Waterville, ME – The Williams College Ephs (19-2, NESCAC 6-1) defeated the Colby College Mules (15-6, NESCAC 3-4) 84-68 in the first game of the weekend.
The Ephs had the hot hand early in the first half, missing only 8 of their 28 field goals in the first twenty minutes. Their offensive prowess led to a 16-point lead with just under five minutes left in the first half. The Mules started to hit shots from the perimeter and went on an 8-0 run to cut the Ephs lead in half. However, the Ephs fired back with a run of their own to bring their lead back to double digits. At the half, the Ephs led 47-33.
The Ephs were shooting 71.4% from the field and nailed 1 of 4 three-point attempts in the first 20 minutes. Kyle Scadlock (17 Points, seven rebounds) and Bobby Casey (10 points, two assists) led the way for the Ephs in the first half. On the other end, the Mules shot 42.4% from the field and knocked down 6 of their 16 three-point attempts. Leading the way for Colby was Sean Gilmore (10 points, three rebounds) and Wallace Tucker (8 points, 4-7 FG).
The Ephs held a twenty-point led with 13:50 left in the game, but the Mules made a dent in the Ephs' lead with an 8-0 run. The Mules continued to crawl their way back into the game, eventually bringing the Eph lead down to seven; however, the Ephs would hold on to win 84-68.
"I think that's what you are hoping to be at 21 games into the year, but Colby can do that to you," said Eph head coach Kevin App. "They can put up points in a hurry."Oour veteran leadership stepped up and made some plays. Kyle had a big three down the stretch, I thought Marcos Soto and Michael Kempton played one of the best games of their career. They really stepped up, and the guys kept their poise and knew we'd hopefully make some plays down the stretch."
The Ephs finished shooting 60.4% from the field and knocked down 4 of 14 attempts from deep. Kyle Scadlock (26 points, ten rebounds), Bobby Casey (20 points, seven assists) and Matthew Karpowicz (16 points, four rebounds) led the way for the Ephs. The Mules were led by Sean Gilmore (17 points, five rebounds), Sam Jefferson (15 points, six rebounds) and Wallace Tucker (14 points, 7-15 FG).
"I was really really proud of how our group traveled up to Colby," added App. "We're a great team that's playing phenomenal basketball right now and with James Heskett out. I thought our senior class really stepped up and led on the court and then with our energy to find a way to win on the road. Kevin App also wanted to congratulate women's head coach Pat Manning on winning her 500thcareer win.
The Ephs' next game is tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.