Saturday, February 22, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team lost, 74-72, to Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Geneva at home for Senior Day on Saturday. Titan senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) scored a game- and career-high 30 points (12-for-20).
Westminster (3-22, 2-14 PAC) had their largest lead of six points in the first half on different occasions, with the last one coming with 2:42 on the clock. The Titans led 30-29 at halftime.
Geneva (5-20, 1-15 PAC) battled back and led by as much as nine points (44-35) with 13:42 to play in the game. The Titans responded and eventually tied the game at 64 after a two-handed dunk from senior Anthony Thomas with 5:23 on the clock. Westminster had a 72-71 lead with 42 seconds remaining after a layup from Thomas, however Geneva knocked down two free throws (two possessions later) with 18 seconds left. Westminster had a chance with less than a second remaining, but an in-bound pass to the basket came up short.
For the game, Westminster out-shot Geneva 47.6% (30-63) to 42.6% (26-61) and out-rebounded the Golden Tornadoes 42-38.
Titan sophomore Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) also scored in double digits with 13 points. Westminster freshmen Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars), Coty Gander (Jackson Center, PA / Lakeview), and John Arcuri (Oakmont, PA / Saint Joseph) added nine, eight, and seven points, respectively. Wallander also led the Titans with nine rebounds, while Thomas and Gander had eight boards each.
Westminster, the eighth-seed, and Geneva, the ninth-seed, will start the 2013-14 PAC Championship Tournament on Monday with the league's third annual "play-in" game. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. in New Wilmington. The winner will travel to the top-seeded Bethany on Tuesday for one of four quarterfinal matchups.
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.