Saturday, November 30, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team lost, 92-76, in a home non-conference contest to Penn State-Behrend on Saturday. Titan senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) scored his 1,000th career point and became the 36th Titan in men's basketball history to garner this feat.
The Titans (0-5) had their largest lead of the first half when sophomore Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) made a pair of free throws, putting Westminster in front 12-2 with 16:33 on the clock.
Penn. State-Behrend (3-1) took its first lead of the game, 21-20, with 8:33 remaining in the first half when Keith Wallace found Davic Wes for a layup. The Lions remained in front and had a 43-27 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Penn. State-Behrend had its largest lead of the game of 18 points when Casey Courneen scored a three-pointer, giving the Lions a 50-32 lead with 17:39 on the clock.
The Titans kept battling and cut PSB's lead down to nine points twice, with the second coming with 4:43 remaining on the clock when sophomore Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) scored on a layup cutting the Lions' lead to 79-70.
Wallander, who had 20 points combined in the first four games of the season, led the Titans with a game- and career-high 31 points (8-for-13), including 12-for-14 from the free throw line. Wallander also led on the glass with a team-high seven rebounds. Thomas followed with 16 points, 14 of which came in the second half. Carswell added seven points, while freshman Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars) and John Arcuri (Oakmont, PA / Saint Joseph) contributed six points each. Thomas and freshman Cameron Pozgai (Windham, OH / Windham) had four rebounds each, while Thomas dished-out a team-high five assists.
Shane Skelly led four Lions who scored in double-digits with 19 points. Skelly and Zane Hackett had a game-high nine rebounds each.
For the game, the Lions out-shot the Titans 51.7% (30-58) to 41.1% (23-56) and also had a 47-28 rebound advantage.
Westminster will host Washington & Jefferson in its Presidents' Athletic Conference opener on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
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 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 378 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 www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.