WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – All five starters reached double figures to lead No. 4 Williams past No. 5 Trinity, 88-77, in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game on Saturday.
Williams will meet No. 3 Amherst in a NESCAC Semifinal at Hamilton College on Saturday (Feb. 23), while No. 2 Hamilton will host No. 8 Tufts in the other semifinal. The Continentals defeated No. 7 Colby, 93-88, while Tufts upset No. 1 Middlebury, 85-76.
Kyle Scadlock scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Ephs. He was perfect from the field (5-for-5) and went 10-for-15 from the charity stripe. Matt Karpowicz and Bobby Casey added 19 points each, while James Heskett chipped in 16 points and Henry Feinberg rounded out the scoring for the Ephs with 13 points.
Joe Bell came off the bench to pace the Bantams with a team-high 17 points in 24 minutes. Jorden Donald added a double-double with 12 points and game-high 11 rebounds, while Nick Seretta and Colin Donovan also reached double-figures, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Trinity jumped out to an 8-1 lead to begin the game, but a 7-0 spurt by the Ephs pushed them back in front 15-14 with 13:47 left in the first half. The teams traded leads throughout the first stanza. A pair of free throws by Karpowicz gave Williams a nine-point lead with just under three minutes remaining in the half. Trinity cut the lead to four when Donovan made three free throws with 1:55 left. The Ephs scored twice down the stretch to take a 40-34 lead at the break. Karpowicz led Williams with 15 points and nine rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
Williams pushed its lead to 13 points in the opening minutes of the second half. Trinity countered with an 11-4 run to make it a two-possession game and a 3-pointer by Bell at the 9:29 mark tied the game up at 59-59. A second 3-pointer by Bell on Trinity’s next possession pushed the Bantams ahead, 62-59, giving them their first lead of the game since the first half with 8:47 left in the contest.
The Ephs regained the lead, 67-66, with under five minutes remaining following a three-point play by Scadlock. Bell converted a three-point play of his own to put Trinity back in the lead, 69-67 with 4:42 left. Karpowicz converted a layup, but missed the free throw on a three-point play opportunity to knot the score up at 69. Casey scored five straight points for the Ephs to give them a 74-69 advantage with 2:35 to play, then Heskett converted a three-point play to give Williams a 77-71 lead with 1:44 showing on the clock.
Trinity’s Christian Porydzy hit a clutch 3-pointer to pull the Bantams back within three, 77-74, with 1:07 left. The Ephs made 11 of 12 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.