2014 National Semifinals
Williams vs. Amherst
Friday, March 21, 2014
Salem [VA] Civic Center
The winner of the Williams – Amherst game will play the winner of the 6:00 PM contest between Illinois Wesleyan and Wisconsin-Whitewaterfor the NCAA Championship Saturday at 5:30 PM.
The championship game will air only on the CBS Sports Network,which is a channel that can be accessed by cable
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The championship game will NOT be available online.
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WILLIAMS (27-4) VS. AMHERST (27-3): This will be the 214th meeting between the archrivals.
All-time the Williams leads the series vs. Amherst that began in 1901, 117-96. Amherst is the defending national champion.
All four teams in Salem this year have won at least one NCAA title in the Salem Civic Center.
While the Williams-Amherst basketball rivalry began in 1901 the true rivalry began in 1821 when then Williams President Zephaniah Swift Moore resigned and headed east into the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, where he founded Amherst Academy, which later became Amherst College.
Amherst 84 Williams 73 in Amherst, MA
Amherst 82 Williams 70 in Williamstown, MA
Amherst 93 Wiliams 82 in Amherst, MA (NESCAC Championships)
The Ephs are 4-0 all-time vs. the Amherst Lord Jeffs in the NCAA Tournament, claiming wins in 1997, 2003, 2004 & 2011.
The 2004 win came in the national semifinals and was played in the Salem Civic Center. Williams outlasted Amherst, 86-81, on March 19.
THE EPHS IN SALEM: The Ephs are making their seventh appearance in the Final Four in Salem.
2014 marks the eighth trip to Salem for the Ephs as last year the national quarterfinals were played in Salem. Eph head coach Mike Maker has guided the Ephs to four Salem appearances in the last five years.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) did not permit its members to participate in NCAA post-season tournaments until 1993-94.
The Ephs enter with a four-game win streak and for the first time in the Mike Maker era they had to go on the road prior to Salem in NCAA Tournament games. The Ephs are now 5-0 in the Commonwealth of Virginia this season having defeated Washington College at Washington & Lee, Washington & Lee, Hampden-Sydney, Albertus Magnus (NCAA) and Mary Washington (NCAA).
Amherst is the defending national champion and the Lord Jeffs enter riding an 11-game win streak. Senior guard Aaron Toomey leads the Lord Jeffs in scoring with 20.5 points per game, followed by Connor Green (17.6), Tom Killian (15.0), and David Kalema (12.7). The fifth starter is freshman center David George who has started 22 games filling in for the injured Ben Pollack. George is averaging 6.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, and has 82 blocks this season.
Williams head coach Mike Maker is now tied with Harry Sheehy '75 for most NCAA Tournament wins as a head coach at Williams with 15. Maker's 15 wins came in just four appearances, while Sheehy's teams played in six tourneys. Maker sports an impressive 15-3 (.833) in NCAA Tourney contests.
Williams' senior center and captain Mike Mayer was named First Team All-NESCAC, First Team D3Hoops.com All-Northeast Region and First Team All-Northeast District by the NABC for the second consecutive year. Mayer was also a pre-season All-America selection. Mayer averages 18.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
Mayer has 8 double doubles this season including one in each of the four NCAA Tournament games. He is averaging 19.7 points and 14.5 rebounds in this year's NCAA Tourney.
All-time at Williams Mayer ranks 10th in points (1,424) and 6th in rebounds (697).
Eph freshman forward Duncan Robinson was named Second Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC Rookie of the Year and Third Team D3Hoops.com All-Northeast Region. Robinson leads the Ephs in points scored with 501 and he is the first Eph freshman to tally 500 points in a season. Robinson averages 18.9 points and 6.7 rebounds a game.
Robinson leads the Ephs in minutes played (1,036), 3-point % among players with 2 made per game (44.6), blocks (36), steals (35) and is tied for team high in 3-pointers made (75) with Taylor Epley.
Duncan Robinson's AAU coach with the Middlesex Magic was Mike Crotty '04, point guard on the Eph NCAA Champions in 2003. Crotty was the first Eph named NESCAC Rookie of the Year (2001).
Senior forward and captain Taylor Epley has tallied 1,433 points in his career and he has 394 points (13.6) this season. Epley and Duncan Robinson are tied for team-high in 3-pointers made with 75.
All-time at Williams, Epley ranks 9th in points.
Senior guard Hayden Rooke-Ley missed 9 games this season due to injury, but is back to health and is averaging 11.1 points a game.
Taylor Epley and Hayden Rooke-Ley have played previously in the Salem Civic Center in the national semifinals as each appeared in the contest versus Wooster that Wooster won 73-71 in 2011. Mike Mayer and John Weinheimer were on the Eph team, but did not play in that contest.
6' 6" junior guard Dan Wohl leads the Ephs in assists with 93. He also averages 13 points a game and is a top defender with 22 blocks and 32 steals.
Junior center Ryan Kilcullen, a two-year member of the squad, backs up Mike Mayer at center and provides a different look as he hits 46.7% (28-59) of his 3-point shots. Kilcullen transferred in as a sophomore from Boston College, where he was a walk-on his freshman year.
Freshman guard Mike Greenman is one of just four Ephs to play in all 31 games to date, joining senior John Weinheimer, and juniors Dan Wohl and Ryan Kilcullen.
Greenman has great composure while handling the ball against pressure and he has developed into a 3-point threat as he showed in the win over Gordon hitting 3 straight 3s to erase a 7-point halftime deficit on the Ephs' first three possessions of the second half. Greenman is hitting on 40.7% (33-81) of his 3s.
In 97 minutes in four NCAA Tourney games Greenman has registered 8 assists, while committing just 3 turnovers.
EPH TEAM NOTES:
In the win 110-92 over Albertus Magnus the Ephs scored 46 points from the charity stripe (46-56 .821), breaking the previous NCAA DIII record of 43 free throws made in an NCAA Tournament game by Capital in 1982 and SUNY Potsdam in 1986.
The Ephs have made more free throws (559) than their opponents have attempted (474).
The Eph Class of 2014 enters tonight's contest with an overall record of 99-20.
From the floor the Ephs hit on 50.5% of their shots, while holding opponents to 41.9%.
Beyond the arc Williams is connecting o 39.3% and the opponents are making 33.7%.
Williams averages 15 assists per game vs. 10.2 turnovers.
The Ephs are making 76.3% of their foul shots and the opposition is making 69.2% from the charity stripe.
The 14 players on the Eph team hail from 12 different states: MA-2, WA-2, while there is one player from each of the following states: CA, ID, IL, KY, MO, NH, NC, NJ, OH, and OR.