Ephs topple Luther College in OT, 78-72

THOUSAND OAKS, CA -- Williams College junior Taylor Epley sank a tie-breaking three-pointer in the first minute of overtime Saturday helping the Williams College men's basketball team to a 78-72 win over Luther College in the opening round of the 2012 Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Tournament hosted by Cal Lutheran.

Epley finished with a game-high 26 points for the Ephs, who improved to 9-1 on the season. Senior James Klemm added 17 points and junior Michael Mayer poured in 14. Luther fell to 6-4 on the year.

Williams will face host Cal Lutheran Sunday at 11 p.m. EST in the chmpionship game of the tournament.

A red-hot first half saw the Ephs, up by 14 at one point, go into the locker room at half winning 40-34.  Luther knotted things up at 42-42 early in the second stanza and the teams were never separated by more than seven points throughout the remaining 17:30. That lead for Williams came with just over five minutes in regulation but the Norse chipped away and battled back to a 66-66 tie forcing overtime.

The extra frame belonged to the Ephs who doubled up Luther 12-6 for the win. Epley was the leading scorer with 26 points on 8-for-12 shooting for Williams. Klemm knocked down 5-for-9 from the three-point line and was the only one on his team to be perfect at the line, going 2-for-2. Nate Robertson dished out a game high seven assists for Williams, chipping in with eight points as well. Williams combined to shoot 52.1 percent from the floor, going 45.0 percent from behind the arc while converting 76 percent of their free-throws.

For Luther, Tyler Wedemeier had a stellar double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, grabbing three of the nine Norse steals and recording three blocks to lead all players. Cale Austin scored 11 points and John Androus and Zach Matos finished with 10 apiece. Overall, LC was 40.6 percent from the field and nearly an identical 40.7 percent from long range.

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