MEDFORD, MA -- The Ephs continued to shine today at Tufts where they played their second league game in two days. The Ephs (15-1, 2-0 NESCAC) defeated the Jumbos (6-8, 0-2 NESCAC) 71-52.
With a 16-16 score, Coach Mike Maker decided it was time to call a timeout with 9:20 to play in the first half. Out of the break, the players put Coach Maker's words to work as they went on a 16-2 run. The run was led by a pair of threes from James Wang and Taylor Epley and a trio of dunks – two from Troy Whittington and the third from Epley. The Jumbos were able to cut the 14-point lead to nine before the half was out, and the two teams entered the locker room with a 34-25 score.
The start of the second half caused the Ephs a fright as Tufts cut the lead to five behind a pair of free throws from Amauris Quezada and a layup from Alex Orchowski. The Ephs did not panic, however, and were able to push their lead back to as many as 21 before the game was out.
Whittington, in his second game back since an injury sidelined him for four games, led the Ephs today with 15 points. He went 7-for-8 from the field. James Klemm added another 13 points for the Ephs and first-year Epley rounded out the double digits club with 10. As a team, the Ephs shot 51.8% from the field.
Said Coach Maker about having someone other than Wang – who leads the team with 18.6 points per game – lead the team in scoring today, "We have guys that can score the ball. James contributes in so many ways other than scoring. Other guys stepped up; we had balanced scoring today. You're tougher to guard if you have balanced scoring."
Orchowski was the only one in double digits for Tufts with 15 points. Tufts shot just 33.9% on the day.
The Ephs will return to Williams for the first time in just over two weeks on Friday against Connecticut College. Said Coach Maker about the key to the next few days, "We've got to get some rest. These were two hard-fought games against physical teams. We'll be happy to be back at home and hopefully get a good turnout from our community and student body." Tip-off is 6:00.