Wesleyan shocks Williams 66-63 On Last Second Shot

Head Coach Kevin App talking strategy with the Ephs
Head Coach Kevin App talking strategy with the Ephs

MIDDLETOWN, CT – Déjà vu in Middletown for Williams College. On December 5th, BJ Davis hit a floater for the Cardinals with 0.9 seconds remaining to give Wesleyan the last second win over the Ephs. Tonight was a seemingly similar story, as BJ Davis, again, won the contest for Wesleyan with a last second 3-pointer to give Wesleyan (18-4, 5-3 NESCAC) a 66-63 win over Williams College. (13-8, 3-4 NESCAC)

Following a very slow start for both teams in the early going, a rapid game of ties and lead changes unfolded, with both teams going on small runs to claim the lead throughout the half. Wesleyan went into the break with a 34-33 lead. Wesleyan was led by senior Jack Mackey in the first half, as he went 6-6 from the floor, including 3-3 from 3-point range, and had 15 points in the first half. Junior Daniel Aronowitz and senior Edward Flynn led Williams in the first half and had 11 and 9 points respectively.

Williams opened the second half with a 14-5 run to take a 47-39 lead, including four Cole Teal 3-pointers during that run. Wesleyan quickly answered back with a 7-0 run of their own, cutting the lead to just one at 47-46 Williams. After some back and forth play, the game was tied at 56 with just under 5 minutes left.

An and-one layup and a 3-point basket for Wesleyan Senior BJ Davis gave Wesleyan the lead 62-56 with just over 2 minutes to play. After a Flynn layup and a couple Aronowitz free throws, the lead was cut to just two. In the ensuing possessing for Wesleyan, BJ Davis was only able to convert on one of two free throws, leaving the gap for Williams at 3 with 54 seconds remaining.

An and-one layup from Bobby Casey with 37.3 seconds remaining, tied the game at 63 apiece, eerily similar to how December's meeting had occurred.

Following a jump ball after a BJ Davis 3-point miss with 17 seconds remaining, the Cardinals had a chance for the last shot and they put the ball in the hands of Davis. After a move at the top of the key, he stepped to his left and made a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining, giving Wesleyan a 66-63 lead. Williams had one last shot at the tie with a long-range effort from Aronowitz that came up short.

For the Ephs, Flynn led the way with 15 points on 6-7 shooting. He was accompanied in double digits by Daniel Aronowitz and Cole Teal who had 13 and 12 respectively. Freshman Kyle Shaddock also had a strong performance, totaling 8 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Marcos Soto also had a strong performance on defense as he led Williams with 4 blocks.

BJ Davis led the way for Cardinals with 24 points on the night, including 19 in the second half. He also rattled off his teams last 15 points of the contest. Wesleyan was able to get two other players in double digits with Mackey and Joseph Kuo who had 15 points and 10 points respectively.

Williams next plays at Connecticut College on Sunday February 7th at 3 P.M.

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