Mon Jan 02
79 #21 Denison
52 at Brooklyn
in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tue Jan 03
72 #21 Denison
64 at Mount Saint Vincent
in Riverdale, N.Y.
Thu Jan 05
80 Ohio Wesleyan
83 #21 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 07
63 Allegheny
104 #21 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Jan 11
61 DePauw
74 #19 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 14
66 #19 Denison
53 at Wabash
in Crawfordsville, Ind.
Wed Jan 18
83 #10 Denison
77 at Hiram
in Hiram, Ohio
Sat Jan 21
82 #10 Denison
67 at Kenyon
in Gambier, Ohio
Wed Jan 25
73 Oberlin
89 #9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 28
71 Wittenberg
70 #9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 01
77 #12 Denison
82 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Sat Feb 04
77 Wooster
62 #12 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 08
70 #23 Denison
62 at DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind.
Sat Feb 11
98 #23 Denison
78 at Allegheny
in Meadville, Pa.
Wed Feb 15
66 Hiram
80 #19 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Feb 18
65 Wabash
76 #19 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Feb 21
79 DePauw
85 #14 Denison
NCAC Tournament Quarterfinal in Granville, Ohio
Fri Feb 24
77 #14 Denison
87 vs. Wooster
@ Ohio Wesleyan NCAC Tournament Semifinal in Delaware, Ohio
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#16 Big Red suffers first setback

Max Siwik
Max Siwik

COLUMBUS, Ohio--  Capital handed No. 16 Denison their first defeat of the 2016-17 season on Wednesday night thanks to a ferocious second half comeback.  The Crusaders rallied from a 21-point deficit en route to the 84-75 victory.

The two halves were mirror images of themselves as the Big Red knocked down eight 3-pointers in the first half to take a 44-32 lead into the locker room.  Denison's largest lead came with 6:28 left in the first when Andrew Castagnetti's triple put DU on top, 31-10.

Capital began to show signs of life in the waning minutes of the half.  A trio of 3-pointers and a pair of Tyrel Jackson jumpers cut the Denison lead to 12.  Jett Speelman paced the Big Red with 14 points in the first half.  Castagnetti added 10 points off the bench.

The Crusaders found their groove four minutes into the second half when Dan Auble's jumper made it a 10 point game at 50-40.  That shot sparked a 19-3 run that spanned the next six minutes.  Jackson's trey gave Capital a 57-53 lead.

Castagnetti cut into the run momentarily with his third 3-pointer of the game, but another 12-2 run by the Crusaders followed and with 6:14 left the home team found themselves leading 69-58.

Denison did trim the margin to five with 30 seconds remaining after a David Meurer field goal but Capital made four free throws in the final minute while DU went 0-for-2 from the field.

Speelman led Denison with 20 points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes.  His streak of consecutive free throws made ended at 43 in the second half.  He was 2-of-4 from the line in the game and is 43-of-45 this season.  Meurer followed with 18 points and five boards.  Castagnetti scored 13 and Maxwell Siwik added six.

Capital (7-3) was led by Jackson who finished with 31 points while going 12-of-19 from the field.  Twenty of his 31 came in the second half.  Auble finished with 16 points with 13 coming in the second.  Capital Shot 66 percent over the final 20 minutes and were 6-of-10 from beyond the arc.  For the game, the Crusaders hit 54 percent of their shot attempts while DU held a 37-34 advantage on the glass.

Denison will take a break for finals and the holidays before returning to the court on Monday, Jan. 2 when they take on Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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