Union, NY — The Union Dutchmen (5-3) downed the Williams College Ephs (5-5) by a score of 79-69 on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, Union remains undefeated at home this season.
"You always prefer to learn when you win; we've unfortunately learned through some close, tough losses," Eph head coach Kevin App stated after the game.
Union got off to a fast start, with four players hitting three-pointers in the first six minutes of play. The Ephs called a timeout down 17-5 with 14:08 remaining in the half.
Cole Prowitt-Smith grabbed back to back offensive rebounds for the Ephs, dribbling the second one out behind the arc. He hit a trey as the shot clock expired to cut the deficit to 19-13 with 10:46 left in the first half.
The strong shooting continued for the home team, as Mike Concannon knocked down a three-pointer for the Dutchmen. Union took a timeout up 22-15.
The Dutchmen would take a 40-30 lead into the break after shooting 10-21 from downtown. Andrew Laub led Union with 11 points. Prowitt-Smith had a team high eight for the Ephs, who shot 44 percent from the field in the half.
The score differential did not change significantly in the first nine minutes of the second half. When Union called a full timeout with 10:59 to play leading 55-46, Matt Karpowicz and Alex Stoddard had scored all 16 Eph points in the half. Henry Feinberg closed the gap to five points at 55-50 with a layup, but Jackson Mannix hit from deep to secure an eight point lead for the Dutchmen.
Feinberg converted an and-one with 6:28 left off of a Stoddard steal, cutting the lead to four. The Ephs forced Laub to step out of bounds, and Feinberg hit yet again on the offensive end to make the score 62-60.
Two baskets from Union pushed their advantage to 65-58, but Stoddard responded with his fourth three-pointer of the game. Prowitt-Smith drove down the lane and hit a layup after an Eph stop, cutting Union's lead to 65-63 with 3:23 to go.
That was as close as the Ephs would come, with the Dutchmen closing out the game on a 14-6 run.
Laub finished with 18 points for Union, while Nate Freeman had 16. As a team, the Dutchmen shot 47 percent from the field.
Karpowicz had 22 for the Ephs, the second highest point total of his Williams career. He also pulled in six rebounds. Stoddard added 14 points for the Ephs, who shot 50 percent as a squad from the floor.
"Today was another close game down the stretch where we just have to play through and be willing to get a big stop in the final minutes. Especially on the road, when the other team is shooting the ball well and making shots, we have to have the discipline to stick with it," App said.
"Our poise on the offensive end at times led to some turnovers, and we kind of got away from some of the things we had been doing well offensively," he continued.
The Ephs are back at Chandler Gym on Monday, January 6, as they take on Fitchburg St. in their first home game since December 7.
"We continue to show fight, we just need to tighten up a lot of little details and not dig ourselves holes on the road. I continue to be proud of our ability to stay together and make plays, we just have to stay locked in on some other areas. We're looking forward to getting back after it in Chandler on Monday night."