NEW HAVEN, CONN. -- The Albertus Magnus Falcons (5-1) downed the Williams College Ephs (4-2) by a score of 76-53 on Sunday. Falcons senior guard Jahmerikah Green-Younger led his team with 22 points on 8-18 shooting.
The Falcons jumped out to a 7-1 lead after scoring on their first three possessions. Both offenses struggled early on, and at the midway point in the first half, the Falcons led 18-11.
Green-Younger hit a three pointer to hand the Falcons a nine point lead with 8:30 to play in the first half. Two more baskets for the Falcons extended their lead to 13 and prompted a timeout from Kevin App.
Matt Karpowicz scored first coming out for the timeout. Spencer Spivy then knocked down two free throws after a technical foul by Rice Andrew, cutting the lead to single digits with 6:30 left in the half.
After a few exchanged baskets, Williams came within six points; however, the Falcons would take control for the remainder of the half, opening up a 42-29 lead at the break.
Green-Younger led Albertus Magnus with 12 points in the first period on 5-9 shooting. Spivy and Karpowicz each had six points for the Ephs. The Falcons shot 18-34 (52.9%) from the field, while the Ephs were 9-36 (25%).
Albertus-Magnus played extremely solid coming out of the locker room, and took a 20 point lead with 11:22 remaining.
Impressive playmaking and consistent free throw shooting from Cole Prowitt-Smith helped close the deficit to 14, with the Falcons up 68-54 with 6:44 left. After the Falcons regained a 17 point lead thanks to a Davon Warner three-pointer, Alex Stoddard responded with his second trey of the game. The Ephs then took a timeout down 73-59 with 4:12 to go.
The Falcons did not let their double-digit lead slip, and took home a 13 point win for their fifth consecutive victory.
"Today was another lesson on how sharp you have to be on the road against a good, NCAA Tournament team. I thought we let them speed us up a little bit in the second half, instead of executing our concepts on the offensive and defensive ends," said App.
Albertus Magnus came into the game following four straight wins, during which they averaged averaged over 100 points per game. The Eph defense held them to 76, but did not convert enough offensively.
Stoddard had 15 points for the Ephs, while Prowitt-Smith contributed 14. The Ephs finished the game 4-27 (14.7%) from behind the arc and 17-29 (58.6%) from the free throw line.
Warner added 16 points to go along with Green-Younger's 22 for the Falcons.
Said App, "What we need to learn from this game is that you have to commit to sticking to your principles — defensively in particular — to weather those storms. I thought we tried to do too much on both ends of the floor. So now you're shooting harder shots or rushing shots on offense, and on the defensive end it opened up driving lanes for them.
Williams returns to action at home on Tuesday against Fitchburg St. at 7 p.m.
"We just need to keep getting better. The first semester is about figuring about roles and seeing what we have to sharpen up. We get two more opportunities this week at home to compete and keep growing — there's no better way to go into finals and the break."