Men's Basketball: Last Second Three Falls Short as Titans Drop at PAC Foe W&J, 69-66

Saturday, January 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team lost, 69-66, at Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Washington & Jefferson on Saturday.

Washington & Jefferson (10-8, 5-4 PAC) never lost the lead in the first half and had its largest lead at halftime up 35-26.

Down 44-33 in the second half with 17:54 on the clock, Westminster (3-15, 2-6 PAC) went on a 13-3 run and cut W&J's lead to 47-46 with 12:38 to play. The run was capped off with a fast break three-pointer from freshman Cameron Pozsgai (Windham, OH / Windham).

The Presidents remained in front and took their largest lead of the game when they led 63-49 with 3:41 on the clock. The Titans kept battling and came within three points of W&J's lead when senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) connected on three-pointer with 36 seconds left, cutting the Presidents' lead to 69-66.

After two missed W&J free throws, Westminster had an opportunity to tie the game but a three-pointer with four seconds on the clock came up short.

For the game, Westminster out-shot Washington & Jefferson 45.6% (26-57) to 36.1% (22-61), while the Presidents held a 38-34 rebound advantage.

Three Titans scored in double-figures led by Thomas with 18. Sophomore Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) followed with 12 points, while freshman Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars) had 10. Thomas also dished-out a game-high seven assists. Carswell led on the glass with a team-high seven rebounds.

Nate Bellhy led the Presidents with game-highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds.

The Titans are back in action Wednesday when they host Thiel at 8 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 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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