Friday, March 7
Saturday, March 8
Gordon 76, Babson 68
Williams 81, Mitchell 66
Williams 81, Gordon 63
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College men's basketball team will begin its quest for a national championship when it hosts first and second round games of the 2014 NCAA Div. III Tournament Friday and Saturday in Chandler Gymnasium.
Tickets will cost $6 for adults, $3 students and seniors.
The Friday schedule looks likes this: At 6 p.m., Gordon and Babson tip-off. At 8 p.m., Mitchell takes on the host Ephs. The two Friday winners will meet Saturday at 7 p.m. to earn a berth in the Sweet 16.
Here's a closer look at the teams:
The host Ephs are making their 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and their fourth appearance in the last five years. In 2013, the Ephs advanced to the national quarterfinals in Salem, Va., but lost to then No. 1 ranked St. Thomas.
The Ephs are led by senior captain Michael Mayer and first year Duncan Robinson. Mayer was named First Team All-NESCAC earlier this week, the second year in a row he was accorded such an honor. Mayer leads all NESCAC post players with 17.9 points per game, while his 8.0 rebounds per game and 53.8 field goal percentage are good for sixth and ninth, respectively.
Robinson became the first freshman to be named All-NESCAC since the 2000-2001 season and the first Eph to be named NESCAC Rookie fo the Year since Michael Crotty in 2001. Robinson averages 16.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in his first collegiate season. He shot 55.1 percent from the floor, 47.0 percent from three-point range and 88.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Mitchell earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship by winning the New England Collegiate Conference Championship. The second-seeded Mariners defeated top-seeded Elms by a 72-71 final in the title game to secure the league's automatic bid.
Senior forward Joshua Ford was a repeat selection as the NECC Player of the Year and earned all-conference first team status for the third straight season. Junior forward Parris Hill was named to the all-conference second team while head coach Todd Peretz was named NECC Coach of the Year.
Ford led the league in scoring, rebounding and double-doubles and also ranked among the top 10 in field goal percentage (3rd), assists (7th), blocks (T-7th) and free throw percentage (9th). The senior averaged 21.9 points and 12.5 rebounds in league play and posted a double-double in 14 of 16 NECC contests. His 22 regular season double-doubles led all of Division III, and he also ranked sixth in the country in rebounding and 10th in scoring.
Hill shined in conference play, averaging 20.0 points and 10.4 rebounds over 14 league games. He led the NECC in blocks (31) and ranked second behind Ford in scoring and third in rebounding, and he recorded eight of his 10 double-doubles in NECC play.
The Fighting Scots come into this weekend's NCAA Regional matchup off an exciting comeback win that claimed the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship.
In the final game Gordon overcame a 17-point second-half deficit to defeat top-seeded Nichols College. The Fighting Scots were led by junior Hans Miersma who shot 70 percent on the weekend with 15 points, two rebounds, and two blocks in the championship game.
Miersma was named CCC Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Senior Guard Alex Carnes was named second team all CCC and classmate Park Thomas was a third team selection. Gordon is making its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2010 and third all time. They are 0-2 in tournament play all time.
Babson and Gordon will meet for the 61st time on Friday night in a series that dates back to 1931. The teams have only met twice (2011 and 2012) since 1991, with the Beavers winning both of those games.
The Beavers enter this weekend's NCAA Regional Tournament contest after a hard fought overtime loss to conference foe Springfield in the NEWMAC semifinal.
Junior John Wickey led the team with 17 points in the loss and first-year Joey Flannery posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Flannery was named NEWMAC Athlete and Rookie of the Year after scoring more points than any first-year in program history. He was joined on the All-NEWMAC first team by Wickey and senior Kenny Ross was named to the second team.
Beavers' Coach Stephen Brennen was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year. Ross leads the nation with a 5.14 assist-to-turnover ratio. Babson is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004 and is 2-5 all-time in the championship.