Ephs win second straight road game, defeat Colby 79-50

Harlan Dodson '11
Harlan Dodson '11

WATERVILLE, ME -- Junior James Wang scored a game-high 23 points Saturday as the Williams College men's basketball team improved to 21-1 with a 79-50 win over Colby in Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Senior Troy Whittington added 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting and junior Brian Emerson 12 for the Ephs, who remained unbeaten in NESCAC play at 7-0. Williams will host Trinity Friday at 6 p.m.

Harlan Dodson added eight points and Nate Robertson dished seven assists.

Michael Russell  finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for Colby.

Coach Mike Maker commented after the game about the Ephs' second road win in two days: "This is not an easy road trip.  We've played against two teams… that are well prepared. I thought our team played very well and effectively.  I could not be happier with our effort and our togetherness and our execution." 

The Ephs ran out to an early 9-2 lead, punctuated by a Whittington alley-oop dunk off a nice lob from Wang and a lay-in in transition from Taylor Epley off of an additional missile-like assist from Wang.

Colby missed its first eight shots from the floor during that Williams run but heated up underneath the basket soon thereafter as Mike Russell netted back-to-back baskets to make it a 9-8 Eph lead. Russell was the only player in double digits for Colby with 16 points on the day.

Whittington led the Ephs in the first half with nine points, three coming from the foul line. He helped Williams extend its lead to 16-10 by hitting two freebies, then converting a basket-and-foul opportunity.

Up 20-13, Williams received a three-pointer from the left corner by first-year Hayden Rooke-Ley, and after a Mule turnover, made it 26-15 when Harlan Dodson drained a long three off the right elbow with 3:17 remaining in the period. Dodson followed that with an alley-oop dunk of his own and Wang made two free throws late to go into the locker room at half, 30-17.

Colby shot only 30 percent (6 of 20) from the floor in the first half and turned the ball over nine times, compared to 41.7 percent (10 of 24) and five for the Ephs.

Wang scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half, coming out of the gates by draining a three-pointer in the first 30 seconds of the second half to extend the Ephs' lead to 16. James Klemm followed with another three at the 18:50 mark to push the Ephs' lead to 19, and they never looked back.

Williams got hot from beyond the three-point line over the final 20 minutes, hitting 7 of 15 threes in the second half. They shot 50 percent (17 of 34) from the floor and were able to hold Colby to 37.3 percent from the field in the game.

Looking ahead to their return home, Coach Maker said, "It's senior weekend. It's the final regular season contests at home for Troy and Harlan. It should be an emotional weekend.  We look forward to [having] the whole Eph faithful behind us; we're going to need their support, and our kids are really excited about it."

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