Monday, February 13, 2012
MCKEESPORT, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team ended a two game losing streak with a convincing win against Penn State Greater Allegheny 78-59. The Titans jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first five minutes en route to a season-high 46 first half points.
The Lions dropped to 5-20 overall and the Titans improved to 6-17 overall.
The Titans defense was in prime form as they forced 19 turnovers and held the Lions to 0-10 from three-point land. The Titans capitalized with 23 points off turnovers which helped build their lead.
The Lions did shoot slightly better from the floor overall with their 40% (24-60) compared to the Titans 38% (23-60).
Junior Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park) led the Titans with 19 points including 4-10 from beyond the arc. A balanced scoring attack for the Titans put three other members into double-figures. Sophomore Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) and junior Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney) had 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Senior Max Spinner (Boca Raton, FL / Boca Raton) had an impressive overall game with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists, and a game- and career-high five steals. 10 Titans' recorded points in the contest.
Jon Schmid paced the Lions with 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Titans look to make it two straight on Wednesday (Feb. 15) at Bethany, the tip-off scheduled for 8:00pm.
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.