Ephs move up to 4th from 5th in D3Hoops.com national poll

Nate Robertson '13
Nate Robertson '13

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA  -- Mike Maker's Williams men's basketball team 19-1/5-0 NESCAC) is tied for first place in NESCAC with archrival Amherst and has moved up to 4th from 5tgh in the D3Hoops.com national poll. Amherst is ranked 5th.

The Ephs downed previously undefeated Middlebury 69-64 on Saturday behind Troy Whittington's double-double, 15 points and 11 rebounds, and defeated Skidmore 84-61. Middlebury had entered the game ranked 4th nationally, but the Panthers have now slipped to 8th.

Against Skidmore Whittington also recorded a double-double (28 points, 10 rebounds) in just 19 minutes. Whittington was named Co-NESCAC Player of the Week for his efforts.

The Ephs are the highest ranked team in the nation with one loss and are riding a 6-game win streak. In the six wins the most points scored against Williams was by Middlebury on Saturday (64).

Of the four regular season games remaining on the Eph schedule two are home and two are away. The two away contests will be this Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Bowdoin (12-5/2-3 NESCAC) and Saturday afternoon (2:00 p.m.) at Colby (9-10/1-4 NESCAC). The two home contests will be against Trinity on February 11th at 6:00 p.m. and February 12 at 2:00 p.m. versus Amherst.

Junior guard James Wang leads the Ephs in scoring  (17.5) by a slight margin over Whittington who is netting 17.3. Whittington leads in field goal percentage .719, blocks (29) and rebounds (151/9.4).

Wang also tops the Eph team in assists (80) minutes played (30.7) and is tied with sophomore guard Nate Robertson for the lead in steals (22).                                                                              

The D3hoops.com Top 25 for NCAA Division III

#   School (1st votes)      Rec   Pts  Prev.

1   Wooster (20)               19-0   620    1

2   Whitworth (3)              19-0   589    2

3   Augustana (2)             19-0   573    3

4   Williams                      19-1   540    5

5   Amherst                      18-0   509    6

6   Virginia Wesleyan         18-1   489    7

7   St. Thomas                  17-1   471    8

8   Middlebury                   16-1   467    4

9   UW-River Falls              18-2   443   10

10  UW-Stevens Point        17-3   400   12

11  Randolph-Macon          17-3   352    9

12  St. Norbert                  15-3   341   13

13  WPI                            17-3   314   14

14  Western Connecticut    17-2   305   15

15  Wabash                      16-3   290   11

16  St. Mary's (Md.)          15-4   236   16

17  Centre                        15-3   190   17

18  Eastern Mennonite       14-4   171   18

19  Ferrum                       18-2   150   19

20  Marietta                     17-2   123   23

21  Chapman                   17-3   119   21

22  Franklin and Marshall  15-4   112   22

23  Ramapo                     16-4    81   25

24  Illinois Wesleyan         14-5    71   20

25  Wittenberg                 14-5    29   --

 

Dropped out: No. 24 Lewis and Clark

Others receiving votes: Rochester 24, Becker 20, Ithaca 20, Anderson 19, Concordia (Wis.) 11, Lewis and Clark 8, Manchester 8, Mary Hardin-Baylor 8, Emory 7, North Carolina Wesleyan 3, Penn State-Behrend 3, Hope 2, Oswego State 2, Elizabethtown 1, Randolph 1.

The D3hoops.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly.

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