Friday, November 16, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team came back from a 12-point deficit and won 67-58 over visiting Mount Union in the first night of the 21st annual Buzz Ridl Classic Friday in both team's season openers. The Titans improved to 1-0 overall and the Purple Raiders dropped to 0-1.
Mount Union was in control and in the lead for the first 32 minutes of game, however Westminster orchestrated a 20-0 run with 8:12 minutes left in regulation to take a commanding 65-56 lead. Junior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) led the charge with 11 points during the streak.
Five Titans scored in double figures in the game, led by Thomas who scored 19 points (8-for-17). Senior Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park) followed with 13 points. Sophomore Ben Donlow (Poland, OH / Poland Seminary) and senior Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney) scored 11 points each, while senior Reuben King (New Kensington, PA / Highlands) earned 10.
Donlow led Westminster on defense with 11 rebounds, while senior Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) had 10.
For the game Westminster shot 42.4% (25-59), including 50% in the second half (17-34), while Mount Union shot 37.9% (22-58).
The Titans will finish out the tournament tomorrow when they host Muskingum at 4 p.m.
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 377 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.