Men’s Hoops Jumps 8 Spots to #10 in D3hoops.com Poll

Eph coaches (l. to r.): Asst. Scott Day, Head Coach Mike Maker, Asst. Derek Johnston & sr. James Klemm
Eph coaches (l. to r.): Asst. Scott Day, Head Coach Mike Maker, Asst. Derek Johnston & sr. James Klemm

When the 2012-13 basketball season began Mike Maker's Williams College Ephs were not ranked. The Ephs were the 15th team listed under the category of others receiving votes. This week the Ephs have not only remained in the D3hoops.com top 25 poll they have vaulted from #18 to #10.

Maker's Ephs are 15-1 on the year and 4-0 in NESCAC, after fashioning a 10-game win streak since losing their only contest back on December 1. Of the 10 straight wins seven have come on the road. Williams will play two more away games before they next play at home.

Last night against Lyndon State the Ephs collected a 90-59 victory on the road behind 24 points from junior forward Taylor Epley, 15 from junior center Mike Mayer and 14 from senior forward James Klemm. Senior guard Nate Robertson chipped in seven points, seven assists and registered two steals while directing the Eph attack.

The Ephs are getting the job done on both ends of the court, leading NESCAC in field goal shooting percentage at .522 and holding their opponents to just 36% from the field. Williams is also tops in NESCAC in free throw shooting (.776).

Mike Mayer leads NESCAC in rebounding with 8.6 a game and he is fourth in scoring at 16.5 ppg. Taylor Epley, the Ephs' leading scorer, is currently second in NESCAC scoring with 20.1 ppg.

Nate Robertson leads NESCAC in steals with 2.13 a game and ranks second in assists (5.13).

Next up for the Ephs is a NESCAC game at Hamilton on Sunday at 2:00 PM, which will be followed by a Wednesday night road matchup with archrival and nationally ranked Amherst on January 23.

The game in Amherst will count in the regular season record and in Little Three play, but it is not the NESCAC game. The NESCAC game versus Amherst will be played in Williamstown on February 8th.

The Ephs will next play in Chandler Gym on January 26 when they host nationally ranked Middlebury in a 2:00 PM contest.

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