NEW LONDON, CT—Ephs (11-2, NESCAC 2-0) defeat the Connecticut College Camels (5-8, NESCAC 0-2) by a final score of 91-57
"I was really proud of the guys," said Williams Head coach Kevin App. "I thought that we played with competitive joy and selfishness that was really apparent, and when we play that loose we are a really good basketball team."
The Ephs were coming off of an OT win at nationally ranked Wesleyan the night before and were looking to grab a second NESCAC win of the season. The Camels were coming off of a loss to Middlebury College the day before and looking to grab their first NESCAC win of the season.
The Camels came out hot getting an early 8-0 lead against the Ephs, but Juniors James Heskett and Bobby Casey combated the run with a couple buckets of their own. The middle of the first half was very close and saw several lead changes between the two teams. The Ephs started to gain momentum after an and-1 dunk from Sophomore Matthew Karpowicz. Towards the end of the half, the Ephs started hitting shots from behind the arc and ended the first half shooting 9-19 from long range. The Ephs ended the half with a 21-point lead, 49-28.
The Ephs picked up where they left off in the first half nailing three-pointers and playing great defensively. They opened the half with a 26-2 run and continued to play well on both ends of the court throughout the rest of the game. Wiliams did a great job of turning defense into offense with 31 points off of turnovers, enabling the Ephs to post the 91-57 victory.
When asked about the team's defensive play today, Coach App said, "We talked about making it difficult on Conn, and getting back to our defensive principles and when we do that, that's when we create turnovers. I thought we were really aggressive in transition off their turnovers and some of their misses and that's when we made our big run. Our transition game allows us to get layups and open threes off of the turnovers"
Bobby Casey finished this game with a season-high 25 points, shooting 7-8 from behind the arc and 9-10 from the field. James Heskett led the team with 7 assists and Matthew Karpowicz lead the team with 9 rebounds.
The Camels stat leaders were as follows: Freshman Dan Draffan scored 11 points, Junior David Labossiere finished with 6 rebounds, and several players ended with 2 assists.
The Ephs' next game is against the Tufts Jumbos at home on Friday, January 12th at 7 p.m.