Damazo gets third straight double-double; Geneva defeats Westminster 88-74 in playoffs

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February 24, 2014

New Wilmington, PA - Junior Tyler Damazo (Blackhawk) had his third straight double-double and fourth of the season, finishing with 20 points and 12 rebounds as Geneva defeated Westminster 88-74 in the preliminary round playoff game of the Presidents′ Athletic Conference. It was Geneva′s second straight win after a 16-game losing streak and the Golden Tornadoes (6-20) will now travel to first-place Bethany (21-4) Tuesday.

"We played really well from start to finish," said Geneva coach Jeff Santarsiero. "We put two halves together and it was a great team effort from everybody."

The win was Geneva′s largest margin of victory this season and its largest since a 100-85 win at Westminster on February 18, 2012. It was the 212th meeting between the two schools, in a series that dates back to 1898.

Westminster led by as many as six in the first half but the game was tied at 38-38 at halftime. Geneva took the lead for good 1:58 into the second half on as basket by senior Trevor York (Sycamore Covenant, IN) that started a 9-0 run that effectively sealed the game. York had 16 points as did senior Jordan Harbison (Portersville Christian School). Freshman Chaese Vaudrin (Uniontown, OH) had 14 points. The same four players scored in double figures in Saturday′s 74-72 win at Westminster.

"Jordy hot a big three to get us started in the first half," Santarsiero said. "In the second half, Tyler, Trevor, and Chaese carried us and Jacob Grim played great defensively.

"Now we get to play again."

Anthony Thomas led Westminster (3-23) with 27 points and Paul Carswell added 18.

Geneva College invites students to accept the challenge of an academically excellent, Christ-centered education. Offering nearly 40 undergraduate majors, Adult Degree Programs with fully online and campus-based options, and seven graduate degrees, Geneva has programs that place students at the forefront of higher learning. Adhering to the inerrancy of Scripture, a Geneva education is grounded in God′s word as well as in a core curriculum designed to prepare students vocationally to think, write and communicate well in today′s world.