Ephs Topped By Middlebury 70-66

Ephs Topped By Middlebury 70-66

Middlebury, VT - The Williams College Ephs (13-4, NESCAC 3-2) were topped by the Middlebury College Panthers (13-3, NESCAC 4-1) in a Saturday mid-afternoon showdown

The game started out as a defensive battle. Five minutes into the game the score was 7-6 with Middlebury up on the Ephs. As the half continued, both teams decided to attack the basket earning both team's opportunities at the stripe.

With 13:44 left in the half, junior Bobby Casey gave the Ephs the lead at 11-9 with a three-pointer off the dribble. The Panthers leveled the score a minute later off of a layup from Joey Leighton. On the next possession, senior Mike Greenman gave the Ephs the lead with the team's third three-pointer of the half. Ephs were up 14-11. The Panthers tried to regain the lead, but the Ephs kept knocking down shots to stay ahead of them. The Ephs started to build on their lead with a three from Mike Greenman and a tip-in from sophomore Matthew Karpowicz, which put the Ephs up 21-13.

The Panthers went on a 5-0 run to cut into the Ephs' lead and bringing the score to 21-18. After the run, both teams upped their defensive presence and kept each other off the board for a minute in a half. senior Cole Teal broke the drought with a floater in the lane. Middlebury came right back at the Ephs with back to back threes to get a 24-23 edge on the Ephs with 2:16 left in the half. The rest of the half saw several lead changes, and at the end of the half, the Panthers were up 31-28.

At the half, James Heskett and Mike Greenman led the Ephs in scoring with 7 points apiece. Leading the Panthers in scoring was Joey Leighton with 9 points.

The second half started out with both teams trading baskets, but soon after Middlebury went on a run led by Hilal Dahleh to bring them up by 39-31. The Ephs cut into the lead with a dunk and a three-pointer from James Heskett and a layup through contact by Matthew Karpowicz to bring the Ephs within 5, but the Panthers kept their distance with a three-pointer from Joey Leighton to bring the score to 46-38. The Panthers held their lead and were able to extend it to 10 points with 12:42 left to go in the game

The Panthers got their lead up to 16, but the Ephs made a late-game push trying to cut the lead. Through solid defense and some good shooting by Bobby Casey, the Ephs they were able to cut the lead to 4 points with 41 seconds left in the game. The two teams traded off baskets keeping the difference at 4 and the Panthers were able to hold off the Ephs and win 70-66

Leading the Ephs in scoring was James Heskett with 19 points, and leading the Ephs in rebounding was Matthew Karpowicz with 11.

"I was proud that we fought until the end and gave ourselves a fighting chance at the end," said head coach Kevin App. "But we weren't tough enough throughout the 40 minutes to whether the storm. I thought we let too much affect us, and we have to trust in what we are doing. I think those stretches where we lost our poise really came back to affect us." 

The Ephs next game will be on Monday the 22nd at 7 p.m. at hone against St. Joseph's (VT).


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