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Wed Nov 15
Final
69 Otterbein
76 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Nov 18
Final
90 Denison
70 vs. #23 Cabrini
@ Fredericksburg, Va. in Fredericksburg, Va
Sun Nov 19
Final
57 Denison
70 at Mary Washington
in Fredericksburg, Va.
Tue Nov 21
Final
74 Denison
69 at Case Western Reserve
in Cleveland, Ohio
Wed Nov 29
Final
61 Wooster
75 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Dec 02
Final - 3OT
84 Denison
83 at Kenyon
in Gambier, Ohio
Wed Dec 06
Final
61 Oberlin
80 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Dec 09
Final
86 Wittenberg
55 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Dec 12
Final
76 Capital
69 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Dec 20
Final
93 Ohio Northern
64 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Dec 31
Final
69 Chicago
82 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Jan 03
Final
70 Denison
89 at #9 Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Sat Jan 06
Final
97 Denison
72 at Allegheny
in Meadville, Pa
Wed Jan 10
Final
83 DePauw
70 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 13
Final
46 Denison
63 at Wabash
Crawfordsville, Ind
Wed Jan 17
Final
62 Hiram
68 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 20
3:00 PM
Kenyon
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Jan 24
8:00 PM
Denison
at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Sat Jan 27
3:00 PM
Denison
at Wittenberg
in Springfield, Ohio
Wed Jan 31
8:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Feb 03
4:00 PM
Denison
at Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Wed Feb 07
6:00 PM
Denison
at DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind
Sat Feb 10
3:00 PM
Allegheny
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 14
7:30 PM
Denison
at Hiram
in Hiram, Ohio
Sat Feb 17
3:00 PM
Wabash
Denison
in Granville, 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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