PITTSBURGH--The fifth-seeded Westminster College men's basketball team was dealt an 85-76 loss by No. 4 Chatham University in the quarterfinal round of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament Tuesday night at the Athletics and Fitness Center (AFC).
Chatham improved to 15-11 with Tuesday's win. Westminster fell to 14-12.
Chatham will travel to Washington, Pa. on Thursday night to take on top-seeded Washington & Jefferson College in the semifinal round. W&J cruised to a 85-68 win over No. 8 Grove City College Tuesday.
Westminster jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on back-to-back buckets by junior Reese Leone (Beloit, Ohio | West Branch). A 17-3 Chatham run pushed the Cougars' lead to 12, 21-9, with just under 13 minutes remaining in the first half. The Titans responded with a 12-4 scoring spurt to pull to within two, 21-19, with 10 minutes to go. Seniors Justin Bofenkamp (Warren, Ohio | Warren JFK) and Jordan Zupko (Mineral Ridge, Ohio | Mineral Ridge) each had five points during the stretch.
Bofenkamp buried a three-point field goal with 1:29 to play in the half to cut Chatham's lead to five, 38-33, but Geoffrey Heim hit a pair of jumpers with under one minute to play to give the Cougars a 42-33 going into the break.
Bofenkamp paced the Titans with 12 first half points. Westminster hit 4-of-7 (57.1%) three-point field goals in the opening 20 minutes.
Marcus Cintron's jumper with 15 minutes to go in the second extended Chatham's lead to 17, 60-43. Westminster outscored Chatham 19-8 over the next seven minutes and cut the deficit to six, 68-62, on a bucket by freshman Bobby Ray (Jefferson, Ohio, Jefferson).
A quick 6-0 run by Chatham pushed their lead to 74-62 with under seven to play. Senior Austin O'Hara (Girard, Ohio |Girard) scored with 32 seconds left in regulation to cut Westminster's deficit to seven, 83-76, but Cintron hit a pair of free throws down the stretch to seal the Cougars' nine-point win.
O'Hara posted a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double to pace Westminster, finishing 6-of-11 from the field. It was his third double-double of the season. Bofenkamp and Leone each finished with 14 points. James added 12 points and six boards while Zupko had 10 points and three rebounds.
Cintron led five Chatham players in double figures with a game-high 21 points.
Westminster finished shooting 40.3 percent (27-67) from the field. Chatham shot 50.0 percent (33-66) from the floor and connected on 9-of-25 (36.0%) three-point field goals in the second half.
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