Williams beats Connecticut College, 98-90

Mike Mayer '14
Mike Mayer '14

NEW LONDON, CT – The visiting Williams College Ephs (20-3, 8-1) defeated the Connecticut College Camels (9-13, 2-7) 98-90 this evening, in an offense-dominated NESCAC game.

Both teams exploded offensively right from the tip-off. Alex Hall hit a three from the left side on Connecticut College's first possession, but the Ephs responded with a pair layups from Michael Mayer.

The teams battled over the next few minutes in a flurry of offense, featuring impressive play by Eph Mike Mayer, who had 8 of the Ephs first 11, and Camel Matt Vadas, who had 14 of their first 19 points. Vadas nailed three consecutive treys to give Connecticut an early 19-13 lead 5 minutes into the game.

This lead, hovering around 8, held for the Camels until Eph Duncan Robinson hit a fadeaway jumper in the paint and then grabbed a steal on the next possession, setting up a Mike Freeman three-pointer. That cut the lead to five, 27-22, and forced a timeout with 10:27 remaining.

Out of the timeout, Camel Matt Vadas got a put back to break the Ephs' momentum, and the Connecticut College lead remained steady around 7 for the next few minutes. However, the Ephs cut the lead to 3 with a fast break dunk by Duncan Robinson and a trey by Taylor Epley, forcing another Camel timeout with 7:15 remaining.

This timeout did nothing to faze the Ephs, and a three-pointer from Robinson on the Ephs' first possession tied the game up at 33. Strong play from Robinson helped build a Williams lead over the remaining several minutes, closing the half up by 7, 49-42.

Connecticut College G Matt Vadas led all scorers with 20 points in the first half, in the process becoming Connecticut College's all-time leading scorer. Duncan Robinson led the Ephs with 18 points, including 12 points in the last five minutes.

Coming out of halftime, the Ephs solidified and slowly built their lead, taking advantage of strong inside play by Mike Mayer. But the Camels were not to be easily dominated. 4 minutes into the half, 9 straight points by their leading scorer Vadas, including two consecutive three-pointers, cut the lead to just one point. However, Eph G Daniel Wohl broke the Camels' momentum with a pair of driving layups, giving the Ephs some breathing room with a score of 64-59 six minutes into the half .

The margin remained steady until Camel Jethro Anilus hit two consecutive treys to put the Camels up by one, but the Ephs recovered from the scare with layups by Ephs Mike Mayer and Daniel Wohl, putting them back up by 5 with 10 minutes remaining.

Williams remained firmly in control for the remainder of the game, including a 13-1 run from 7:15 to 3:11, and the game ended with a score of 98-90.

Matt Vadas led all scorers with a remarkable 39-point game for the Camels, while Mike Mayer led the Ephs in scoring with 30.  In addition, Ephs Duncan Robinson and Daniel Wohl both scored over 20 points. Williams shot an outstanding 64% from the field, while Connecticut shot 50%, and both teams shot an impressive 62% from three.

After the game, Eph head coach Mike Maker said, "Anytime you can win on the road, especially in this league, it's a good thing. We played beautifully on the offensive end, and we are continuing to get better and better in our zone defense…We certainly had guys stand out, Duncan [Robinson], Michael Mayer, Daniel Wohl, but it was really a team effort; we've got great team chemistry."

 In the final game of the regular season, Williams will travel to Middletown to face Wesleyan in a Little Three contest on Saturday, while Connecticut College will host Hamilton on Saturday.

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