Ephs top Washington & Lee, 60-58, in Holiday Tournament championship

Ephs top Washington & Lee, 60-58, in Holiday Tournament championship

LEXINGTON, VA. -- Senior Taylor Epley and first year Duncan Robinson each scored all 11 of their points in the second half Monday to rally the No. 5 Williams College men's basketball team past host Washington & Lee in the championship game of the Washington & Lee Holiday Tournament.

Williams improved to 9-1 on the season while the Generals slipped to 4-6. The Ephs will play at Hampden-Sydney Thursday in a 7 p.m. match-up.

Williams senior Michael Mayer blocked the shot of first year General Andy Kleinlein at the buzzer to preserve the victory. The Ephs trailed by four at halftime and by as many as six before a late spurt pushed them to the win. Junior Hayden Rooke-Ley led Williams with 13 points, followed by Mayer's 12 and Epley and Robinson's 11 each.

Drew Kimberly netted a game-high 16 points for Washington & Lee. Kleinlein added 11.

Epley's three-pointer from the top of the key with 4:10 remaining in the game gave Williams a 51-49 lead. After Andrew Franz, who the Ephs held to 1 of 13 shooting from the floor in the contest, missed a lay-up, Mayer grabbed the defensive board and hit one of two freebies for a three-point Eph lead.

Kimberly then drove into the paint for a lay-in to make it a one-point game again. Daniel Wohl missed two free throw attempts, setting up Franz's chance to give the hosts the lead back, but his three-pointer was off target. On the ensuing Ephs' possession, Wohl found Rooke-Ley unguarded in the right corner and he swished home a triple that gave the Ephs a 55-51 lead with 1:48 remaining.

A pair of Robinson free throws stretched that lead to six before Kleinlein and Jim Etling drained treys in the final minute to cut the Ephs down to one. Eph senior Matt McCreary hit 2 of 4 free throws  in the final 25 seconds, and Mayer's block finally put an end to the contest.

The Ephs struggled shooting the ball for much of the contest, scoring just nine points in the final 15:18 of the first half to watch a 13-2 lead morph into a 26-22 halftime deficit. Williams went 1 for 9 from the floor to close the half.

Williams did out rebound its hosts by a 41-35 margin. Wohl added seven points and eight rebounds, while Mayer added eight boards to his 12 points and Robinson a team-high nine to his 11 points. Robinson also had four blocks and Rooke-Ley four assists.

The Ephs held Washington & Lee to 36.5 percent shooting from the floor (23 of 63).

Hayden Rooke-Ley was named the tourney MVP and first year forward Duncan Robinson was named to the All-Tournament team.

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