Springfield, MA- The Williams College Ephs (9-0) survive a late run by the Springfield College Pride (2-5) and win 75-71.
The Ephs used their size to their advantage in the first half getting buckets and the majority of their points from the paint, notably a couple of dunks from Matt Karpowicz. The two teams were pretty even in several team stats including rebounds and turnovers. However, the Ephs were able to hit shots more consistently than the Pride, which led to a double-digit lead for most of the half. The Ephs led 38-25 going into the break
At the half, the Ephs were shooting 52% from the field and 37.5% from behind the arc. Leading the Ephs was Kyle Scadlock with 9 points and nine rebounds and three assists. The Pride was shooting 32% from the field and 13.3% from behind the arc. Leading the Pride was Heath Post with 13 points and four rebounds and Jake ross with two assists.
Halfway through the second half, the Pride would cut the Ephs lead to three after 10-3 run fueled by Jake Ross and finished off by a Kevin Durkin slam in transition. The Ephs would call a timeout to regroup, but after the timeout, the Pride would tie the game off of a three from Heath Post. The game would not stay tied for long, as the Ephs countered with a 10-2 run of their own. The Ephs led 66-60 with 5:30 left in the game.
"I was proud of our guys, and I thought they were enjoying it," Eph head coach Kevin App commented on Springfield's late-game run, "We have a lot of upperclassmen that have been through basically every situation in their career here. That's what we were talking about in our timeout. We've been here before. Just enjoy it and compete, and I think we saw that down the stretch. Kyle made some big defensive plays and Bobby made a couple of shots. What got us through was our comfort, confidence, and enjoying the competition."
The Ephs shot 50% from the field and 41.2% from behind the arc. Bobby Casey led the Ephs (24 points, two rebounds and four assists) and Kyle Scadlock (12 points and 13 rebounds). The Pride shot 41% from the field and 34.4% from behind the arc. Leading the Pride was Jake Ross (24 points, three rebounds, four assists) and Heath Post (24 points, eight rebounds, and four assists and four blocks)
"Feels great to head into finals and winter break on a win." said App on today's game, "I thought Springfield played a great game and our guys responded every time Springfield made a run, which led to us making a couple of big plays down the stretch."
The Ephs next game will be on December 30th at 6:30 p.m. against Montclair State on the campus of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.