WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – In the championship game of the Williams Tip-Off Tournament the host Ephs (2-0) opened the game by scoring 16 of the first 18 points with senior forward Dan Aronowitz netting seven of the first eight and the Ephs went on to down Maine Maritime (1-2) 73-55.
Aronowitz led all scorers with 22 points and was named the tourney MVP.
A Michael Kempton three from the top of the key and a defensive stop and a free throw by Kempton gave Williams its largest lead 41-22 three minutes into the second half. Shortly after that Kyle Scadlock drove down the lane and dunked the ball and at 15:18 Williams was up 20, 44-24.
Nick Judge's traditional three point play at 13:17 cut the Williams lead to 12, 44-32, just before Dan Aronowitz scored five straight points on two layups and a free throw to put Williams back up by 17, 49-32 with10:46 left.
The Mariners got a basket by Brendan Newcomb, but Aronowitz canceled that with two free throws and the Ephs led 51-34 with 9:34 left in regulation.
After a Sam Meklin three cut the Eph lead to 16 at 55-39 with 9:17 left and Mariners' coach David Muchnick called a full timeout.
With 6:55 left Kyle Scadlock rebound his own miss and laid the ball in the basket and Williams was back to owning a 20-point lead, 62-42 with just under seven minutes to play.
With 1:28 left Nick Judge scored on a driving layup from the left side cutting the Eph lead 16, 71-55. A Matt Karpowicz turnaround jumper on the right box with 1:11 left was the final hoop of the game for the Ephs and gave Williams a 73-55 victory.
"Our group looked more confident today," said Eph head coach Kevin App. "We're not perfect, we're not even close, because we have a lot of learning to do, but getting that game under our belt yesterday carried over to today."
Joining Aronowitz in double figures for Williams were Marcos Soto (15) and Kyle Scadlock (12). App was not surprised by Soto's three point shooting noting, "Unfortunately that's a secret that he let out this weekend, but it just shows his level of confidence and his improvement form first year to sophomore," stated App. "He's been doing that to his teammates in practice for a year and a half so it was nice to see him shoot with confidence against another team."
The Mariners had three in double figures as well with Nick Judge tallying 14, Brendan Newcomb 12 and Dylan Stevens 10.
Kyle Scadlock had a game-high eight rebounds and Williams held a 42-35 margin on the glass.
The Ephs opened up a 16-2 lead in the contest behind eight points from Aronowitz and eight from Marcos Soto and the Ephs never looked back in winning their second straight game of the season.
With 5:07 left in the first half Maine Maritime's Brendan Newcomb hit a three to narrow the Eph lead to 22-10. Soto came back with an around the back dribble off a long outlet pass from Cole Teal to score on a layup to make it 28-10 Williams. Soto went to the free throw line on the Ephs' next possession and drained both charity tosses to make it 30-12 Ephs with 3:28 left in the half.
Maine Maritime went on a brief run of six points fueled by buckets from Dylan Price, Riley MacLeod, Dylan Stevens to cut their deficit to 12, 30-12 before the Ephs scored the final three points of the half on two free throws by Cole Teal and one by Bobby Casey to take a 33-18 lead into the locker room at the break.
At the half Marcos Soto led all scorers with 12 points and Dan Aronowitz had 11 for Williams. Dylan Price and Dylan Stevens led the Mariners with four points each.
Both teams had nine turnovers in the first 20 minutes and Williams held a 22-19 edge on the boards.
App closed his comments by praising his sophomores. "All of our sophomores have worked really hard in the off season and Marcos and Michael Kempton make us special on defense because they take away a lot of space. It's nice to see them gain confidence on the offensive end too."
Next up for Maine Maritime is an away contest at Thomas College on the 29th, while the Ephs will return to the court on November 26 when they take on Eastern Connecticut in the first round of the Sig Makofski Tournament at Union College.