Men's Basketball: Titans Win 75-73 in Comeback Against La Roche

Monday, December 17, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team came back from being down 12 points with nine minutes left in the game to win 75-73 against La Roche College inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium Monday night. The Titans snapped a four-game skid and improved to 3-4 overall, while the Redhawks dropped to 5-5 on the year.

Tied 4-4 early in the first half, La Roche went on a 14-3 run to take an 18-7 lead with 11:47 left in the half. The Redhawks had a 21-10 lead with 9:22 on the clock, however Westminster orchestrated 12-1 run to tie it 22-22 with 4:41 remaining. The run was capped off from an alley-oop from senior Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney) to junior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) who scored on a dunk. La Roche regained the lead and led 31-26 at halftime.

La Roche had its largest lead of the game when it led 51-37 with 11:55 remaining. Down 56-44, Westminster went on a 16-4 run to tie it 60-60 with 4:24 left on the clock. The Titans took the lead, only their second of the game, when freshman Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) scored a three-pointer to give Westminster a 67-66 edge with 1:51 remaining. La Roche responded with a layup to regain the lead, however Martino scored a three that gave the Titans a 70-68 lead with 1:35 left. Westminster sealed the win as it went 5-for-6 from the charity stripe in the remaining 1:30.

Westminster senior Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park) scored a team-high 19 points (5-13), including 6-8 from the free throw line. Classmate Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) followed with 14 points, while Thomas and Paul Carswell added 12 points each. Martino contributed with nine points.  Adam Carswell grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

For the game, Westminster shot 42.4% (25-59) and La Roche shot 45.0% (27-60).

The Titans will travel to Hiram on Wednesday at 7:30 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.

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