WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Third-year Eph head coach Kevin App's 2016-17 Williams College men's basketball team (19-8) that finished second at the NESCAC Tournament this past weekend has secured the College's 15th berth in the NCAA DIII Tournament.
The Williams team gathered in the film room to watch the selection show and when it was announced that Williams was in and hosting every Eph player was on his feet cheering. Less than a minute later as the team dispersed one player could be heard saying, "I've got a paper to write," and another player said, "I've got to go to the library," and that was met with some "me toos."
On Friday Williams (19-8) will play Becker College (19-8) and The University of Scranton (21-6) will take on Oswego State (21-6).
The University of Scranton vs. Oswego State game will be played at 5:30 p.m.
Williams and Becker will meet at 7:30 p.m.
Friday's winners will meet on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Seniors/Students and Children Over 2: $5.00
The Williams Ephs are making their 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and they are 42-13 all-time in the tourney and they have finished third or better seven times, winning the 2003 NCAA title. Williams has won 7of its last 10 games.
The Becker Hawks enter as the champions of the New England Collegiate Conference and they are making their 3rd NCAA Tournament appearance. Becker is 2-2 all-time in the tournament and the Hawks have won 8 of their last 10 games.
Scranton enters as the Landmark Conference Champions and the Royals have won 9 of their last 10 games. Scranton is making its 28th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the Royals own a record of 36-27. Scranton has own two NCAA titles and they have finished second once and third once.
Oswego State enters as the SUNYC Champions and the Lakers are making their 5th NCAA Tournament appearance and all-time in the tourney they are 4-4. The Lakers have won 8 of their last 10 games.
Students and Children over Age 2: $5.00
"As a coach you always try to explain to your team that their hard work will pay off and I thought as a team we played some of our best basketball down the stretch when we had to," said Eph head coach Kevin App. "I'm just so happy for Dan Aronowitz and Taysean Scott our seniors who had it as a goal to get our team back in the tournament."
"This is really exciting," said senior captain Dan Aronowitz. "Especially having two years away from "The Big Dance" it is nice to have another opportunity to compete. You just can't take these opportunities for granted.
Williams as a member of NESCAC has only been eligible for NCAA team post-season competition since the 1993-94 season. Williams was the first New England DIII men's team to win the NCAA title.
App's Ephs are a young squad with just the two seniors on the roster, but the team improved greatly as the season unfolded. Seeded sixth in the NESCAC Tournament Williams defeated two teams seeded ahead of them and played for the conference title versus Middlebury on Sunday.
The Ephs defeated five nationally ranked teams this winter. Three of their last six wins came over nationally ranked teams and two of those were road victories.
Two players on the 2016-17 Eph roster were on the last Williams team to play in the NCAA Tournament in 2014: Dan Aronowitz and Mike Greenman. In 2014 the Ephs upset archrival Amherst in the national semifinals and then lost 75-73 to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the title contest.
Aronowitz leads the Ephs in scoring with 17.2 points per game and sophomore Kyle Scadlock is averaging 12.5 per game and is coming off two consecutive double doubles in the NESCAC Tournament. "It's all mental for me," Scadlock said of his weekend. "I'm just going to continue to work hard, knowing that I can help this team."
Nine players on the Eph squad average 10 or more minutes a game. The Ephs average 75.9 points a game, while allowing 70.1, Williams owns a plus 2.4 rebounds per game margin and the Ephs have made 88 more free throws than their opponents.