Ephs roll to sixth straight victory, 102-56

Troy Whittington '11
Troy Whittington '11

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Ephs rolled to their sixth straight victory as they beat College of St. Joseph 102-56.  With the win, the Ephs move to 6-0 on the year; College of St. Joseph falls to 2-5 on the year.

The Ephs started the game on a 13-2 run and never looked back. The highlight of the half for Eph fans was a dunk by Troy Whittington with just over 10:30 to play.  James Wang dribbled directly into the defense and dished the ball to Whittington who dunked with both hands from the right side of the basket.  After the Ephs opened their lead, the Saints managed to pull within 12.  The Ephs responded, however, with a three from downtown from Wang and a second three from James Klemm from the left corner.  Klemm had four threes in the first half.

For the Saints, the defensive highlight of the half was a block by Raheim Smalls with 4:26 to play.  Just over a minute later, Smalls came up with a steal and took the ball the length of the court to finish the layup.  The real power behind the Saints' offense, however, was Dane Jobst.  Jobst came off the bench and was instant production for the Saints as he scored 13 points in the first half. 

In the second half, the Ephs continued to extend their lead.  Ten Eph players scored in the half (and all twelve who played scored in the game).  Particularly productive for the Ephs was first-year Michael Mayer who scored nine straight points for the Ephs in just over three and a half minutes.  Coach Mike Maker commented on Mayer's night after the game: "I'm proud of all of our first-year players.  Michael, in particular, is a skilled basketball player for his size.  He has great instincts.  We're confident he'll have a wonderful career here at Williams." For the Saints, the charge continued to be led by Jobst who added another eight points in the half.  Brendan Rios also added seven points for St. Joseph.

The Ephs were without guard Nate Robertson for the second game in a row tonight due to an injury.  Said Coach Maker after the game about his team's ability to win without their starting point guard in the lineup: "We have four core returning players that played meaningful minutes last year.  One is Nate.  We've responded very well without our best decision-maker.  As disappointed as we are for Nate, [his injury] creates opportunities for others, and they have responded favorably.  This has been an opportunity for growth for [in particular] Hayden Rooke-Ley, Jordan Mickens, and Taylor Epley, and they've taken advantage of it."

 

Whittington led the Ephs with 19 points. Klemm and Wang each added 17 of their own. First-year Epley was the only other Eph in double digits with 10.  Williams shot 48.7% from the field. The Ephs shot 92.9% from the free throw line.

Jobst had a double double for the Saints tonight with 21 points and 10 rebounds.  No one else was in double digits for the Saints.  St. Joseph shot just 32.4% from the field and 46.7% from the free throw line on the night.

Coach Maker was happy with his team's efforts this evening: "Everybody played meaningful minutes tonight.  Everyone that played scored.  It was a team effort.   It's a learning experience for us.  Hopefully [tonight's] minutes will pay dividends down the road for us." The Ephs look to continue their winning-streak at Vassar on Saturday.  Game time is 7:00.

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