BETHANY, W.Va. - The Westminster College men's basketball team won, 79-66, over Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Bethany College on the road on Saturday afternoon.
Westminster (14-10, 9-6 PAC) was ahead for the majority of the first 10 minutes of the first half. Up 8-7, the Titans went on a 7-0 run and led 15-7 with 11:27 left. Bethany (4-19, 3-11 PAC) chipped away at Westminster's lead and orchestrated 19-7 run to lead 26-22 with four minutes remaining. The Bison maintained the lead and had a seven-point, 35-28 halftime lead (their largest of the frame).
In the second half, Bethany held a 39-33 lead with 15:26 remaining, before the Titans completely flipped momentum in their favor with a 13-0 run capped off by a conventional three-point play by senior Lloyd Chatman (Columbus, OH / Reynoldsburg) to make the score 49-39 in favor of Westminster with 12:29 left to play. The Bison responded to the Titans' run with a 7-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to three 10:01 remaining. Once again, the Titans responded by seizing momentum, this time with a 15-0 run capped off by seven-straight points from junior Isaac Stamatiades (Elkridge, MD / Avalon) to make the score 64-46 with 5:46 remaining, sealing the victory for the Titans.
Stamatiades recorded a career-high 30 points to go along with 13 rebounds, notching his league-leading 11th double-double of the season. Stamatiades shot a career-best 73% from the field (minimum 10 attempts) and tied a career-high with four made three-pointers. Junior Daniel Ritter (North Lima, OH / South Range) finished with 13 points and was 4-4 from the charity stripe, while senior Dylan O'Hara (Girard, OH / Girard) tallied 12 points.
The Titans shot 45.6% (26-57) from the field and 44.4% (8-18) from beyond the arc, while recording a 76% mark (19-25) from the charity stripe. Bethany shot 40.4% (23-57) from the field and was 35% (7-20) from three. The Titans outrebounded the Bison 43-29 and forced 17 Bethany turnovers, which the Titans turned into 16 points off of turnovers.
Westminster will be back on the court on Wednesday, February 19 when it takes on Grove City College at home in a conference matchup for its last regular season game at 8 p.m.