Saturday, November 16, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team lost, 85-73, to Catholic in its home opener as hosts of the 22nd Annual Buzz Ridl Classic on Friday.
Catholic (1-0) led 44-29 at halftime, paced by nine successful three-point field goals.
In the second half, Westminster (0-1) continued to battle and came within one point, 72-71, after freshman Jason Pilarski (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood) drained a three-pointer with 4:47 remaining in regulation.
Pilarski led the Titan offense with 23 points (9-12), including four three-point field goals. Senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) and freshman Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars) followed with 16 and 10 points, respectively. Freshman John Arcuri (Oakmont, PA / Saint Joseph) added nine points, followed by freshman Cameron Pozgai (Windham, OH / Windham) with eight. Thomas, who led the team with six assists, also had a team-high six rebounds. Getsy added five boards.
Westminster outshot Catholic 44.6% (29-65) to 39.7% (25-63) for the game. Catholic had the rebound advantage at 55-30.
Thiel topped Lynchburg, 72-69, in the first game of the Classic. Westminster will play Lynchburg tomorrow at 4 p.m., after Thiel plays Catholic 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 378 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.