Last weekend, men’s basketball (19-3, 7-1 in the NESCAC) downed both Tufts and Bates at home in the seniors’ final two home games of the regular season. The Ephs demolished the Jumbos 93-70 on Saturday after besting the Bobcats 92-70 on Friday night. On Feb. 4, the men also beat Stevens 83-68. Since Jan. 22, Williams has gone 3-1 in NESCAC play, including a victory over Hamilton 88-68 on Jan. 25 and a loss to Amherst on Jan. 22 in a tightly contested 82-70 game.
Saturday was Senior Day for the men, and the 93-70 pounding of Tufts was a fantastic way for the five seniors to celebrate. The game was fairly close for much of the first half and was tied at 23 with just about five minutes to go when Duncan Robinson ’17 hit a three from the top of the arc while being fouled at the same time. He then made his free throw attempt to secure the four-point play. Robinson continued to contribute, draining both shots of a one-and-one and another three-pointer before the half ended. The Jumbos only managed a lone field goal in the waning minutes of the half, while Daniel Aronowitz ’17 finished off a three-point play and co-captain John Weinheimer ’14 had a gorgeous dunk to send the Ephs into halftime with a formidable 44-25 lead.
The second half started competitively, with both teams scoring right away. Tufts went on a small run, cutting the men’s lead to 16 points, but Williams’ scoring ability allowed the men to run away with the game as the half wore on, winning by a 23-point margin with a score of 93-70.
Robinson had 25 points for the Ephs, including 16 in the first half, and he went nine for 12 from the floor. Co-captain Michael Mayer ’14 notched 23 points, and
both he and Robinson turned in double-double performances with 10 rebounds apiece.
On Friday, the men defeated Bates 92-70. Once again, the opening half was close, and the Ephs found themselves down 29-28 with six minutes to play in the first. However, in the next few possessions, Mayer finished a lay-up, and Robinson and Weinheimer each added two points from the paint, bringing the score to 35-28. Mike Greenman ’17 then hit a three and minutes later added a lay-up. Robinson made a three-pointer, while Daniel Wohl ’15 finished a lay-up and Mayer made two free throws to close out the half and give the Ephs a 49-44 advantage.
To start the second half, the men went on a 12-0 run with four points from Mayer helping the cause. Bates then hit back and cut the men’s deficit to 11, but Ryan Kilcullen ’15 hit a three to halt any potential momentum the Bobcats may have procured and put the score at 64-50. The Ephs ran away with the game in the end, finishing with a 92-70 victory. Mayer led the Ephs in scoring with 25 points, while Wohl added 19. The men shot 59.4-percent from the floor on the night.
“We had a real strong showing in both games this weekend. We played great team basketball and came away with two strong victories heading into the last week of conference play,” said co-captain John Weinheimer.
On Feb. 4, the men traveled to Stevens, looking to secure an important non-conference victory. The teams traded threes to start the game, with Robinson knocking one down just 32 seconds into the game. Both teams struggled to take a commanding lead in the first half, and the Ephs went to the locker room trailing the Ducks 33-32. Fifteen seconds into the second half, Greenman hit a three to put the Ephs up 35-32. He later knocked down another three that sparked a 15-0 run by the men, eventually giving them a 56-42 lead. Though Stevens pulled within eight points, this lead proved to be enough for the men as they held on to win 83-68.
The men won a tight conference game over Middlebury on Jan. 31, taking away a 64-61 victory on the road. Trailing 41-25 at the break, the Ephs stormed the court in the second half, outscoring the Panthers by 19 points in the second period to steal the win.
On Jan. 28, the men beat Castleton 75-62 in a non-conference match up. Robinson led the team in scoring with 20 points, while three other Ephs broke into double-digits. This win followed an 88-68 blowout of NESCAC foe Hamilton on Jan. 25. On Jan. 22, the Ephs lost a tough battle with the rival Jeffs. The men jumped out to a 21-13 lead to open the game but did not hold on, eventually losing 82-70.
The men will close the regular season this weekend with two away conference games. First, they travel to Conn. College for a game at 8 p.m. on Friday, followed by a 4 p.m. game at Wesleyan on Saturday.