WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Mike Maker's Williams men's basketball team (22-3) will face Middlebury (17-8) in the second game of the NESCAC Tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon at Amherst College.
The Ephs and Middlebury will tangle at 4:00 PM in Amherst's LeFrak Gym, after the Lord Jeffs of Amherst (22-3) and the Bantams of Trinity College (15-10) have finished their game that is scheduled for a 1:00 PM start.
In the regular season matchup at Middlebury on Jan. 31 Eph guard Dan Wohl scored on a layup with 10:11 to play in the first half to tie the game at 18. From that point on in the first half was pretty much all Middlebury as the Panthers out scored the Ephs 23-7 and led 41-25 at the break.
Middlebury scored the first basket of the second half, but then the Williams offense started to click. Trialing by 18 with 19:30 to play the Ephs started to find their stroke from the three-point arc and the free throw line. When Mike Mayer drained two free throws with 39 seconds to go the Ephs had their first lead (62-61) since Mayer converted a layup 12 seconds into the contest.
Two more free throws by Dan Wohl with eight seconds left provided the final score of 64-61. Taylor Epley led the Ephs with 19 points, connecting on 5 of 9 from three. Dylan Sinnickson led Middlebury with 16 points, making 4 of 7 from three-point land.
Williams owns a commanding lead in the all-time series with the Panthers, 80-25, but in the last 13 games the Ephs are 7-6 versus Middlebury.
Since the Jan. 31 game at Middlebury the Panthers have compiled a record of 5-2, while Williams has won all 6 of its games and is in the midst of a 9-gam.
In NESCAC tourney action the Ephs and Pathers have splt six games 3-3.
The winners of Saturday's semifinals will meet in Amherst at 12:00 PM for the NESCAC Tournament title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Ticket prices for Saturday and Sunday are $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.