Middletown, CT – The Williams College Ephs (7-0) downed the Wesleyan University Cardinals (3-3) 80-65 in a Little Three matchup.
"I'm proud of this senior group," head coach Kevin App stated after the game, "This is the first time they've beaten Wesleyan in this December Little Three game, and they've been leading this group in a fun way."
After leading 31-28 with 4:34 left in the half, Kyle Scadlock and Michael Kempton powered the Ephs offense and put them up nine going into halftime. The Ephs did not hit a three in the first half (0-7) but were able to find success from mid-range and in the paint.
The Ephs were shooting 50% from the field. The statistical leaders were Kyle Scadlock with 12 points, Bobby Casey with five rebounds, Henry Feinberg with two assists. The Cardinals were shooting 37.1% from the field. The Wesleyan statistical leaders were Austin Hutcherson with 13 points and five rebounds.
With 7:17 left in the game, James Heskett became the 36th Eph men's basketball player to score 1,000 points in his career. He is also the second member of the senior class to reach the mark this season.
"It was a big day for James. It was his birthday, his family surprised him at the game, and he got to a thousand," said coach App, "I think everybody saw James step up when Kyle went down last year, and that gained confidence has been fun to watch."
The Ephs would continue to keep the Cardinals at a distance, and at the end of 40 minutes, the Ephs won 80-65. The Ephs shot 55.2% from the field and 33% from behind the arc. James Heskett led the Ephs with 22 points, Kyle Scadlock with nine rebounds and Bobby Casey with three assists. The Cardinals shot 36.4% from the field and 25% from behind the arc. Jordan Bonner led them with 18 points and Austin Hutcherson with nine rebounds.
"We had a tough four straight road games stretch, and tonight I thought the guys got some stops and gutted it out to make some plays down the stretch. Really proud of them for finishing off this week on the road with a big win against a good team," said coach App.
The Ephs next game will be on December 6th at 7 p.m. when they host Union College.