Saturday, December 7, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team lost, 96-89, to reigning Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) champion Saint Vincent on Saturday. For the game, the Titans shot a season-high 50.0% (28-56) from the floor.
Westminster (0-7, 0-2 PAC) had its largest lead of the game with 14:21 remaining in the first half when sophomore Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) found classmate Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) for a three-pointer, putting the Titans in front 11-6.
Saint Vincent (7-2, 1-0 PAC) battled back and took its biggest lead of the game when Darren Hawkins scored a layup giving the Bearcats a 40-28 lead with 3:07 on the clock. The Bearcats led 46-38 at intermission.
The Bearcats remained ahead in the beginning of the first half and led by as much as 11 points (71-60), when Ben Klimchock made a jumper with 9:54 remaining. The Titans, however, orchestrated a 16-4 run and took their first lead, since early in the game, when senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) scored a layup with 6:02 on the clock.
Saint Vincent was only up by a slim margin, 85-84, with 2:24 remaining in regulation, however an 11-5 Bearcat run sealed the victory.
Thomas led Westminster with 24 points (10-18). Carswell followed with 23 points, including a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line. Also scoring in double-digits for the Titans were Wallander and freshman Matt Lawrence (Avon, OH / Avon) who had 18 and 13 points, respectively. Lawrence's 13 points marked a career-high, while he also notched a game- and career-high seven rebounds. Carswell pocketed a game-high three steals. Carswell and freshman Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars) dished-out a team-high three assists each. Freshman Coty Gander (Jackson Center, PA / Lakeview) rejected a game- and career-high four shots.
Isaac Turner led Saint Vincent with a game-high 27 points. Dillon Stith followed with 25 points and a game-high 11 boards.
For the game, Westminster out-shot Saint Vincent 50.0% (28-56), to 44.6% (29-65), while the Bearcats held a 36-31 rebound edge.
Westminster will take a week off for finals and will host Hiram on Monday, December 16, at 7 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.