Monday, February 20, 2012NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team ended its 2011-12 season following a 63-57 loss to Waynesburg College in the opening round of the 2012 Presidents' Athletic Conference Tournament.
Westminster led 9-6 early in the first half (16:16), however the Yellow Jackets went on a 15-3 run to take a 23-12 lead. The Titans responded with a 12-0 run to finish the half to go up 24-23 at intermission. Freshman Ben Donlow (Poland, OH / Poland Seminary) led the scoring-surge scoring 10 of the 12 points, including two three pointers (one coming as time expired).
Sophomore Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) came out of locker room scoring five straight points to give Westminster a 29-23 lead. Waynesburg then orchestrated another run (10-3) that put the Yellow Jackets ahead, 33-32, with 14:50 left in the game. The Titans battled, but Waynesburg never lost the lead for the rest of the contest.
Thomas tied his game- and career-high with 27 points (10-for-17), which included a team-high four three-pointers. Donlow chipped in with 18 points (6-for-21), while junior Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) added six points with a game-high 10 rebounds. Junior Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney) dished out a team-high three assists. Juniors Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park) and Reuben King (Tarentum, PA / Highlands) registered two steals each.
Ben Altmeyer led Waynesburg with 12 points, while four other Yellow Jackets recorded nine points each.
For the game, Waynesburg shot 47.1% (24-for-51) and Westminster was 36.2% (21-for-58).
The Titans end the season with a 6-20 overall record and finished in eighth place in the PAC with a 4-12 record.
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.