Men's Basketball: Titans Fall in OT Thriller at W&J
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2012 18:11
WASHINGTON, Pa. - Senior Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park) scored a career-high 40 points (14-of-23), including a career-best 10 three-pointers (10-of-17), however the Westminster College men's basketball team lost, 92-87, in overtime at Washington & Jefferson. The game was both school's Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) season opener. The Titans dropped to 2-2 overall, while the Presidents improved to 2-4.
Smith's 10 three-pointers (six in the second half) ranked second all-time in Westminster history, only one away from the record (Mark DeMonaco '04 with 11). Smith was named the PAC Sports Network Player of the Game.
Washington & Jefferson had its largest lead of the first half when it led 18-9 with 11:35 on the clock. Westminster responded with an 8-0 run to cut W&J's lead to one point with 9:48 left when senior Ron Martino (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney) scored on a layup.
Westminster took its first lead of the game (20-19) at the 8:37 mark when junior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) found senior Reuben King (Tarentum, PA / Highlands) for a three pointer. Freshman Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) gave Westminster a 39-37 lead when he scored on a jumper as time expired for halftime.
In the second half, the Presidents regained the lead when Ben Cecchini scored on a layup to give W&J a 45-44 lead with 17:48 left. W&J had its largest lead of game when it led 70-60 with 7:58 left when Zach Bellhy scored on a layup. The Titans answered with a 15-5 run to tie it 75-75 after Thomas scored on a jumper with 1:43 on the clock.
In overtime, tied 80-80 with 4:03 left, the Presidents took the lead and never looked back.
Following Smith on offense for the Titans was King with 12 points. Also scoring in double figures for Westminster were senior Martino and Thomas with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Carswell added six points, while senior Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) and sophomore Ben Donlow (Poland, OH / Poland Seminary) had four each. On the glass, Smith had a team-high eight rebounds, followed with both Carswells with six each. Martino dished out a team-best four assists.