Brunswick, ME –The Williams College Ephs (19-3, NESCAC 6-2) were defeated in overtime 78-77by the Bowdoin Polar Bears (13-8, NESCAC 3-5).
After leading the Ephs by only 1 point with 5:25 left in the first half, the Polar Bears would catch fire from behind the arc knocking down 3 of four attempts to close out the half and eventually leading them to a 40-33 lead over the Ephs after twenty minutes.
The Ephs shot 54.2% from the floor and knocked down 5 of 9 attempts from behind the arc. James Heskett led the Ephs with 14 points in the first half. The Polar Bears shot 53.3% from the field and nailed 8 of 15 three-point attempts. They were led by Jack Simonds (14 points, two assists) and David Reynolds (11 points, four rebounds).
The Ephs would erase the 7-point deficit early in the second half, and the two teams would trade the lead several times throughout the half. With under a minute left in the second half, Kyle Scadlock would put the Ephs up 72-70, but on the next possession, Zavier Rucker would tie the game with a jump shot. The Ephs had an opportunity to seal the game, but James Heskett could not convert on his three-point attempt.
With under a minute left in overtime, James Heskett would put the Ephs up 77-75. The Polar Bears would get the last opportunity of the game, and Jack Simonds found Sam Grad in the corner for a 3-pointer that would go in and win the game for the Polar Bears 78-77.
"It was a well-played back and forth game," commented head coach Kevin App on today's game. "We both came out hot and stayed hot for most of the game. I thought our guys responded and picked it up and put ourselves in a great position to win multiple times and unfortunately the last shot didn't go our way."
The Ephs finished the game shooting 56.4% from the field and knocked down 8 of 21 attempts from deep. James Heskett (21 points, 8-14 FG), Bobby Casey (14 points, five assists) and Kyle Scadlock (14 points, seven rebounds) led the way for the Ephs. The Polar Bears would finish the game shooting 52.6% from the field and nailed 15 of 28 3-point attempts. Jack Simonds would end with a game-high 32 points for the Polar Bears.
"Nothing changes too much," stated coach App on his team's mindset heading into the final game of the season, "We want to use this next week to keep moving forward and keep getting better. This time of year, we keep preaching to take it one game at a time."
The Ephs next game will be on February 8th when they host Amherst College at 7 p.m.