Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team ended its season as the Titans lost, 88-74, to Geneva in the 2013-14 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament "Play-In" game Monday night inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.
The first half consisted of eight ties and 10 lead changes. Westminster took an early 8-2 lead after sophomore Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) converted on his second-consecutive traditional three-point play with 16:35 remaining in the first half. Geneva (6-20), however, responded with a 6-0 run, and tied the game, 8-8, with 14:12 on the clock. Geneva took its largest lead of the half when it led 34-31 with 2:41 to play. A buzzer-beater layup from Carswell tied the game, 38-38, at halftime.
Geneva took its first double-digit lead of 53-43 after it went on a 15-5 run to start the second half with 16:06 remaining. Westminster got within six points of Geneva's lead twice, the latest coming with 6:03 to play. The Golden Tornadoes held their largest lead of 16 points with 1:33 on the clock.
For the game, Geneva out-shot Westminster 55.4% (31-56) to 43.3% (26-60) and out-rebounded the Titans 36-30.
Three Titans scored in double-digits, led by senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) with a game-high 27 points. Carswell and sophomore Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) followed with 18 and 10 points, respectively. Westminster freshman Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars) led on the glass as he tied a career-high with a team-high eight rebounds. Carswell added seven boards, while freshman Coty Gander (Jackson Center, PA / Lakeview) tallied five. Gander also led Westminster with three blocks.
Tyler Damazo led Geneva with 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Westminster ended the season with a 3-23 overall record and a 2-14 mark in the PAC.
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.