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Men's Basketball: Westminster Wins First PAC Game of Season; Thomas Scores Game-High

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 Herrmann (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.

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 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 to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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