Friday, November 9, 2012NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The 2012-13 Westminster College men's basketball team returns all five starters and three key reserve players for first-year head coach Kevin Siroki. Siroki, a '93 Westminster graduate and Titan standout, knows first-hand what the Titan tradition is all about. "I want my players to work as a family," Siroki said. "That's the Titan tradition. Having a family atmosphere that includes alumni and past players coming to the games and being part of the program is important to me."
The Titans will look to two-year starters senior guard Doug Smith (South Park, PA/South Park) and junior guard Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA/Union) to lead the offense. Last year, Smith led the team in scoring, averaging 13.7 points per game, while Thomas averaged 13.3. Senior forward Adam Carswell (Painsville, OH/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) returns for his final season after he led the team in minutes (31.6/game), starts (26), rebounds (6.4/game), blocks (25), and field goal percentage a season ago. Carswell's .571 field goal percentage was third in the PAC. The other two returning starters include senior guard Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney), who averaged 9.7 points and 1.9 assists per game, and sophomore guard Ben Donlow (Poland, OH/Poland Seminary), who contributed 10.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.
Key reserves for the Titans will include senior guard Reuben King (New Kensington, PA/Highlands), junior guard Kendall Hunter (McKeesport, PA/McKeesport), and sophomore center Mark Hockenberry (Hanover, PA/South Western).
Westminster, who was selected to finish eighth in the 2012-13 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll, will kick-off the season as host of the Buzz Ridl Classic on Nov. 16. The Titans will host Mount Union on Friday at 8 p.m. and Muskingum on Saturday at 4 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 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 377 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.
Senior Adam Carswell