New York, NY – The Williams College Ephs (5-0) beat the Yeshiva University Maccabees (0-4) 85-64 in the final game of their two-game weekend road trip.
Trailing 21-20 at 9:21 of the first half Ephs drained five threes over the final nine minutes of the first half turning a one-point deficit into a 10-point, 45-35 lead at the break. Bobby Casey and James Heskett hit two from beyond the arc and first year Joan Jones hit one in the Ephs' run.
At the half, the Ephs were shooting 51.5% from the field and 44.7% from behind the arc. The Ephs statistical leaders were Matt Karpowicz with 8 points and four rebounds, and Bobby Casey with four assists. The Maccabees were shooting 43.8% from the field and 28.6% from behind the arc. The Maccabees statistical leaders were Simcha Halpert with 10 points, Michael Hayon with three assists.
After the break, the Ephs came out hot scoring 14 points in the first four minutes of play pushing their lead to 18. The Maccabees would call a timeout to regroup with 16:26 left in the game.
"I thought early our starters looked tired," stated Eph head coach Kevin App. "They played a high energy and up-tempo game yesterday, and I was really proud of our bench for coming alive and giving us energy."
"Jovan Jones, in particular, came in and made some great minutes," added App. "The guys rallied around that. Then the starters got their legs under them. I thought we came out and applied what we've learned through these past five games, and that's trying to put teams away in that first 5-10 minutes of the second half especially on the defensive end."
"I thought our role players were great all weekend," App said. "Mickey Babak was terrific all weekend, Marcos Soto was a steady hand off the bench, and Jovan came in today and gave us good minutes, and that's what you need to get a sweep over the weekend."
The Ephs would not take their foot off the gas and continued to keep the Maccabees at a distance for the remainder of the game, winning 85-64.
Bobby Casey led four Ephs in double figures with 20 points, while Kyle Scadlock snared a game high 11 rebounds and Casey dished out a game high 8 assists. Casey also posted a game high in three pointers making six of the 13 the Ephs made in the game.
"Really proud of the guys playing back-to-back games on the road and getting the sweep against good teams that made the NCAA tournament last season," commented App about the weekend. "I was proud of their effort. They've had five games and two practices in the last nine days. To come out 5-0 and learn a lot about ourselves is a good position to be in."
The Ephs" next game will take place on November 29th at 6 p.m. at Fitchburg St.