PURCHASE, NY -- Junior swingman Daniel Aronowitz sunk two free throws with 5:17 remaining to cap an 8-0 run that gave Williams (4-0) a 53-42 lead over the Manhattanville Valiants (4-3). The Ephs would go on to win 73-54 behind stellar individual performances from Aronowitz and freshman forward Kyle Scadlock, who both recorded double doubles. Aronowitz finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds and Scadlock contributed 18 points and 13 boards.
"Dan and Kyle both bring a unique skill set where they can do a little bit of everything on the floor. They were able to create in different ways to get us some easy baskets," said Head Coach Kevin App.
Good ball movement and stingy defense helped the Ephs jump out to an 18-9 lead early in the first half. Nothing seemed to go Williams' way for the rest of the half. Manhattanville responded with an 11-0 run to take a 20-18 lead and Ephs starting point guard Mike Greenman exited the game with an injury. With both Greenman and sophomore guard Chris Galvin not playing due to injuries, Head Coach Kevin App depended on freshman Bobby Casey and sophomore Cole Teal to handle the backcourt duties. Despite finding great looks all half, Teal and Casey struggled with their outside shooting as Williams staggered to a 29-25 halftime lead.
Williams shot 5-24 from behind the arc in the first half.
"Our defense kept us in the game when shots weren't falling," said App.
Williams seemed to pick up in the second half right where they left off in the first half, as shots continued to bounce off the rim. Consistent defensive effort and terrific work on the glass allowed the Ephs to maintain a slim lead throughout the early stages of the half. Williams outrebounded Manhattanville 50-39 in the contest.
The Valiants would not go away as senior forward Andrew Winter drilled a three-pointer with 9:01 remaining to cut the Ephs lead to 41-40. As they have done all year in tight games, Williams showed poise and made their run. Daniel Aronowitz contributed 6 points of a 12-2 run that gave the Ephs some breathing room. In the final minutes, Williams was finally able to get some three's to fall to extend their lead to as much as 21 before settling for the 73-54 victory.
"I'm excited about our balance and depth. We've had four different leading scorers in four games. Today, Adam Kroot (6 points) came in and showed that he's ready," said App.
"We continue to play our best at the end of games. I was very proud of the guys."
Senior guard Anthony Maestre led Manhattanville with 17 points.
Casey added 10 points off the bench for the Ephs.
Williams next plays Thursday, December 3rd when they host Union College at 7:00 P.M.