Wednesday, December 19, 2012HIRAM, Ohio - The Westminster College men's basketball team fell, 81-62, at Hiram Wednesday night in a non-conference contest. The Titans dropped to 3-5 overall and the Terriers improved to 4-4.
The Titans led 9-2 early in the first half after a jumper from junior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) with 16:53 on the clock. Hiram battled back and took its first lead of the game at 25-23 after a jumper with 6:37 remaining in the half. The Terriers pulled away with a 20-8 run and led 45-31 at halftime.
After intermission, Westminster came out with a 12-2 run to cut Hiram's leads to 47-43 with 13:55 remaining. The Titans took the lead, the first time since the 4:46 mark in the first half, when junior Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI / Battle Creek) found senior Reuben King (Tarentum, PA / Highlands) for a layup, giving Westminster a 55-54 lead at the 9:51 mark. Hiram, however, regrouped and outscored the Titans 26-8 for the remainder of the game.
Thomas led Westminster with 16 points, while shooting 5-for-11 from the court. Thomas was also perfect from the free-throw line (6-6). Senior Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park) followed with 13 points. Sophomore Mark Hockenberry (Hanover, PA / South Western) scored a career-high 11 points (5-6) and grabbed down a team- and career-high five rebounds. Hockenberry also pocketed a game- and career-high two steals. Thomas dished out a team-high four assists.
For the game, Hiram outshot Westminster 50.0% (30-60) to 33.3% (19-57).
Westminster will host Penn State-Dubois on Saturday at 2 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.