WILLIAMSTOWN – A 19-5 run to end the first half helped the Williams Ephs (4-0) defeat the Yeshiva Maccabees by a final score of 78-65. The 3rd nationally ranked Ephs continued their impressive unbeaten start to the season with their fourth double digit victory of the season.
Williams Head Coach Kevin App made a slight change to the starting lineup, inserting Matt Karpowicz at center. Cole Teal, Mike Greenman, Kyle Scadlock, and James Heskett all made their fourth start of the season. But similar to their first three games, the Ephs struggled out of the gates, committing several early fouls and showcasing severe inaccuracy from three-point range.
Neither Williams nor Yeshiva could manage much by way of scoring in the first ten minutes. With no player taller than 6' 5" on their roster, Yeshiva was by far the smaller team. The Maccabees tried to attack the hoop but usually to no avail. On the other end, the Ephs found a variety of open looks from outside, but could not convert those opportunities.
After missing their first ten attempts from three-point range, Williams found themselves up only 25-22 with 5:30 left in the half. But it was only a matter of time before the shots started to fall. Galvanized by a Bobby Casey three from the right wing, Williams proceeded to hit five of their next seven three-point attempts. The hot streak helped the Ephs explode for a 19-5 run into the half. At the break, Williams led 44-27.
Scadlock led the Ephs with 16 points and 5 rebounds in the first twenty minutes.
Williams picked up in the second half right where it left off in the first with a 6-0 run to build a 23-point lead. The cushion would balloon to 27 with 15:00 left in the game. But Yeshiva would not go down without a fight. Trailing by 25 with 10 minutes left, the Maccabees battled tooth and nail to fight their way back into the game. A 14-5 run by Yeshiva forced a frustrated Coach App to call an unwanted timeout with 4:03 remaining.
Out of the timeout, Karpowicz threw down a one handed jam from the baseline to reenergize the Ephs. Williams eventually cruised to win by a comfortable 13-point margin despite a valiant second-half effort by Yeshiva in which they outscored the Ephs 38-34.
Scadlock led Williams with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Casey and Karpowicz were the only other Ephs in double figures with 13 and 10 respectively.
Simcha Halpert led Yeshiva with 20 points. Bar Alluf added 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Williams returns to the court on Tuesday at Vassar College at 7 p.m.