Ephs topple Little 3 rival Wesleyan in OT, 85-77

Ephs topple Little 3 rival Wesleyan in OT, 85-77

MIDDLETOWN, CT -- Daniel Wohl and Hayden Rooke-Ley scored seven points each in overtime Saturday night to lift the Williams College men's basketball team to a 85-77 victory over Little 3 rival Wesleyan. 

Wohl finished with 25 points, Rooke-Ley added 23 and Mike Greenman netted 20 as the Ephs evened their record at 2-2. The Cardinals suffered their first loss and fell to 3-1. Joseph Kuo, Harry Rafferty, Jaack Mackey and Joe Edmonds led Wesleyan with 12 points each.

In overtime, Williams took the lead for good with 2:14 left on a traditional three-point play by Rooke-Key, 75-73.  That started a streak of six straight Williams' possessions for points, helping the Ephs pull away from its host as Wesleyan had two key empty possessions, allowing the margin to grow to 79-73 in the final minute.  With the triumph, Williams picked up its 146th win against Wesleyan with 83 losses in the long-standing series.  Williams has won 16 of the last 17 tilts and five straight.

After Wesleyan jumped out to an 18-11 lead with 12:30 left in the first half, Williams erased all trace of the deficit with a 16-2 run, spearheaded by sophomore Mike Greenman with a pair of treys while senior Hayden Rooke-Ley added five points.  

Now with a 27-20 lead, Williams led by as many as nine points in the first period before settling for a 36-31 margin at the break.  The Cardinals regained the lead in the second half behind eight straight points in a span of a minute as sophomore Harry Rafferty canned a pair of three-pointers and junior Joe Edmonds added a basket for a 45-43 Wesleyan lead with 14:33 to go in regulation.

The teams stayed within three points of each other for the next 6:30 until senior Daniel Wohl drained a three-pointer with 8:02to go for a 60-55 Williams edge.   The margin grew to 67-61 with 3:42 on the clock, but the Cardinals ended the half on an 8-2 run, capped by a pair of sophomore Joseph Kuo free throws with :11.2 showing.  Williams missed on its last try in regulation.

Leading the Ephs with 25 points and 14 rebounds for a big double-double was Wohl, as he shot 8-for-14 from the field and 4-for-7 on treys.  Rooke-Key added 22, going a perfect 10-for-10 at the line as he is now 28-for-28 on free throws this season.  Greenman contributed 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting while making four of seven treys.  Williams had 12 three-pointers on the contest.  Wesleyan got 12 points each from Rafferty, Edmonds, Kuo and junior Jack Mackey with junior BJ Davis the fifth Cardinal in double-digits with 10.  Tops on the board for Wesleyan was junior Rashid Epps with 10.  Davis and Williams senior Ryan Kilcullen tied for game-high honors in assists with five apiece.

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