Saturday, January 12, 2013NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team won its first Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game of the season after a 78-68 victory over Geneva College inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium on Saturday. The Titans snapped a five-game losing streak and improved to 5-10 overall and 1-6 in the conference, while the Golden Tornadoes dropped to 1-14 overall and 1-6 in the league.
Westminster, with a 9-7 lead at the 16:14 mark in the first half, orchestrated a 6-0 run to lead 15-7 with 14:04 on the clock. Geneva, down 24-15 with 9:08 remaining in the half, finished the half with a 16-6 run to lead 31-30 at intermission.
The Titans, leading 48-44 at the 11:04 mark in the second half, took their largest lead of the game, 57-44, after a 9-0 run which was capped off from a layup from freshman Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) with nine minutes remaining in regulation.
Senior Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park) scored a game-high 20 points (6-for-14), followed by junior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) with 19 points (7-for-16). Also scoring in double digits for the Titans was Carswell with 17 points (6-for-10). Seniors Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney) and Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) and sophomore Mark Hockenberry (Hanover, PA / South Western) contributed with nine, seven and six points, respectively. Adam Carswell had a game-high 11 rebounds, along with a team-high two blocks. Hockenberry added nine rebounds. Thomas dished-out a game- and season-high six assists.
Westminster will look to make it two-straight wins when it hosts Grove City on Wednesday at 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.