FREDERICKSBURG, VA – A 58-point first half lifted the Williams College Ephs (26-4) over the Albertus Magnus College Falcons (28-3) by a score of 110-92 in their Round of Sixteen game.
After giving up a quick couple of buckets to start the game, the Ephs took the lead with a layup by Michael Mayer two and a half minutes into the half and never looked back. The Falcons kept the game within five for the next several minutes, but their serious shooting woes prevented them from mounting a serious challenge to the growing Williams lead: Albertus Magnus only managed to shoot 36% from the field in the first half, while Williams shot an impressive 66%.
A three ball by Duncan Robinson followed by a put back by Michael Mayer put the Ephs up by double digits with 11:01 to go in the half. The Falcons were hampered by foul trouble; five Falcons players had 2 or more fouls in the half, and they couldn't get anything going in the face of the Eph onslaught. Williams never stopped increasing their lead, with the score at halftime 58-42.
Falcon Eian Davis led all scorers in the half with 13 points. Duncan Robinson led the Ephs with 13 points also, and Michael Mayer was only one rebound shy of a double-double in the first half alone, with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Albertus Magnus was able to bring the game within twelve after Eian Davis scored five consecutive points at the 15-minute mark. Williams stopped the incipient run, but the Falcons were able to hold the margin there for several minutes.
A three-pointer followed by a drive to the hoop by Darius Watson cut the Williams lead to 7 and forced a Williams timeout with 7:42 remaining in regulation. However, out of the timeout, Williams responded with a 12-0 run over the next three minutes, firmly reestablishing their hold on the game. There was not a serious challenge to the Eph lead again, especially since James Jennings and Victor Ljuljdjuraj both fouled out, and the game ended with a score of 110-92
Eian Davis led all scorers with 30 points for the Falcons, while Michael Mayer completed his double-double, notching a team-high 27 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. The Ephs shot 57% from the field on the game, while Albertus Magnus shot 46%. Williams attempted 56 free throws in the game and made 46 of them, while Albertus Magnus only made 11 of their attempts from the stripe.
Check back later for comments on the game from Eph head coach Mike Maker.
Williams will play host Mary Washington on Saturday at 7:00 in an Elite Eight contest.