WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – The Williams College Ephs (3-1) ran off 15 straight points to open the second half expanding a one-point lead into a 16-point bulge on a three point shot by Cole Prowitt-Smith with 12:03 left in the second half. The Ephs led 52-36 after their run that was aided by Wesleyan (3-1) missing their first 10 shots of the second half.
Wesleyan entered the contest averaging 79.1 points a game, but their second half cold spell left them far short of that total with the Ephs posting a 77-52 win.
The Cardinals first bucket of the second half came 8:25 into the final session when Gabe Millstein hit a three.
Williams opened the game scoring the first seven points of the contest and opened up a 10-point lead when guard Mickey Babek hit a three and just 2:43 in and Williams was up 12-2.
Just over four minutes later Wesleyan cut the Eph lead to six when Gabe Ravetz scored inside. With 11:52 left in the first half Eph forward Alex Stoddard hit a long three from the right side, but Wesleyan answered on their next possession when Joe Delollo hit a three from the right side and the Eph lead was now 5, 18-13.
A three point jumper from guard Mike Myers gave the Ephs a 10-point cushion with 10:18 left in the half, 26-16 but Wesleyan would not go away. The Ephs then went almost three full minutes without scoring again.
Over the final six minutes the Cardinals outscored the Ephs 12-7, despite another long three by Alex Stoddard.
Wesleyan's Preston Maccoux hit a three from deep in the right corner with 33 seconds left for the last points of the half. Williams took a 37-36 lead into the intermission.
The Ephs connected on 48% of their field goals the night (24-50) and 39.1% of their threes, 9-23. Wesleyan made only 20 of 60 shots on the night for 33.3% and the Cardinals were 7 of 32 from three point range (21.9%).
Sam Peek with 12 points and Gabe Ravetz with 10 points were the only Cardinals in double figures. Preston Maccoux led the Cardinals on the glass with seven rebounds.
Tonight's contest was a Little Three contest and not a NESCAC game. The NESCAC game between these two longtime foes will be on February 7 when the Ephs travel to Middletown, Conn. to take on the Cardinals.
"I think our guys felt that on the road on Tuesday night we did not come out ready to play and they made it a point to set the tone tonight," noted Eph head coach Kevin App. "The things we wanted to be better at from Tuesday like moving the ball, getting it in the paint and kicking out was much better tonight and that got us better shots so we shot better," added App. "Defensively we're getting better at our concepts. It wasn't perfect, but we're getting there."
Next up for the Ephs is a road contest at MCLA on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM.