Williamstown, MA –The Williams College Ephs (19-4, NESCAC 6-3) were defeated by the Amherst College Mammoths (19-3, NESCAC 6-2) 84-79 in a battle between two NESCAC heavyweights.
The two colleges met for the 225thgame in the series and heading into today's matchup the Ephs led the series 121-104.
After trailing by seven early in the game, the Mammoths battled back to tie the game at 28-28 with just under 5 minutes left in half. However, Senior Bobby Casey would catch fire late and score 10 of the Ephs last 12 points in the half. The Ephs would outscore the Mammoths 12-7 in the final five minutes of the half leading to a 40-35 lead at the half.
Both teams were shooting well with the Ephs shooting 46.7% from the field and 50% from behind the arc, while the Mammoths shot 46.9% from the field but were only 10% from behind the arc. Bobby Casey, James Heskett, and Kyle Scadlock led the Ephs in scoring with10 points apiece in the first twenty minutes of action. Garrett Day led the Mammoths in scoring with 7 points, and C.J. Bachmann was working his way to a double-double with 6 points and eight rebounds.
With 10:57 left in the game, the game was tied at 52-52. Eric Sellew started a 14-2 run that lasted just under 5 minutes and put the Mammoths up 68-54 with 6:10 left in the game. The Ephs would chip away at the Mammoths lead throughout the half, bring the game to within two scores with 35 seconds left in the game. Despite the Ephs best efforts, they were unable to get the advantage, and the Mammoths went on to win 84-79.
"Both teams played really hard; we just went through a little stretch where a couple of shots in the paint didn't go in." Coach App commented on the Amherst 14-2 run.
The Ephs finished the game shooting 40.9% from the field and knocked down 9 of 25 attempts from deep. Bobby Casey led all players in scoring with 29 points. Kyle Scadlock finished the game with 17 points and seven rebounds. The Mammoths shot 50.8% from the field and knocked down only 4 of 20 3-pt attempts. Grant Robinson led the Mammoths with 18 points and five rebounds.
"We haven't been in this situation yet this year, where we drop the first game. We have to see how this group responds." Coach App commented on tomorrow's game, "but we've been in this situation before, it's very reminiscent of last year. So, I think they will be fired up to honor our six seniors with some intensity and emotion tomorrow."
The Ephs next game will be on February 9that 3 p.m. against Hamilton College.