Courtesy of Williams Sports Information
CLINTON, N.Y. – Christopher Newport (29-3) earned a 79-70 victory over Williams (23-7) in an NCAA Quarterfinal match at Hamilton College on Saturday evening.
With both teams coming off hard-fought victories on Friday, the Ephs and Captains struggled to find a rhythm on the offensive end early in the game. After junior Matt Karpowicz finished a layup inside to score the game's first points, the Captains reeled off an 8-2 run to build a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game.
Though Williams struggled to take care of the ball, solid shooting and an impressive individual effort from Kyle Scadlock helped the Ephs stay close. The Ephs never trailed by more than seven in the first half. With 2:33 remaining, Bobby Casey had two free throw attempts to tie the game at 28-28 but missed the second attempt and the Captains took a 32-30 lead into the break.
Christopher Newport's Tyler Femi drilled a three to put the Captains up 35-30 in the opening minutes of the second half. A layup by Savonte Chappell pushed CNU's lead to 40-32 with 15:52 on the clock. Marcos Soto drilled a three from the top of the arc to bring the Ephs within three, 46-43, with 11:22 left. But the Captains' Jason Aigner responded with a three of his own to push their lead back to six.
A layup by Marcus Carter with 3:21 remaining extended Christopher Newport's lead to 13. Williams responded with a timely 4-0 run, but another layup by Carter with 2:17 left increased the lead back to double digits. The Ephs trimmed the Captains' advantage back to six, 76-70, on Casey's first 3-pointer of the game with 18 seconds left. Christopher Newport was able to seal the victory by making three of four free throws in the closing seconds.
Casey finished out his career with 18 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Scadlock added 13 points and nine rebounds.
Carter scored a game-high 27 points to go with five rebounds, five assists, and three steals to pace Christopher Newport. Chappell added 17 points off the bench.
The Williams seniors finished their careers with a record of 84-32 (.724), which included trips to the NCAA Final Four (2017), NCAA Elite Eight (2019), and a NESCAC Championship (2018).