Wednesday, December 4, 2013NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College (0-6, 0-1 PAC) men's basketball team lost, 83-79, to Washington & Jefferson (4-2, 1-0 PAC) in both squad's Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) opener on Wednesday night inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.
W&J, in front 16-15 with 13:07 on the clock, went on a 16-2 run to take its largest lead of the game (32-17) with 8:20 remaining before intermission. Westminster responded with a 22-9 run and cut W&J's lead to 41-39 at halftime. Titan sophomore Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) scored Westminster's final nine points with three three-pointers, including one at the buzzer.
The Titans took a 42-41 lead, their first since early in the game, in their opening possession of the second half when senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) found freshman Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars) for a three-pointer. The second half included seven ties with the latest coming with 3:11 remaining (74-74). Down 81-77 with 47 seconds left, Titan freshman John Arcuri (Oakmont, PA / Saint Joseph) scored on a layup to pull Westminster within two points (81-79). W&J responded with a layup with 13 seconds left on the clock.
Carswell led Westminster with a career-high 25 points, including a game-high 12-for-14 from the free throw line. Thomas followed with a season-high 24 points, while sophomore Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) and freshman Coty Gander (Jackson Center, PA / Lakeview) scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Thomas added a team-high five assists. Freshman Cameron Pozsgai (Windham, OH / Windham) led on the boards with a career-high 10 rebounds.
Nate Bellhy led W&J with game-highs of 32 points and 11 rebounds.
For the game, the Presidents out-shot Westminster 44.8% (26-58) to 39.1% (27-69), while the Titans held a 45-39 rebound advantage.
Westminster will host Saint Vincent 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 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.