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Men's Basketball: Titans Drop, 84-80, in OT Thriller at Geneva

Saturday, February 16, 2013

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team fell, 84-80, in overtime at Geneva on Saturday in the final game of both team's regular season. The Titans dropped to 7-17 overall and 3-13 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), while the Golden Tornadoes improved to 5-20 overall and 4-12 in the conference.

The Titans led 16-13 with 9:27 on the clock in the first half, however, Geneva jumped out to a 27-18 lead after a 14-2 run with 5:36 remaining. Westminster responded with a 12-3 run to tie the game at 30 at intermission.

Geneva was never down in the second half and had a 62-56 lead with 1:04 remaining in the game. The Titans, down 66-63 with 10 seconds to go, tied the game at 66 when Westminster junior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) found senior Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park) for a three-pointer. The Titans were able to get a shot off with one second on the clock, however they just fell short and the game went into overtime.

In overtime, Geneva led 79-72 with 1:19 on the clock, however Westminster cut Geneva's lead to 80-79 with 42 seconds remaining after a pair of Thomas free throws.

For the game, Geneva outshot Westminster 49.2% (30-61) to 38.4% (28-73) and out-rebounded the Titans 50-34.

Senior Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney) and Smith led the Titans with a game-high 22 points each. This marked a career-high for Martino. Thomas followed with 21 points. Freshman Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) led on the glass with a team-high seven rebounds.

Westminster will play Waynesburg on Monday in the PAC Tournament play-in game, while the no. 7-seeded Geneva will travel to the no. 2-seeded Thomas More on Tuesday in the first round of tournament play.

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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