Williamstown, MA – The Williams College Ephs (14-4) beat The St. Joseph's Fighting Saints (1-15) on a Monday night battle.
Head coach Kevin App commented on the how the team prepared for this Monday night game, "It's different for sure, but we treated it like previous years in the NESCAC where we played Friday and Sunday. So, we treated the Saturday Monday game pairing like that"
The Ephs jumped out to an early lead. Junior James Heskett opened up the scoring with post move over a defender. After a St. Joseph turnover, junior Bobby Casey sunk a three-pointer from the center of the arch to put the Ephs up 5. On the next possession, senior Cole Teal snuck by his defender with a pump fake and got to the basket for a layup. The Fighting Saints called a timeout after that basket and the Ephs were up 7-0.
Out of the timeout, St. Joseph's got on the board with a three from Kadeem Riddick. St. Josephs cut into the Ephs lead and got the score to 7-5 before the Ephs were able to build upon their lead with solid three-point shooting from multiple players. With 12:40 left in the first half, the Ephs were up 24-11.
The Ephs continued to build on their lead throughout the half. The Ephs were able to keep St. Joseph off the board through solid defense, notably a hustle steal from sophomore Mickey Babek.
Towards the end of the half, the pace of the game sped up and both teams were creating turnovers and making plays. St. Joseph was able to cut into the Eph's lead bringing it down from 19 to 13, but the Ephs were able to build the lead back up to 19 at the end of the half with the score being 47-28.
The Ephs were lighting it up from the field, shooting 66.7% (18 of 27) from the field, including 50% behind the arch (6-12). The Ephs had 5 different players knock down the three ball at the half. Leading the Ephs in scoring was Cole Teal with 11 points, and sophomore Matthew Karpowicz led the Ephs in rebounding with 6. Leading the Fighting Saints in points was Tyreke Woodard
To start the second half, The Ephs came out of the half firing from deep. Bobby Casey and James Heskett hit back-to-back threes to open up the half. The Fighting Saints were able to hit a three of their own to start out the half. The Ephs continued to distance themselves from Saint Joseph's due to team defense, and an offensive push led by James Heskett. The Ephs led 66-35 with 15 minutes left in the half.
Halfway through the second half, the Ephs went up 78-42 off of a three-pointer from sophomore Mickey Babek. The Ephs continued their defensive pressure, which led to sophomore Vince Brookins, Jr. getting a steal that quickly turned into an offensive opportunity for Henry Feinberg, who got fouled going to the lane. He hit both free throws putting him at 6-6 from the stripe.
Junior Jake Porath entered the game and his presence was felt early. He got a steal, a couple free throws, and an assist to Henry Feinberg in his first couple of minutes on the floor. Senior Adam Kroot helped keep up the defensive pressure and earned himself a steal that led to two points for senior Chris Galvin on the other side of the court.
The Ephs continued to control the game with contributions coming from everywhere. Notably, freshman Marc Taylor with 8 rebounds in the second half. The Ephs won the game 104-49.
"It's great to get everyone out there and reward them for working hard and playing hard." Coach App commented on the team win "I think the starters set the tone with their attention to detail and effort level early, and that's what got us the lead. The young guys came in with tremendous energy at the end and it was great to see because we are going to need some of those guys to step up into different roles down the stretch. So, it's good to get everybody some minutes"
Leading the Ephs in scoring was James Heskett with 21 points. Second in scoring was Henry Feinberg with 15 points. The Ephs Finished shooting 57.8% (37-64) From the field and finished with 47 rebounds and 22 assists.
The Ephs next game will be against Trinity College on Friday, Jan 26th at 7 p.m.