HARTFORD, CONN. — The Williams College Ephs (10-10/3-4 NESCAC) were defeated by the Trinity Bantams (14-6/4-2 NESCAC) 73-60 on Saturday afternoon. The Ephs could not recover from a 17 point deficit over the final 8:28, as three Bantams scored 15 or more points in the victory.
Said Eph head coach Kevin App, "I thought today [our effort and enthusiasm] were there for the most part, but we just didn't execute at certain times. For the most part guys were playing hard, but you also have to play well to win on the road. When we did what we talked about and played with some pace and got the ball moving, we got some open looks, but just didn't knock them down. When the first few didn't go down, I thought we got a little more tense and moved away from some of our principles."
The game commenced with Colin Donovan nailing a three-pointer for the Bantams on their opening offensive possession. Williams would then play from behind for the next ten minutes, though the gap did not exceed four points.
Matt Karpowicz tied the game for the Ephs when he hit a layup in traffic to knot the score at 16 with 10:42 to go in the half. The teams then exchanged two pairs of layups, and the game was tied at 20.
Kyle Padmore reeled off four of the next five Trinity points, and Donald Jorden hit two consecutive layups. This capped off a 12-3 run for the Bantams, and they led 32-23 with 1:17 left in the first. Karpowicz sunk a jumper from just outside the paint to get two points back, and the teams went into the locker rooms with Trinity holding a 32-25 edge.
Padmore's eight points led all players in the half, as Trinity shot 38% from the field. Karpowicz and Jovan Jones each contributed six points for the Ephs, who shot 36% as a team.
Karpowicz found the hoop courtesy of a turnaround hook for the first Eph points of the second half. Henry Feinberg hit a trey three-pointer from the corner 30 seconds later to make the score 34-30.
Just as the Ephs seemed to be making a surge, Trinity caught fire. Two straight three-pointers from Joseph Bell ignited a 13-1 run for the Bantams, and Williams took a timeout down 47-31 with 13:11 remaining.
"All year, we've been talking about this team learning how to not let a 4-0 run turn into a 10-0 run, and you do that by executing on offense and sticking with the intensity defensively," App said. "I didn't think we did either great for stretches."
The Ephs battled over the final period, but Trinity consistently matched Eph baskets with buckets of their own. For instance, a Spencer Spivy three-pointer with 10:53 remaining cut the deficit to ten, but Donovan immediately answered with a trey of his own. Likewise, Karpowicz converted an and-one to pull the Ephs within 12 with 5:41 to go, only for the Bantams to go down and hit a layup on the other end.
The Ephs took a timeout down 64-50 with 3:46 to play. Trinity, however, was able to break the Ephs' full-court press. Kyle Padmore nailed the dagger with a three-point-play to put the Bantams up 17 with 2:27 to go.
The Bantams held on to win 73-60 behind 18 points from Donovan. Jorden had 16 points and eight boards, while Padmore added 15 points. That trio combined to shoot 21-35 (60%) from the floor.
Of their performance, App commented, "They're a physical team and have lots of experienced upperclassmen, and I thought during a couple stretches we let that kind of take away from some of our poise. This is the time of year when you start to see upperclassmen play at a high level. A few of those are on Trinity now, and they just had a big weekend and are playing with confidence at home. They're hard to guard at this time of year."
For Williams, Karpowicz scored 15 points on 6-12 shooting. Cole Prowitt-Smith had 13 after going 9-9 from the free throw line, while Feinberg netted ten points. The Ephs went 20-58 (35%) from the floor.
The Ephs are back in action on Monday, February 3, as they host Yeshiva in a non-conference matchup at 6 p.m.