NEW LONDON, CT – The Williams College men's basketball team (13-3/2-2 NESCAC) downed host Connecticut College (5-10/0-5 NESCAC) 71-50 this afternoon with solid team play that featured 18 assists on 25 baskets.
"Last night we had three assists and 18 turnovers and we did not shoot the ball well," noted Eph head coach Mike Maker. "We need to find other ways to score when we are not shooting well and we will. We have a lot of confidence in what we've got, who we are, and where we're going. It's a long season."
At 16:52 of the first half James Klemm knocked down the first of his five threes off a feed from Nate Robertson and the Ephs had the lead at 5-3. Williams held the lead until 7:23 of the half when the Camels' Rob Hartigan scored on a tip in making the score 22-21 in favor of the Camels.
On his next two shots Klemm gave the Ephs the lead for good when he hit a jumper with 7:05 left in the half and then turned a Camel miss into a three ball on the next possession with James Wang recording the assist and the Ephs led 26-22.
When the Camels' Matt Vadas hit a jumper with 1:55 to go before intermission to cut the Ephs lead to two, 30-28, it was again Klemm who turned the Camels back. This time Klemm drained a three off a feed from out of the paint from Brian Emerson with 1:38 to play.
The Ephs led 33-28 at the half.
In the second half Connecticut College got to within three when Bryan Gross scored on a layup at 16:39 to make the score 37-34, Williams.
Over the next 10 minutes the Ephs fashioned a 22-0 run and extended their lead to 25, 64-39, that Klemm capped off when he drilled another three. The 22-0 run featured 8 points from Klemm and six from Michael Mayer and boosted the Ephs to their 13th win on the year.
"I was very pleased by what I saw from our team today," stated Maker. "We got knocked down last night, but we got back up today and played with a lot of spirit. We were highly competitive. We have not been as consistent on offense as I would like us to be yet, but this is a tough league."
Klemm led the scoring for the Ephs with 19 points on five threes and Michael Mayer added 14 with four buckets underneath and 6-6 from the free throw line. Taylor Epley, James Wang, and Hayden Rooke-Ley all scored 9 points.
"Don't overlook Nate Roberton's contributions today – 5 assists, no turnovers and he held their best player Matt Vadas to 15 points, " Maker cautioned in crediting his junior guard's all-around play.
Matt Vadas led the Camels with 15 points and Bryan Gross chipped in with 10.
The Ephs held a 35-33 advantage on the boards and committed 10 less turnovers than the Camels (19).
Next up for the Ephs is a home game on Thursday vs. Skidmore at 7:00 PM.