Campus Viewing: WATCH Sweet 16 NCAA Men's Hoops
Friday 5:30 PM in Wege Aud.; an Eph win puts Elite 8
game in Bronfman Auditorium Saturday at 7:00 PM
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The Williams College men's basketball team has made Virginia its home away from home in the Mike Maker era.
Now the Ephs are hoping their next trip makes a quick return to the Cavalier state necessary.
The Ephs (25-4) will hit the road Thursday in preparation to battle Albertus Magnus (28-2) in the Sweet 16 Round of the NCAA Tournament. This is the fourth time in five seasons the Ephs have reached at least the Round of 16, but the first time it has hit the road for that round.
The 5:30 p.m. game Friday will be played at Mary Washington. Virginia Wesleyan (24-6) will face the host Eagles (24-5) in the other game at 8 p.m. and the two winners will meet Saturday at 7 with a berth to the Final Four on the line.
"Our team is very excited about advancing to the Sweet 16 and going back to the Commonwealth of Virginia," Ephs' head coach Mike Maker said. "We're looking forward to the challenge of playing on the road against a very good team and, as always,we're going to do everything in our power to make everyone associated with Williams proud of our effort."
If you're going, you can purchase tickets on-line HERE. Seating for the all-session general admission ticket (both games on Friday) is $7 and senior/student/children (age 6+) is $4 each. Saturday will require a separate ticket. Those who purchase tickets online will able to pick up their tickets on Friday at the Will Call window. Those purchasing tickets in person on Friday must pay with cash.
The Falcons' 28 wins this season tie the program's record in wins in a single-season. Senior Darius Watson, junior Victor Ljuljdjuraj and junior Eian Daviswere named to the 2014 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) First Team, while Watson and Ljuljdjuraj earned Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively.
"They're scary," Maker said. "There is nothing better than the NCAA Tournament. The more times I watch tape of Albertus Magnus ... they are extremely talented, very athletic, quick and they play exceptionally hard. They have a high-octane offense and a pressure defense. It will be a stiff challenge for us and we'll need to be at our best if we have any aspirations of moving on."
Davis leads the Falcons with 21.9 points per game and grabs 4.9 rebounds per contest. Ljuljdjuraj scores 16.2 ppg. and a team-high 10.9 rebounds. Davis averages 15.2 ppg. All three players are shooting better than 50 percent from the floor and Davis is shooting 44.6 percent from the three.
The Ephs are led by First Team All-NESCAC senior Michael Mayer, senior Taylor Epley, junior Daniel Wohl and first-year Duncan Robinson, who was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year as well as a Second Team All-NESCAC selection.
Mayer is averaging 18 points per game and 8.5 rebunds per contest while shooting over 54 percent from the floor. Robinson is averaging 16.4 ppg. and 6.8 rebounds while also shooting over 54 percent from the floor and 46.5 percent from the three. Epley is averaging 13.3 points per game and Wohl 13.2.