular season for John Carroll University.
A 91-72 victory over Capital University on Saturday, Feb. 6, moves JCU to a perfect 21-0 record, heading into Wednesday’s matchup with Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.
The physical battle between the two Ohio Athletic Conference programs brought out the best in the starting backcourt of the Blue Streaks. The starting guard duo of senior Danny Wallack and junior David Linane combined for 38 points on the afternoon. Wallack was the game’s leading scorer with a career-high 22 points, after shooting 5-of-6 from the three-point line in the contest.
The scoring domination from the Blue Streaks was showcased early and often. JCU scored the first 13 points of the game, capitalizing on four Crusader turnovers in the opening minutes of the first half.
As a team, JCU forced Capital into 17 turnovers, scoring 21 points from the added possessions.
Capital trailed 18-2 at the 15:56 mark of the first half, prompting a time out for the hosting Crusaders. When play resumed, Capital entered a 14-5 run to cut the JCU lead to 34-27 with just under seven minutes to play in the half.
To slow the Crusader advance, the Blue and Gold looked to the free throw line to supply some much needed offensive support. With just five minutes to play in the first half, JCU had already entered the bonus.
The visiting Blue Streaks would take advantage of the trips to the charity stripe with 72.4-percent shooting percentage from the line. Capital was just 29-37 from the free throw line for the game.
Foul trouble was an issue for both teams as the Blue Streaks had four players with four or more fouls on the day.
In total, JCU accounted for 33 team fouls and three technical fouls, while Capital committed 21 team fouls and one technical.
The hard fought game aided JCU, as they used the extra points at the line to take a commanding 55-37 at the half.
The strong offensive start from the first half carried over into the second. Seniors Simon Kucharewicz and Will Starks combined for a 6-0 run to open up the second frame.
Whatever resistance was to come from the Crusaders was quickly drowned out by junior Ryan Farragher, who went on a 5-0 run of his own to give the Blue Streaks a 22-point lead; the largest lead on the afternoon.
Capital managed to cut the lead to 11-points in the final minutes of the game, but the JCU defense saw the win through the final buzzer.
Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University men’s basketball team returned to action on Wednesday, Feb. 10 against Baldwin Wallace University in University Heights, Ohio. Head to jcusports.com for a full game recap and box score.