Men's Basketball: Pozsgai's Buzzer-Beater in OT Lifts Titans at Geneva

Saturday, January 18, 2014

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team won, 80-77, in overtime at Geneva on Saturday. Tied 77-77 with one second remaining in overtime, senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) found freshman Cameron Pozsgai (Windham, OH / Windham) for a game-winning three-pointer as time expired.

Westminster (3-12, 2-4 PAC) was in the lead for the entirety of the first half.  The Titans had their largest lead of 25-14 when sophomore Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) found freshman Garrett Ashbaugh (Mars, PA / Mars) for a three-pointer with 7:13 remaining in the first half. Westminster held a 31-28 lead at halftime.

Geneva (4-12, 0-7 PAC) took its first lead of game (46-45) with 12:11 remaining in the second half. Eight ties would ensue, which included the score of 69-69 at the end of regulation. Westminster had a chance to win in regulation after going up by three points (69-66) with nine seconds remaining. The Golden Tornadoes managed to tie it after Jacob Grim split a pair of free throws and Tyler Damazo scored a layup after he rebounded the missed free throw with four seconds left.

For the game, Westminster out-shot Geneva 44.3% (27-61) to 41.0% (25-61) and out-rebounded the Golden Tornadoes, 44-38.

Three Titans scored in double figures, led by Thomas with a game-high 21 points. Sophomore Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) and Carswell followed with 14 points each. Wallander tallied a game-high 12 rebounds, while Carswell added seven. Thomas dished-out a game-high five assists.

Geneva Trevor York had team-highs of 17 points and nine rebounds.

Westminster will travel to Thiel on Monday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

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 378 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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