Saturday, February 18, 2012
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - In a battle for the sixth seed of the 2011-12 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Tournament, the Westminster College men's basketball team lost to Geneva 100-85. The Titans finished the regular season 6-19 overall and 5-12 in the PAC, while the Golden Tornadoes finished at 5-11 and 6-19.
Sophomore Anthony Thomas (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) led the Titans with a career-high 27 points (11-19), including four three-pointers. Thomas also led on the boards with six rebounds. Also reaching a career milestone was junior Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney) with 19 points off 7-for-14 shooting.
The first half included five ties with Westminster's latest lead occurring four minutes after the game's start (6-4).
The Golden Tornadoes held a 42-36 halftime lead. A layup from senior Max Spinner (Boca Raton, FL / Boca Raton) cut Geneva's lead to 60-52, however the Golden Tornadoes recovered and led in double digits for the duration of the contest.
For the game, Geneva shot 65.5% (38-for-58), while the Titans were 49.2% (32-for-65). Both teams converted on eight three-pointers.
Dave Phillips led Geneva with a game-high 31 points, followed by Lambros Svignos with 26.
Also scoring in double digits for Westminster were juniors Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park) and Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) with 16 and 10 points, respectively.
Westminster will host Waynesburg in the PAC Tournament "play-in" game next Monday night in Buzz Ridl Gymnasium. The winner will travel to the number one seed Bethany on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.