NORTH ADAMS, MA -- The Williams College Ephs (4-1) took down the MCLA Trailblazers (3-4) by a score of 87-57 in a local matchup on Tuesday evening. Spencer Spivy scored a career high 22 points to lift the Ephs to victory.
For the first ten minutes of the game, MCLA's zone defense gave the Ephs struggles. Said Ephs' Head Coach Kevin App, "Early on we were shooting one or two-pass shots. Once we started to move the ball and attack a little bit, we were getting some better shots."
With the Ephs holding a narrow 15-13 advantage, Spivy hit a jump shot that sparked a 15-0 run for the Ephs, increasing their lead to 30-13 with 6:26 to play in the half. Mickey Babek finished two layups in that span, while Spivy contributed five points. The Ephs finished off the half strong, building a 19 point lead at the break.
Although Williams managed to build a comfortable lead, the Trailblazers' zone forced the Ephs to shoot from the perimeter, from which they made 5 of 23 (21.7%) in the first half. MCLA shot 2-11 (18.2%) from long range.
MCLA came out of the gate fast in the second half, cutting the deficit to 14 points after scoring on their first two possessions behind baskets from Noah Yearsley and Mike Demartinis. This was the extent of the Trailblazers' comeback, as Spivy answered with two treys, regaining a 19 point lead for the Ephs. Said Spivy, "The best way to beat a zone is to shoot them out of it. Myself, Alex [Stoddard], and Mickey [Babek] all let it fly from deep."
Spivy led the way for the Ephs with 13 points in the second half on 3-4 shooting from the perimeter. His 22 points for the game were the most of either team. First-year Alex Stoddard added 12 points in 24 minutes of play for the Ephs.
"The first few games have been kind of ugly for me, but I just keep shooting and staying positive," said Spivy.
Speaking on the sophomore guard, App remarked, "He knows how to put the ball into the hoop. He's going through that normal learning process of doing it every night and not putting too much pressure on himself. I think that's the normal Spencer we're going to start seeing."
Yearsley scored the most Trailblazer points with nine, while teammates Quran Davis and Hayden Bird each put up eight.
Williams returns to action on the road Sunday against Albertus Magnus at 2 p.m.
"I'm definitely proud of the guys to go into Thanksgiving break getting a couple wins, but I still feel our best basketball is in front of us," said App.