MEDFORD – The sixth seeded Williams College men's basketball team upset top seeded Tufts, 81-65, Saturday afternoon in Cousens Gym in the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament. The Ephs had five different players in double digits, including a double-double from Kyle Scadlock.
|KJ Garrett was the point leader with 14 for the Jumbos on Saturday|
Williams advances to the finals of the NESCAC Tournament, and will face off with the winner of the game between second seeded Middlebury and fifth seeded Trinity. The Jumbos fall to 20-6 with the loss and will await a potential at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Ephs took and early lead but the Jumbos wouldn't go away. Trailing 12-5 the Jumbos got a three from junior Vincent Pace to bring them within four, 12-8, and then a jumper from senior tri-captain Tarik Smith and a three from junior KJ Garrett gave the Jumbos their first lead of the game, 13-12 with 13:50 remaining in the period.
Williams responded right away with two from Chris Galvin to take the lead back. A three from Bobby Casey shortly after gave the Ephs the 17-13 advantage. Once again the Jumbos responded, and a three from sophomore Ethan Feldman brought them within one, 19-18 about halfway through the half. The Jumbos stayed close, but it was Williams that took the 39-35 advantage into the break.
Both teams shot similarly in the first half, with Williams making 50 percent of their shots and the Jumbos shooting 44.4 percent from the field. The Ephs had the advantage in rebounds 23-11.
The Jumbos came out of the half and after a miss from Pace, junior Beg Engvall brought down the rebound and followed up with a layup to bring the Jumbos within two, 39-37. But, Marcos Soto answered with a three for the Ephs that gave them the 42-37 advantage and they would hold onto the lead for a good portion of the second half.
With 8:30 left in the game Daniel Aronowitz sunk a three that gave the Ephs a 61-55 advantage. The Jumbos got two free throws from Feldman, followed by a three from junior Thomas Lapham, and a three from Garrett gave the Jumbos their first lead of the half, 63-61, with 7:41 left in the game. Casey would tie it with a layup about a minute later and the two teams traded points.
With things locked at 65 with 4:51 left in the game, Aronowitz made two free throws to give the Ephs a lead they would not let go of. They then scored 16 unanswered points to pick up the 81-65 win. Untimely turnovers and a strong Eph defense did not allow the Jumbos to cut that lead.
Scadlock finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Mike Greenman scored 14 points, Aronowitz added 13 points and eight rebounds and Soto finished the day with 11 points. For the Jumbos, Garrett was the leader with 14 points, while Smith tallied 13 and junior Everett Dayton finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
The Ephs shot 46.8 percent from the field on the day, compared to the Jumbos 37.3 percent. Williams also had the advantage in rebounds, 48-29.
Williams advances to the tournament final to be played on Sunday at 12 pm. The Jumbos will await a possible at large berth into the NCAA Tournament.