Williamstown, MA- The Williams College Ephs (12-0, NESCAC 1-0) downed the Wesleyan University Cardinals (8-4, NESCAC 0-1) 68-54 in the first NESCAC game of the season for the Ephs.
The Cardinals would cut the once 14-point Eph led to 5 with just under 9:30 left to play in the first half. However, an 8-0 run by the Ephs would swing momentum back in their favor. The Ephs would finish the half up 38-24.
"I thought we came out with a lot of energy," said head coach Kevin App, "Playing Wesleyan at home for the first NESCAC game of the season, I think we were fired up to get to this point of the season. I think that started with our looseness in the first half. We played really well on the offensive end, and the defensive end for the most part."
At the half, the Ephs shot 46.9% from the field and 50% from behind the arc. James Heskett led the Ephs with 13 points and four assists. The Cardinals shot 25.9% from the field and 22.2% from deep. Jordan James (9 pts, four rebs1) and Austin Hutcherson (6 pts, four rebs) led the way for the Cardinals.
"The second half the game got a little choppy due to the number of fouls on both teams, which disrupted the flow," stated coach App. "However, I thought we stepped up and made plays on the offensive side and buckled down on the defensive end."
The Ephs held a double-digit lead until just under 5 minutes to go in the game. The Cardinals went on an 11-0 run to bring the Ephs lead down to 5 points with 3:25 left on the clock. After the run, the Ephs would go on 10-1 run to secure the 68-54 victory.
"I was proud of my guys," commented coach App on his team's 10-1 run to end the game, "Matthew Karpowicz has been working hard on his free throws, and he stepped up and hit two big free throws late in the game. Michawl Kempton also hit a couple of clutch free throws. Also, our veteran group played well. They've seen almost every situation, so they were locked in and playing confidently, and that's what you need to do to beat a good team like Wesleyan."
The Ephs were led by James Heskett (17 pts, seven rebs, four assists), Bobby Casey (14 pts, 9 rebounds) and Kyle Scadlock (15 pts, 10 rebs). The Ephs finished the game shooting 41.2% from the field and 21.7% from behind the arc. Austin Hutcherson led the Cardinals with 17 points and five rebounds. The Cardinals shot 27.9% from the field and 21.7% from behind the arc.
The Ephs next game will be on January 5th at 3 pm when they host Connecticut College.