Williamstown, MA- The Williams College Ephs (13-0, NESCAC 2-0) beat the Connecticut College Camels (4-8, NESCAC 0-2) 95-69
The Ephs opened the game on a 16-3 run and were thriving on both ends of the floor. They continued to build on their lead throughout the first half with baskets coming from both behind the arc and in the paint. The Camels had an opportunity to stop the Ephs run, but a missed dunk in transition turned into open three-pointer for James Heskett, and the Ephs rode the momentum to a 52-25 lead at halftime.
With 5 seconds left on the clock, senior Bobby Casey drove to the basket and found a wide-open Kyle Scadlock for an easy lay-up. That basket made Scadlock the 37th Williams men's basketball player to have scored 1,000 points in their career. This outstanding Eph trio were all members of Eph head coach Kevin App's first recruiting class.
"It felt good," commented senior Kyle Scadlock on reaching the 1,000-point milestone, "especially coming off the injury last year. It's been a long road, so to get that felt good. We don't talk about individual moments too much, but I'm happy for myself and my teammates I couldn't have done that without them. What means more is that we've had two other guys in our class to do it, and that's never been done before, and that's a testament to all six of the guys in my senior class. It's a big moment for all of us."
Scadlock is the third member of the 2019 class to reach the milestone, and this is the first time in Eph's men's basketball history that three players have hit the milestone in the same season.
In the first half the Eph offense was firing on all cylinders as they shot 67.9% from the field and 66.7% from behind the arc. Willams had three players with double digit point totals at the half Kyle Scadlock (16), James Heskett (15), and Bobby Casey (15). The Camels were shooting 31% from the field and 44.4% from behind the arc. Dan Draffan was their leading scorer (7) and rebounder (5) at the half.
At the beginning of the second half, the Camels offense started to flow, but the Ephs perimeter shooting helped the Ephs keep the Camels at a distance. With just under ten minutes left to play, the Camels would go an 18-5 run. However, the Ephs' lead was too big to overcome, and they would go on to win 95-69.
The Ephs would finish the game shooting 57.4% from the field and 57.1% from behind the arc. Bobby Casey lead the team with a game-high in points (24) and assists (8). Kyle Scadlock finished the game with 19 points, three rebounds, and one assist. The Camels shot 37.9% from the field and 50% from behind the arc. The Camels were led by Dan Draffan (14 points and eight rebounds) and David Labossiere (11 Points)
"It's not easy to play back-to-back games," said head coach Kevin App. "The guys have shown that they can do it. We've done it four different times now, and they continue to bring even more intensity to the second games, which is a testament to our guys, the upperclassmen in particular, for leading that intensity and getting the first NESCAC weekend sweep of the season."
The Ephs' next game will be on January 11th at 7 p.m. on the road in Medford, Mass. at Tufts University.