Williams Tops Trinity On the Road 75-58

James Heskett '19
James Heskett '19

HARTFORD, CT – Williams (15-4/NESCAC 4-2) held host Trinity (13-5/NESCAC 2-3) scoreless over the final 4:44 of the second half to notch a 75-58 win on the road.

Trinity's Eric Gendron scored on a layup with 4:44 to play and cut the Ephs' lead to one, 59-58, and the Ephs called a timeout.

Out of the timeout Eph junior guard Bobby Casey drained a three and then scored on a layup after a Trinity turnover, boosting the Eph lead to six, 64-58.

After another turnover by the Bantams, Casey was fouled on his way to the hoop. He missed both free throws, but stole a Trinity pass on the Bantams' next trip down the court and turned it into an assist when he set up James Heskett for a long three. The Eph lead was now nine 67-58, with 2:56 left.

Williams netted eight consecutive free throws while Trinity was scoreless the rest of the way to make the final Williams 75, Trinity 58.

James Heskett tallied a game and career high 34 points, making 12 of 15 shots from the floor (5-6 from beyond the arc) and going 5 of 7 from the charity stripe. Joining Heskett in double figures were Bobby Casey with 12 and Cole Teal with 11.

Henry Feinberg led the Ephs on the glass on the night with nine rebounds and Cole Teal posted a team high four assists.

Erin Gendron was the lone Bantam to score in double figures and he finished with 18 to go along with a team high 5 assists. Donald Jordan led Trinity with 7 rebounds.

On the night the Ephs made 24 of 50 shots from the floor (48%), including 8 f 17 from behind the three-point arc (47.1%). Trinity made 22 of 63 shots from the floor (34.9%) and the Bantams connected on just 5 of 19 from beyond the arc (26.3%).

The Bantams turned the ball over 13 times to the Ephs' 11.

After the game Eph head coach Kevin App attributed the win to his team's, "Composure and good defense both in man to man and the 1-3-1 zone were key," said App. "I thought our guys did a good job in both defenses. Bobby Casey and James Heskett, two guys I trust a great deal as do their teammates, made some big baskets and our late scoring put a lot of pressure on their offense to score quicker than they are probably used to, which was to our advantage." 

"We were not happy with our effort the last time out on the road, but I thought tonight the guys played with a lot of energy and put themselves in a position to win."

James Heskett put on a shooting show in the first half connecting on his first six field goal attempts and eight of nine shots from the field, including 4-4 from beyond the arc for 21 of the Ephs' 33 points.

Trailing 16-14 Heskett gave the Ephs a one-point lead, 17-16, with a deep three from the right side. Another three and a layup by Heskett gave the Ephs a 22-18 lead, just over halfway through the first half. 

With just over eight minutes to go another three from Heskett and a free throw put the Ephs up 26-18.

With 5:20 left in the first half a Bobby Casey three gave Williams a 31-23 lead, but Trinity scrapped their way back into the game with Nick Seretta sparking the comeback with a three and a layup.

Two free throws with 10.7 left in the half by The Bantams' Tim Flynn tied the game at 33 at the intermission.

In the first half Heskett led all scorers with 21 points. The Ephs hit 41.9% of their shots from the floor making 13 of 31 and they were 6-12 from three-point land. The Ephs had seven turnovers to the Bantams' six and Trinity led on the glass 20-17.

Nick Seretta led the Bantams in scoring in the opening session with seven points. Trinity was 10-29 from the floor (34.5%) and 5-11 from beyond the arc.

The Ephs played without senior guard Mike Greenman who was injured in final minutes at Middlebury 

Next up for the Ephs is a non-conference contest at SUNY Oneonta on January 30 at 7:00 PM. The Bantams will next play tomorrow when they host NESCAC foe Middlebury at 2:00 PM.

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