Men's Basketball Loses 80-78 in PAC Showcase

Saturday, February 4, 2012

GROVE CITY, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Game of the Week featuring Westminster College at Grove City College lived up to the hype as the Wolverines won 80-78 in an exciting finish. After a Grove City missed free throw with five seconds left in the game, Westminster was unable to connect on a potential game-winning three-pointer.
 
The Titans fell to 5-16 overall and 4-9 in the PAC, while the Wolverines improved to 9-12 overall and 5-8 in the conference.

Westminster was up 42-38 at halftime, however Grove City kept battling and took its largest lead of the game with the score of 56-50 with 13:32 left in the second half. Westminster answered with an 8-2 run capped off by two free throws by freshman Ben Donlow (Poland, OH / Poland Seminary) to knot it at 58 apiece. After a missed Wolverines' three-point jumper, the Titans regained the lead after a fade away jumper from junior Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney).

With the game tied at 67-67 and 6:48 on the clock, Grove City mustered a 6-0 run to take a late 73-67 lead. Westminster continued to chip away and cut the Wolverines' lead down to 79-77 with 1:45 remaining, following a traditional three-point play from junior Reuben King (Tarentum, PA / Highlands).

Donlow recorded his fifth career double-double with scoring 24 points (9-for-15), including career-highs of four three-pointers and 15 rebounds.  The Wolverines' defense clamped down on Westminster's leading scorer junior Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park) to just six points (who averaged 15.0 coming in). Sophomore Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) scored 21 points off 8-for-12 shooting, which included three three-pointers.

Off the bench, King added 13 points with 4-for-6 shooting (including two three-pointers). Junior Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) added seven rebounds.
Both teams shot an identical 51.8% (29-56) from the floor. Westminster's 13 three-pointers were second highest on the season.

The Titans are back in action on Wednesday as they host Thomas More at 8 p.m. that will be held in conjunction with Senior Day.

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, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 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 42 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.

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