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Men's Basketball: Despite First Half Lead, Titans Fall at Thiel

Monday, January 20, 2014

GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team lost, 75-68, at Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Thiel on Monday.

Titan sophomores Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) and Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) scored a team-high 15 points each. Freshman Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars) added 14 points off the bench. Wallander and Getsy grabbed down a team-high seven rebounds apiece. Freshman Garrett Ashbaugh (Mars, PA / Mars) dished-out a team-high four assists.

Khari Bess and Eric Mallinger led Thiel with a game-high 20 points each, while Mallinger tallied a game-high 16 rebounds.

Down 21-11 with 11:17 remaining in the first half, Westminster (3-13, 2-5 PAC) went on a 15-4 run to take its first lead of the game (26-25) with 5:29 on the clock. The Titans remained in front and led 35-33 at halftime.

Thiel (5-9, 2-6 PAC) came out of the locker room with a 10-0 run to take a 45-35 lead with 17:20 left to play. The Titans mustered another rally and tied the game at 51 after a 16-6 run with 12 minutes remaining. The Tomcats quickly got back on top and led 64-53 with 6:54 on the clock.

Westminster showed resilience and cut Thiel's lead to 71-68 with 50 seconds remaining in regulation, however the Tomcats maintained the lead.

For the game, Thiel out-shot Westminster 41.4 % (24-58) to 39.1 % (18-46) and out-rebounded the Titans 38-26.    
Westminster will travel to Grove City on Wednesday with a starting time of 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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