THOUSAND OAKS, CA – A 47-point second half fueled by the hot shooting of James Heskett and the inside scoring of Matt Karpowicz powered Williams College (9-2) to an 82-71 win over host California Lutheran University Kingsmen (2-6).
James Heskett ended up the game high scorer with 29 points, following up his effort yesterday when he tallied 24 in a loss to Hamline. Matt Karpowicz added 13 points and senior Cole Teal added 12 points. Karpowicz was perfect from the floor going 6-6 and he made his one free throw attempt.
Heskett's 29 points came from making 9 of 15 shots from the floor including 5 of 10 from beyond the arc and making all six of his free throws.
A James Heskett three from the left corner in front of the Eph bench with 15:43 to play in the second half gave the Ephs their first lead of the game since the first 35 seconds of the contest, 49-47, and forced CLU to call a timeout.
A Cole Austin free throw with 11:36 to play in the second half put the home team up 57-56 and that's when the Ephs heated up from beyond the arc with Teal, Mike Greenman, Marcos Soto and Heskett all drained threes and two free throws from Heskett put Williams up eight 75-67 with 3:07 left.
Seven of the Ephs last nine points came from the free throw line, while CLU missed four of their last five charity tosses.
Cole Teal made one of two free throws after KJ Moffett scored for CLU to make the final Williams 82 and Cal Lutheran 71
"I'm really proud of our guys' effort tonight coming off a loss yesterday and playing a team on their home court," said Eph head coach Kevin App. "We had to whether some runs and overcome some questionable calls, but I think our leadership showed and we found a way to win on the road, which is always good."
"Matt Karpowicz was aggressive on the offensive end tonight and his teammates rewarded him by getting him the ball where he could work," App added.
In the first half Cal Lutheran with 7:07 remaining opened up a 31-18 lead over the Ephs.
Sophomore Matt Karpowicz came off the bench to net seven late first half points to narrow the CLU lead to six a the break, 41-35.
On the night the Ephs hit on 28 of 54 field goal attempts (58%) and 40% of their threes 13 of 32 and Williams drained 13 of 18 free throws. Cal Lutheran was 26 of 52 from the floor (50%) and 9 of 25 from distance (36%). The Kingsmen were 10 of 19 from the free throw line (52%).
The Ephs committed two turnovers in the second half, while CLU had six. Williams had a two-rebound advantage on the night 31-29.
Both teams shot the ball well in the first half with Cal Lutheran hitting on 16 of 26 field goal attempts (61.5%) and CLU made 7 of 13 from behind the arc (53.8%) and the Ephs made 13 of 27 field goal attempts (48.1%) and Williams connected on 6 of 10 from three-point range.
Both teams hurt themselves with turnovers as CLU turned the ball over 11 times and the Ephs had 10 miscues. CLU had 13 rebounds in the first 20 minutes while the Ephs collected 12.
James Heskett was the lone player to crack double figures in the first half scoring 15 points. Kyle Ferreira led Cal Lutheran with nine points and a game high seven rebounds.
The Ephs will next see action on Friday January 5 when they travel to Wesleyan for their first NESCAC contest of the season. Wesleyan defeated the Ephs in Williamstown in OT 72-67 in a Little Three match up that did not count in the NESCAC standing back on December 2.
The Ephs will stay in Connecticut after playing at Wesleyan and battle Connecticut College in New London at 3:00 PM on Saturday January 6 in another NESCAC contest.