Williams 91, Tufts 55

At Williamstown, MA
Friday, January 15, 2010

Game Statistics

Reed Morgan contributed five points and three rebounds off the bench for Tufts

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The 7th ranked Williams men's basketball defeated Tufts, 91-55, in the NESCAC opener for both teams on Friday night at Chandler Gymnasium.

The Ephs (13-1, 1-0 NESCAC) pushed their winning streak to four games. Co-captain Blake Schultz led the way for the Ephs with 26 points on 11 for 16 shooting from the field. Harlan Dodson was the only other Eph in double figures, scoring 11 on four for five shooting, and co- captain Joe Geoghegan added nine points and seven rebounds on the game.

Senior tri-captain Jon Pierce (Belmont, MA) and classmate Dave Beyel (Ocean City, NJ) were the only Jumbos in double figures with 16 and 12 points, respectively, while Pierce snagged a game-high nine rebounds. Tufts fell to 3-9 and 0-1.

Williams opened the game with a bang, jumping out to a 9-0 lead in the first 3:16 behind five points from Geoghegan and forcing Tufts coach Bob Sheldon to call a time-out. The Jumbos were able to fight back, cutting the lead to 11-8 with 14:13 remaining in the first half, but the Ephs responded with a 12-2 run to go up 23-10 and force another Tufts timeout.

The stoppage did little to curtail the Ephs' attack this time, as a Schultz lay-up with 8:06 to go made the score 27-12 , but the Jumbos were able to go on a 9-2 run to make the score 29-21 with 3:10 to play. It was then that Schultz took over the
game, scoring eight of the Ephs' next 10 points and going three for three from the field to make the score 39-23 before a Geoghegan ally-oop lay-up off an inbound as time expired made the score 41-23 headed into the break.

The Ephs held the Jumbos to a meager 35 percent shooting and forced 10 turnovers in the first half. Meanwhile, the Jumbos did a decent job against the Eph offense, which was not as prolific as normal in the first 20 minutes, making 46 percent of its shots.

That changed in the second half, as the Ephs scored another 12 points in the first four minutes, capped by a Dodson fast-break dunk that caused the Jumbos to again stop play and made the score 52-30. With 13:50 to play, the Ephs found themselves up 59-31, with Schultz scoring 10 of the Ephs' first 18 second-half points. With nine minutes to play, the Ephs had already scored 30 second-half points and had put the game out of reach for the Jumbos, leading 71-41.

No Williams starter remained in the game after the 8:44 mark. The Ephs nevertheless continued to stretch their lead, ultimately winning by the 36-point margin of 91-55. Brian Emerson led the way for the Ephs in the final nine minutes of the game, scoring seven points, while Mike Moorestein and James Klemm added four

Williams ultimately shot 65 percent from the field in the second half while continuing its strong defensive play, keeping Tufts to 36 percent shooting and forcing another 14 turnovers.

The Jumbos get right back at it on Saturday at 4 pm in a conference encounter at Middlebury College. The Ephs play the Bates Bobcats at 4 pm tomorrow as well.

Game release courtesy of Williams College.