Saturday, December 21, 2013NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team won its first game of the 2013-14 season after an 82-71 victory over Penn. State-Altoona at home on Saturday.
The Lions had an early 11-4 lead with 14:30 on the clock in the first half. The Titans responded with a 14-6 run, which was capped off with a layup from freshman Matt Getsy, to take an 18-17 lead with 9:25 remaining in the half. After six lead changes, Westminster led 37-35 at halftime.
Westminster did not lose the lead for the remainder of the game. The Titans took their first double-digit lead (64-54) when sophomore Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) split a pair of free throws with 10:15 on the clock. The Lions answered with an 8-0 run to come within two points with 8:14 remaining in the game.
The Titans finished strong as they had their largest lead of game when freshman Coty Gander (Jackson Center, PA / Lakeview) dunked the ball to put Westminster ahead 82-69 with 24 seconds on the clock.
For the game, Westminster out-shot the Lions 48.3% (29-60) to 42.6% (29-68) and held a slight 41-37 rebound edge.
Four Titans scored in double-figures, led by senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) with 23 points (9-for-18). Sophomore Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin), Wallander, and Getsy followed with 18, 11, and 10 points respectively. Wallander added a team- and career-high 13 rebounds. Freshman Cameron Pozsgai (Windham, OH / Windham) and Carswell added seven and six boards, respectively. Thomas tied a game-high with a team-high six assists.
The Lions were led by Evan Greening who scored 23 points and had a game-high 16 rebounds.
Westminster will take two weeks off and then travel to Mount Union on January 3 with a 7 p.m. tip-off.
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.