Williamstown, Ma– The Williams College Ephs (12-3, NESCAC 3-1) top the Bates College Bobcats (8-8, NESCAC 1-3) on a Saturday mid-afternoon game.
Bates battled back and with solid shooting from Bates junior Jeff Spellman. Bates pulled ahead off of a layup from freshman James Mortimer to put Bates up 17-13. The Ephs were able to tie the game up at 17-17 off of a dunk from James Heskett of off a pick and roll with senior Cole Teal. Nick Lynch made a couple shots and allowed Bates to regain the lead.
"They put a lot of pressure on you on the defensive end because they share the ball well and they can all make plays off the dribble and shoot." Head coach Kevin App commented on the Bates college style of play.
With 6 minutes left, The Ephs went ahead off of a Cole Teal floater over a Bates defender to put the Ephs up 28-27. They continued to hold off the Bobcats for the rest of the half through solid team defense and efficient shooting. With seconds left in the half, Cole Teal extended the lead to 9 points off of an offensive rebound and an assist to James Heskett. The Ephs led 40-31 at the half.
Bates shot 12-26 (46.2) from the field. Junior Jeff Spellman led the Bobcats in scoring with 13 points. Kody Greenhalgh led the Bobcats in assists with 3 by the end of the half.
Senior Mike Greenman opened up the scoring with a three-pointer off the pass from Michael Kempton. Moments later, Michael Kempton joined in on the scoring with a lay-up off of a pass from James Heskett. Bobby Casey added to the Ephs lead with several three-pointers. Bates stopped the run with a three of their own from Nick Gilpin. Bates called a timeout, and with 15:49 left to go the Ephs were up 48-36.
The Ephs were electric coming out of the timeout. Matthew Karpowicz got the Ephs going with a nice layup from the post followed by a three from Bobby Casey off of the pass from Chris Galvin. Seconds later, James Heskett hit another three in transition to keep the run going. The Ephs got the gym fired up with 12:14 left in the game with a monstrous slam from Henry Feinberg to put the Ephs up 68-41.
"I thought our guys took on the challenge on the defensive end, and that carried over and allowed us to make some of our big runs," Coach App said about his team's defensive play.
Bates hit a couple threes to cut into the Ephs lead and make it a 69-50 game, but Bobby Casey stopped their run with a huge block. Both teams played stellar defense, but Bates continued to chip away at the lead with a couple shots from junior Jeff Spellman to bring the game to 69-55 with 5:25 left.
The Ephs were able to hold off the Bobcats the rest of the way winning the game 79-68. Coach app commented on Bates late game come back, "When we made that big run I think we let our guard down and lost our focus for a little bit, but we were able to focus up and finish the game"
The leading scorer for the Ephs was James Heskett with 23 points. Matthew Karpowicz finished the game with a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Ephs finished the game shooting 28-55 (50.9%) from the field.
The Ephs will return to action on against Amherst at 7 p.m in a Little Three game.