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Men's Basketball: Titans Can't Overcome First Half Deficit in Loss at Saint Vincent

Saturday, December 1, 2012

LATROBE, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team dropped, 72-55, at Saint Vincent on Saturday in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play. The Titans fell to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference, while the Bearcats improved to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the PAC.

In the first half, the Titans tied the game, 8-8, after junior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) found senior Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney) for a three-pointer with 15:28 on the clock. Saint Vincent, however, gained control and finished the half with a 27-7 run and led 35-15 at intermission.

Westminster kept battling and orchestrated a 26-13 run with 12:17 left in the second half.  The run was capped off with a traditional three-point play from sophomore Ben Donlow (Poland, OH / Poland Seminary), which cut Saint Vincent's lead to 48-41. After the Bearcats regained a double-digit lead, the Titans pulled within five points, 56-51, after Thomas found Donlow for a layup with 6:32 on the clock. Saint Vincent then responded with a 16-4 run to end the game. 

Westminster freshman Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) came off the bench and led the team with a career-high 20 points to go along with four rebounds. Carswell was 16-of-20 from the free throw line. Senior Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park) earned a double-double that included 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Donlow followed with 11 points, while Martino added five points. Senior Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) contributed six rebounds, a block, and two points.

For the game, the Titans shot 29.8% (14-of-47) from the floor, (including 16.0% (4-of-25) in the first half), while the Bearcats shot 36.7% (22-of-60).

The Titans will open a two-game home stretch starting with Thiel on Wednesday 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 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 to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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