Courtesy of Williams Sports Information
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Williams (21-6) opened NCAA play with a win over Husson, 86-60, to advance to the second round. The Ephs, who hosted the game at Chandler Gymnasium, are now 21-6 while Husson concludes its season with a record of 17-11.
Points were hard to come by in the first half. With just under 12 minutes remaining, Eph forward Kyle Scadlock fashioned a 6-0 run with two free throws, a rebound he took coast to coast for the layup, and another basket to extend Williams' lead to 17-9. With 9:38 left in the half, Husson's Justin Thompson hit two free throws and Corey Kaiser nailed a layup to narrow the Eph lead, 19-17. Later in the half, Matt Karpowicz followed up a Bobby Casey miss and Williams owned an eight-point lead before Husson answered with a DJ Bussey jumper. Karpowics again scored inside and Williams took a 31-25 lead into the intermission.
Williams scored on its first six possessions of the second half. Two free throws from James Heskett gave Williams a 39-30 lead before Heskett buried a three from in front of the Eph bench. Williams had its largest lead, 42-30, with 17:11 left in the second half.
Casey nailed a three-pointer from the left corner and Williams owned a 16-point lead, 46-30 with 16:09 left. Heskett added another three.
The play of the night came from a one-handed jam by Henry Feinberg off of a missed three-pointer that brought the crowd to its feet and put Williams up 52-34 with 14:28 left. A Jovan Jones three with just under six minutes left boosted the Eph lead to 31 points, 77-46. Williams shot 70% from the field in the second half (19-27) to take control.
With the win, the Ephs advance to play Gwynedd Mercy Saturday at 7:00 P.M. at Chandler Gymnasium. The Griffins downed Plattsburgh State 73-65 in the other first round contest.
DJ Bussey led the Eagles 13 points, while both Justin Thompson and Justin Martin both grabbed a team high six rebounds.
The Ephs had four players in double figures with Heskett leading with 19. Karpowicz netted 17, Casey had 16 and Scadlock added a dozen points to go with a game-high 10 rebounds.