Wednesday, February 8, 2012NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Missed opportunities in the second half out shadowed its highest shooting performance of the year as the Westminster College men's basketball team lost to Thomas More 75-71 tonight inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium. A missed free throw and two turnovers with under a minute and a half in the second half stalled the Titans who shot 52.7% (29-for-55) from the floor.
At the 14:50 mark in the first half, tied 11-11, junior Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park) capped off a 9-1 run with a three-pointer to give Westminster a 20-12 advantage. The Saints responded with a 13-4 run to take a 25-24 lead. As both teams kept battling, junior Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney) scored the last points of the first half with a three-pointer with 1:03 on clock which gave Westminster a 38-37 halftime lead.
Thomas More regained the lead with their first possession in the second half and stayed ahead until 16 minutes later when sophomore Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) ignited the crowd with a dunk over the Saints' defense, giving the Titans a 68-66 lead.
Thomas led Westminster with 17 points, while shooting 8-for-12 from the floor. Martino followed with 14 points (6-for-11) to go along with a team-high three steals. Also scoring in double digits were junior Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) and senior Max Spinner (Boca Raton, FL / Boca Raton) who earned 13 and 11 points, respectively. Smith added seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Saints shot 55.8% (29-for-52) and were led by Colt Stafford with 19 points and Phil Feinberg with 18 points, who both shot 8-for-11 from the floor. Ryan Hamm followed with 15 points, including 4-for-4 behind the three-point arc.
The Titans look to regroup as they travel to Penn State-Greater Allegheny on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Highlights from the game, courtesy of Westminster Cable Network:
Anthony Thomas's Dunk:
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, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 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 42 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.