WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Williams freshman forward Kyle Scadlock threw down a two-handed dunk with 4:20 remaining that pushed the Ephs lead to 65-60. It was one of several highlight-reel moments for Scadlock in a 73-62 win for the Williams College Ephs (1-0) over the Salem State Vikings (1-2). Scadlock finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in his Ephs debut.
Behind hot shooting from sophomore guard Cole Teal and freshman guard Bobby Casey, Williams took a 39-23 lead into halftime. Freshman forward James Heskett nailed a three-pointer from the right wing with 2:45 remaining in the first half to cap a 16-2 run and give the Ephs a commanding 32-15 lead over the Vikings.
Salem State took control of the first five minutes in the second half, trimming the deficit to 45-38. Heskett responded to the run with a momentum breaking three-pointer to push the Ephs lead back to double digits. The Vikings would fight back, cutting the Ephs lead to 63-60 with 5:34 remaining. It was as close as the Vikings would get as Scadlock's dunk and a Bobby Casey three pointer from the right wing extended the lead back to 8. Casey would nail another three with 2:17 remaining to push the Ephs lead to 71-62. Sophomore guard Chris Galvin effectively sealed the game with a layup with 1:34 remaining to extend the Ephs lead back to double digits.
"We learned that we have a lot of depth. It can be different guys every night. That's what excites me, tomorrow it could be completely different guys leading this scoring punch," said Williams Head Coach Kevin App.
"I was really impressed with our defense, and besides the first eight minutes of the second half when we didn't have any energy, our defense was as good as I've seen it so far this year," said App.
Three freshmen shined for the Ephs in their season opening victory. Bobby Casey led the Ephs with 15 points. Kyle Scadlock and James Heskett contributed 14 and 11 respectively. Senior captain Edward Flynn pulled down 11 rebounds.
"They're talented. We trust those first-years a lot. The upperclassmen have shown them the way pretty quickly," said App.
Billy Muse led the Vikings with 19 points.
The Ephs will face Mount St. Vincent in the championship game of the Williams Invitational tomorrow at 4 P.M. The Vikings will play SUNY New Paltz at 2P.M.