WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Strong performances from Kyle Scadlock and Matt Karpowicz helped the Williams Ephs (3-0) defeat the MCLA Trailblazers (0-4) by a final score of 91-61.
In the early going, it looked as if MCLA would put up a good fight. Sophomore guard Colin Parrott scored 8 of the Trail Blazers' first 10 points as MCLA took a 10-9 lead with 14:58 left in the half. Williams got a lot of open three-point looks early, but failed to convert, missing their first six attempts. It would only be a matter of time before the Ephs started connecting from deep. With the outside shots not falling, the Ephs looked inside to find more consistent scoring. The turning point in the half was an impressive put-back dunk by freshman Matt Karpowicz to put the Ephs up 20-10 with 11:20 to go. The jam was an exclamation point in the midst of a 17-0 run.
"It's important for us to find a balance between our inside and outside game. Matt [Karpowicz] brings an interior presence. Marcos [Soto] and Mike [Kempton] have also been strong inside. We've gotten better at finding that balance over the course of the last three games," said Williams Head Coach Kevin App.
In the ensuing minutes, Williams also seemed to find their touch from three-point range. Junior Mike Greenman, sophomore James Heskett, and senior Daniel Aronowitz all drilled three pointers, helping Williams open up a 51-29 lead at the half.
"Shooting is the least of my worries. Sometimes it just takes awhile to get used to playing against someone else. I think we have some of the best shooters in the country so I'm not too worried," said Coach App.
While the Ephs struggled from three-point range (3-12), they did find plenty of easy looks inside. As a result, Williams shot an excellent 20-33 (60.6%) from the field. The Ephs also took advantage of their size and athleticism, blocking 7 shots and scoring 11 points off turnovers.
Heskett and sophomore Kyle Scadlock had 9 points each to lead the Ephs. Eight different players for Williams scored in the half.
Hot shooting allowed the Ephs to extend their lead to as much as 28 at 60-29 with 17:17 left to play. MCLA continued to fight hard and went on 20-7 run to cut their deficit to 16 with 10:27 left. From that point on, Williams took over and quickly extended their lead to over 20 points.
Coach App emptied his bench with five minutes left as the Ephs cruised the rest of the way. The final score was 91-61.
Six Ephs scored double-digit points. Scadlock finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Karpowicz had 10 points and 9 rebounds including three thunderous dunks.
Parrot and junior Joe Wiggins led the Trail Blazers with 15 points each.
Williams outrebounded MCLA 36-27 and shot a stellar 50.7% from the field (34 of 67). Perhaps the most worrying statistic for the Ephs was their poor free throw shooting (13-23).
"I wasn't 100 percent pleased with our effort for the entire game. That said, I trust this group to figure things out. Our depth and size will need to wear on teams over the course of a 40 minute game even if it doesn't for the first 5-10 minutes," said Coach App.
Williams will be back in action on Saturday at Eastern Connecticut St. at 2:00 P.M.