Williamstown, MA – The Williams College Ephs (2-0) defeated Southern Vermont (2-1) 88-57 in the final game of the Tip-Off Tournament.
The Mountaineers would jump out to an early lead hitting their first three shots. Senior Bobby Casey got the scoring started for the Ephs by burying a corner three with the assist coming from junior Matt Karpowicz. On the next possession, Matt Karpowicz got in on the scoring action and tied the game up for the Ephs after a getting two points in the paint.
The Ephs called a timeout with 13:46 left in the half. At this point, the Ephs held a 17-14 lead over the Mountaineers.
After the timeout, both teams picked up the defensive pressure and kept each other off of the scoreboard. After several scoreless possessions for both sides, the Ephs would build on their lead. The Ephs found success in the post as senior Michael Kempton and sophomore Marc Taylor added to the Ephs point total. After a couple of post scores and free throws, the Ephs led 28-17 with 8:39 left in the game.
With 6:49 left in the half, the Chandler gymnasium erupted as history was made when Bobby Casey sunk a three to become the 35th player in Williams Men's basketball history to score 1,000 points. The basket was Bobby's third three of the half. "I came here not really knowing what to expect" commented Bobby Casey about playing at Williams and reaching the 1000-point mark. "Williams is obviously a very historic program, and I wanted to do my part. I never set that milestone, but it's an honor to be a part of that club."
"If you look at the history of the program, we have been fortunate that when somebody leaves another guy will come in and step into their role," said Head Coach Kevin App. "The fact that we have two other guys approaching the 1000-point marker shows how much has been asked out of this senior class."
The energy from the milestone carried over to the Ephs play as they continued to distance themselves from the Mountaineers. With 3 minutes left in the half, Henry Feinberg would give the Ephs a 41-28 lead. On the next possession, Mickey Babek took it to the rack to bring the lead to 15. The teams would trade baskets until the end of the half, and after 20 minutes of play, the Ephs led 49-32.
Andre Hodo led the Mountaineers in both points (12) and rebounds (4). The Mountaineers shot 36.4% from the field and 26.7% from behind the arc. Leading the Ephs in scoring was Bobby Casey with 12 points. Kyle Scadlock and Matt Karpowicz were tied for the most rebounds at the half with four apiece. Williams shot 56.7% from the field and 50% from behind the arc.
The Ephs continued to thrive on both ends of the floor and jumped out to a 20 point lead with 12:43 left in the game. Despite making a couple three-pointers, the Mountaineers were unable to make significant progress catching up the Ephs until the 10:30 mark, where the Mountaineers turned defense to offense and cut the lead to 15.
The Ephs would not take their foot off of the gas pedal as they would continue to control the flow of the game. The young players took over the game late as first-year Spencer Spivy hit his first career three-pointer and first-year Jovan Jones got his first assist when he connected with Sophomore Daniel Kacmarek who would finish through contact.
The game would end 88-57 in favor of the Ephs. Donnell Frayer Jr. led the Mountaineers in points (23) and rebounds (8). Bobby Casey led the Ephs in points (18), Kyle Scadlock led the team in rebounds (9), and Michael Kempton finished with a team-high 4 assists for the Ephs. Another notable performance was from Henry Feinberg as he finished with 11 points and was an energizer for the Ephs.
"We do these tournaments to prepare us for NESCACs, where we play back-to-back games," noted head coach Kevin App about the Tip-off Tournament. "We had some moments where we looked tired, but we like to see different players step up and that's what we saw today. We played two talented teams, both won their regular seasons last year, so I was proud of how we played this weekend."
The Ephs next game will be at home on Tuesday, Nov. 20th at 7 p.m. against MCLA