WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Mike Maker's Williams college men's basketball team (21-3/ 9-1 NESCAC) has been seeded second in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament.
Williams will host seventh seeded Tufts Saturday at 3:00 PM in Chandler Gym.
Second-seeded Williams (21-3, 9-1 NESCAC) will be in pursuit of its fifth overall NESCAC title and first since 2010 when tournament play begins on Saturday. The Ephs, who have played in six final games, have dropped just three contests this season, with two coming at the hands of Amherst.
Williams' post-season journey begins with a quarterfinal matchup against seventh-seeded Tufts (13-11, 4-6 NESCAC). The Jumbos sealed their spot in the championship with back-to-back wins over Colby and Bowdoin in the final weekend.
Last season, Tufts advanced to the semifinal round for the first time since 2006 after defeating Bowdoin, 82-71, in the quarterfinals. The Jumbos' lone final appearance came in 2006 where they fell to Amherst, 94-86 in overtime.
Williams holds a 3-1 mark against the Jumbos in conference playoff action, but the teams have not squared off since a 2007 quarterfinal where the Ephs prevailed, 84-72.
During the regular season, Williams defeated Tufts, 93-70, in Williamstown on Feb. 8. The win over Tufts was win number six in the Ephs' current 8-game win streak. Freshman forward Duncan Robinson led the Ephs in the Feb. 8 contest recording a double double, scoring a game high 25 points and snaring 10 rebounds. The Ephs also received 23 points from senior center Mike Mayer and 13 from junior guard Dan Wohl.
The Jumbos were led in scoring by a pair of sophomore guards. Kwame Firempong tallied 23 points and Stephen Haladyna 20. Tufts is 5-3 in their last eight games, but will come to Chandler Gym with a 2-game win streak after downing Colby and Bowdoin at home over the weekend.
The Ephs held the Jumbos to just 34.6% shooting from the floor, while converting on 53.1% of their own field goal attempts.
NESCAC Men's Basketball Final Standings
1. Amherst (9-1) *
2. Williams (9-1) *
3. Middlebury (6-4) #
4. Bowdoin (6-4) # 5. Trinity (5-5) +
6. Hamilton (5-5) +
7. Tufts (4-6) ^
8. Colby (4-6) ^
9. Wesleyan (4-6) ^
10. Connecticut College (2-8)
11. Bates (1-9)
* Amherst and Williams both finished with 9-1 records. In head-to-head competition, Amherst defeated Williams to earn the first seed. # Middlebury and Bowdoin both finished with 6-4 records. In head-to-head competition, Middlebury defeated Bowdoin to earn the third seed. + Trinity and Hamilton both finished with 5-5 records. In head-to-head competition, Trinity defeated Hamilton to earn the fifth seed. ^ Tufts, Colby, and Wesleyan all finished with 4-6 records. In head-to-head competition, all teams are 1-1. Against the top four teams (Amherst, Williams, Middlebury, Bowdoin), Colby and Tufts are 1-3 and Wesleyan is 0-4. In head-to-head competition, Tufts defeated Colby to earn the seventh seed. Colby earned the eighth seed.
2014 NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship
Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 22 (at Higher Seeds)
No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Amherst – 4:00 pm
No. 7 Tufts at No. 2 Williams – 3:00 pm
No. 6 Hamilton at No. 3 Middlebury – 1:00 pm
No. 5 Trinity at No. 4 Bowdoin – 4:00 pm
Semifinals – Saturday, March 1 (at Highest Remaining Seed) 2:00 pm | 4:00 pm
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Championship – Sunday, March 2 - 12:00 pm