Ephs fall to Cardinals 66-43

Ephs fall to Cardinals 66-43

MIDDLETOWN, CT - Williams men's basketball fell to Wesleyan tonight on the road, 66-43. The Ephs fell to 1-2 in the NESCAC and 12-3 on the season, while Wesleyan improved to 2-1 in the conference and 12-3 overall. 

The Cardinals were led by Sasha Brown with 15 points. Mike Callaghan and Derick Beresford joined Brown in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Michael Mayer was the only Eph in double figures with 11 points.

Williams led by as many as five in the first half, going up 17-12 on a three pointer from James Klemm with 11:06 to play before the break. However, Wesleyan fought its way back into the game quickly, taking the lead 23-22 on a jumper from Callaghan with 5:46 to play in the half.

From there, the Cardinals did not look back. The home team managed to hold the Ephs to only four more points for the remainder of the half, while pouring in 19 of their own, to enter the break with a 42-26 lead. The Cardinals then held the Ephs to 19 percent shooting in the second half, and were able to walk off their home floor with with the 66-43 victory. 

The Ephs shot 31 percent on the game, while the Cardinals hit 45 percent of their shots. It was the Ephs' lowest point total of the season. 

"Wesleyan outplayed us in every phase of the game, so give them credit," Williams head coach Mike Maker said. "I know that we have a lot of soul searching to do. I have a lot of confidence in the players in our locker room and in our program, but we have to see what we can do to pick ourselves up after getting knocked down once again." 

Williams faces Conn. College tomorrow at 4 p.m., again on the road. Wesleyan will face off with Middlebury at home, also at 4 p.m.