Wednesday, February 29, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team finished 6-20, including a 4-12 mark for eighth place in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) standings. The eighth seed Titans played in the first ever PAC play-in postseason game versus ninth seed Waynesburg.
The Titans were led by ninth-year head coach Larry Ondako, who will be four wins away from his 100th next season.
Although they had one less win than the previous season, there were many positive notes to build on for the future. The Titans will bring back five of their top six leading scorers and only lose one key player, Max Spinner (Boca Raton, FL / Boca Raton) who averaged 5.2 points per game in his senior campaign.
Junior guard Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park), a second-year transfer from Division II Wheeling Jesuit, led the Titans with 13.7 points per game, which ranked ninth in the PAC. Smith also made the most three-pointers in the conference with 84.
Sophomore guard Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) followed up a very impressive freshman season by averaging 13.3 points per game, which ranked 14th in the PAC. Thomas also ranked 12th in the PAC in assists with 2.25 per game. Thomas scored a career-high 27 points in two of the final three games to lead the Titans down the stretch.
A bright spot in the Titans' lineup also came from freshman guard Ben Donlow (Poland, OH / Poland Seminary), who averaged 10.7 points in his rookie campaign. Donlow had five double-doubles on the season and averaged 5.4 rebounds per game, second most on the Titans' roster. The freshman started in 18 games and will be another go-to option next season.
The Titans will also be led by upcoming seniors Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney) and Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin). Martino averaged 9.7 points per game and ranked 10th in the PAC in steals with 1.27 per game. Carswell led the Titans in rebounding with 6.4 per game, which ranked ninth in the PAC. Carswell shot an impressive .571 from the floor in 2011-12, good for third in the conference.
With only losing one player, the Titans will have a core group that has been together for a while and will look to build on the past year.
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.