Medford, MA – The Williams College Ephs (14-0, NESCAC 3-0) get their 14th victory of the season downing the Tufts University Jumbos (7-9, NESCAC 1-2) 85-61.
With just under seven minutes left to go in the first half, the Ephs held a 3-point lead over the Jumbos. However, Williams would take advantage of several missed opportunities and a couple of turnovers by the Jumbos to go on a 12-2 run led by senior James Heskett and junior Matthew Karpowicz, giving the Ephs some breathing room and a 43-29 lead at the half.
At the half, the Ephs were shooting 51.5% from the field and 66.7% from behind the arc. Matthew Karpowicz led the team with 10 points and six rebounds on 50% shooting. The Jumbos were shooting 33.5% from the field and 25% from behind the arc. Eric Savage led the Jumbos in scoring with 11 points off of 80% shooting.
"Proud of Marc Taylor and Henry Feinberg for coming out strong in the first half and hitting shots that they knock down in practice and playing with that confidence," commented head coach Kevin App, "You need that depth to win games in the NESCAC. I think that was part of our mentality of 'this is our next game let's have a great time.' They've been working hard. They've won games with our offense and some with our defense, but today I think we won using both."
Early in the second half, the Jumbos kept the game close finding most of their success from the paint and mid-range; however, the Ephs would heat up from behind the arc making four of six attempts within the first seven minutes. With 13:40 left to play the Ephs led 55-43.
With just under ten minutes left in the game, the Ephs would go on a 9-0 run punctuated by back-to-back steals by Bobby Casey resulting in an open three-pointer for James Heskett to put the Ephs up 73-50 with 8 minutes left to play. The Ephs would ride the momentum into an 85-61 victory over the Jumbos.
The Ephs finished the game shooting 50.8% from the field. The Ephs were 8 for 11 from behind the arc in the second half and shot 70% for the entire game. James Heskett finished with 21 points, and five rebounds and Matthew Karpowicz had a double-double with 18 points and ten rebounds.
The Jumbos shot 40.3% from the field and 20% from behind the arc on the night. Eric Savage finished with 16 points, and six assists and Luke Rogers finished with a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
"A win on the road in this league is not easy to do," said Coach App, "Especially after a three-hour bus ride. I was proud of our guys for coming out and getting the legs going early and really competing, especially against a good offensive team like Tufts."
The Ephs' next game will be tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Lewiston, Maine, where they will battle Bates College in another NESCAC contest.