Poughkeepsie, NY -- The Ephs (7-0) opened the game on a 12-0 run today and never looked back as they defeated Vassar (1-5) 92-42. Powered by two threes from James Klemm, the Ephs took the early lead and continued to extend it. Caleb McGraw tried to rally the Brewers with 11 of their first 13 points, but the Ephs were overpowering on offense and defense. As Vassar pulled within 15 following a McGraw three, the Ephs responded with a three of their own from first-year Hayden Rooke-Ley with about eight minutes to play. Once again, the three ball was the key to the Ephs' first-half offense: along with Klemm's two threes, Rooke-Ley added a second one, Jordan Mickens added two of his own, and James Wang added another two from downtown for the Ephs. Behind their eight 3-pointers, the Ephs went into the locker room with the 46-22 lead.
The Ephs' second half looked much like the first. They continued to extend their lead. Although their lead stayed around 25 points or so for the majority of the half, they ended the half with a 19-4 run in the final five minutes. During the run, the Ephs got threes from Parker McLelland, John Weinheimer, and Michael Mayer. Weinheimer and McLelland both finished at the hoop during the run as well, and Sean Hoffman added a hoop of his own.
Wang led the way for the Ephs tonight with 16 points. First-year Mayer had 15 points of his own, the most scored by a first-year this season. Troy Whittington, Klemm, and Rooke-Ley were also all in double digits this evening as well with 12, 11, and 10 points respectively. Rooke-Ley also led the team in rebounds with eight. All thirteen Ephs played this evening. The team shot 47% from the field.
Coach Mike Maker commented on his team's effiorts after the game, "All thirteen players played double digit minutes [tonight]. There were five players in double figures. We got a lot of minutes that people needed for growth individually. We matured as a basketball team today. In particular, the first-year class continues to get better and better. We'll need their contributions as the year progresses."
McGraw led the Brewers with 16 points. No one else was in double digits for Vassar, but Sam Rappaport did add 9 points of his own. The Ephs held the Brewers to 24% from the field. Coach Maker has preached defense all year, and tonight the Ephs stepped up on the defensive end again. Said Coach Maker after the game, "We're continuing to take a lot of pride in being able to impose our will on the defensive end of the floor. When we defend and rebalance, it allows us to play the style we want, which is up-tempo. We can play in the 80's and 90's, which is where we want it."
The Ephs will play Hamilton home on Tuesday at 7:30. Said Coach Maker looking ahead, "This was our fourth game in seven days… We have a much needed day off tomorrow in preparation for a very good Hamilton team on Tuesday at home." It is their final home game until their return in January.