Tuesday, November 20, 2012
BRADFORD, Pa. - Despite shooting 55.1% from the floor, the Westminster College men's basketball team lost 66-64 at Pitt-Bradford on Tuesday night for its first loss of the season. The Titans dropped to 2-1 overall and the Panthers improved to 3-0.
Westminster had an early 7-2 lead when junior All-PAC Player of the Week Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) made a three-pointer with 17:14 on the clock. The five-point margin was the largest in the first half as both teams fought to hold onto the lead. Pitt-Bradford, down 30-29 with a minute left before halftime, took a 33-30 lead after back-to-back layups.
The game continued to be close in the second half as there were five ties. Penn-State started to pull away with 5:35 on the clock when they led 60-50, its largest lead of the game. Westminster, however, battled back and went on a 14-4 run to tie it 64-64 with 41 seconds left when Thomas scored a layup from a fastbreak. The Panthers responded on their next possession when Tyler Ferguson scored the game-winning jumper.
Thomas led the offense with 16 points (6-of-9) and a game-high four assists. Freshman Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) followed with career-highs of 11 points (4-of-8) and seven rebounds. Also scoring in double digits for the Titans were seniors Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin), Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park), and Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney) who earned 10 points each.
Westminster will travel to Washington & Jefferson next Wednesday in its Presidents' Athletic Conference opener. Tip-off is slated for 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 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.