Men's Basketball: WC wins 1st PAC game of season

Saturday, January 11, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team won its first Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game of the season as the Titans won, 96-90, versus Waynesburg at home on Saturday.

The Titans' 96 points were the most points Westminster has scored since the 2007-08 season when it lost 102-98 in overtime to Grove City.

Down 16-10 with 14:10 on the clock in the first half, Westminster (2-11, 1-3 PAC) went on a 13-2 run to take a 23-18 lead with 9:42 remaining. The Titans remained in the lead for the rest of the first half and had their largest of eight points (42-34) when freshman Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars) found classmate Coty Gander (Jackson Center, PA / Lakeview) for a layup with 1:51 to go. Westminster led 44-37 at intermission.

In the second half, Waynesburg (7-8, 2-4, PAC) tied the game, 54-54, after a three-pointer from B.J. Durham with 14:23 remaining. The Yellow Jackets took a 79-78 lead, their first since midway through the first half, when Jacob Fleegle split a pair of free throws with 5:06 left on the clock. Westminster regained the lead and took a commanding lead of 88-81 when senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) made a layup with 2:15 remaining.

For the game, Westminster out-shot Waynesburg 52.4% (33-63) to 41.7% (30-72). The Yellow Jackets out-rebounded the Titans 43-34.

Thomas scored a game-high 24 points (10-for-18). Four additional Titans scored in double-figures, paced by sophomore Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) with 20 points. Sophomore Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin), Getsy, and junior Nate HerrmannĀ (Avon, CT / Seneca Valley) tallied 17, 13, and 10 points respectively. Hermann's points set a career-high. Wallander had a team-high 10 rebounds to give him his second double-double of his career. Thomas added a season-high seven assists, while freshman Garrett Ashbaugh (Mars, PA / Mars) had a career-high five.

Thomas Ellis led Waynesburg with 20 points, while Tyler Miller had a team-high 10 rebounds.

Westminster will host Thomas More on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) made a layup with 2:15 remaining.