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Men's Basketball: Titans Fall in OT Thriller at W&J

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, Pa. - Senior Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park) scored a career-high 40 points (14-of-23), including a career-best 10 three-pointers (10-of-17), however the Westminster College men's basketball team lost, 92-87, in overtime at Washington & Jefferson. The game was both school's Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) season opener. The Titans dropped to 2-2 overall, while the Presidents improved to 2-4.

Smith's 10 three-pointers (six in the second half) ranked second all-time in Westminster history, only one away from the record (Mark DeMonaco '04 with 11). Smith was named the PAC Sports Network Player of the Game.

Washington & Jefferson had its largest lead of the first half when it led 18-9 with 11:35 on the clock. Westminster responded with an 8-0 run to cut W&J's lead to one point with 9:48 left when senior Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney) scored on a layup. 

Westminster took its first lead of the game (20-19) at the 8:37 mark when junior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) found senior Reuben King (Tarentum, PA / Highlands) for a three pointer. Freshman Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) gave Westminster a 39-37 lead when he scored on a jumper as time expired for halftime.

In the second half, the Presidents regained the lead when Ben Cecchini scored on a layup to give W&J a 45-44 lead with 17:48 left. W&J had its largest lead of game when it led 70-60 with 7:58 left when Zach Bellhy scored on a layup. The Titans answered with a 15-5 run to tie it 75-75 after Thomas scored on a jumper with 1:43 on the clock.

In overtime, tied 80-80 with 4:03 left, the Presidents took the lead and never looked back.

Following Smith on offense for the Titans was King with 12 points. Also scoring in double figures for Westminster were senior Martino and Thomas with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Carswell added six points, while senior Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) and sophomore Ben Donlow (Poland, OH / Poland Seminary) had four each. On the glass, Smith had a team-high eight rebounds, followed with both Carswells with six each. Martino dished out a team-best four assists.

Westminster will travel to Saint Vincent on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Highlights Courtesy of the PAC Sports Network:

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 Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 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 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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