By Ashley Birchmeier
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Northern men's basketball team dropped a 78-66 decision to Capital Saturday afternoon at the Capital Center.
The Polar Bears fall to 4-5, 1-3 Ohio Athletic Conference, while the Crusaders improve to 5-3, 2-1.
Northern was led in the contest by junior Aron Thress, who recorded his first double-double of the season scoring 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
In the first half, Northern took the lead early as a layup from Thress would put the Polar Bears on top 6-4 with 17:37 to play.
Northern would continue to increase its lead as sophomore Travis Feitshans would connect on a layup and a free throw to extend the ONU lead to 16-12 with 12:58 remaining.
However, the Crusdaers did not go away as they would conitnue to battle tying the contest at 20-20.
With 3:55 remaining till the break junior Konnor Baker would sink a layup to spark an 8-0 Polar Bear run, en route to the 35-29 halftime advantage.
In the second half, Capital would open with a quick 4-0 run pulling the Crusaders back within 35-33 with 19:00 to paly in the contest.
Northern would respond with a small run of its own to extend its lead once more to 39-33 with 17:28 to play.
The Polar Bears and Crusaders would exchange points for several minutes before a jumper and free throw from junior Joey Hurless would put ONU on top 50-45 with 12:30 remaining.
Capital would finally tie the contest with 9:12 to play as a layup from senior Michael Green would lock the score at 57-57.
The Crusaders would go on to be to much to handle for Northern as they would hold on for the 78-66 victory.
Capital was led in the contest by senior Mark Minch with a game-high 25 points.
Northern returns to action Saturday as they welcome Muskingum to the ONU Sports Center, tip-off set for 3 pm.