Williams College center Michael Mayer (44) has been named to the All-NESCAC men’s basketball first team.
Williams College center Michael Mayer (44) has been named to the All-NESCAC men’s basketball first team. (Gillian Jones / New England Newspapers)

HADLEY -- Two Williams College men's basketball players have earned All-NESCAC honors.

Junior center Michael Mayer was named to the first team, while junior forward Taylor Epley was named to the second team.

The All-NESCAC teams are determined in a vote by the conference's coaches.

Mayer, a junior from Durham, N.C., made the first team by averaging 17.4 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game. His rebounding average leads NESCAC.

In addition, he shoots 57.1 percent from the floor. He is third in field goal percentage and third in scoring.

Epley, a junior from Louisville, Ky., was second in the regular season with a 18.1 scoring average. He was second on the team with a .432 shooting percentage from 3-point range, and second on the team in playing 33 minutes per game.

NESCAC champion Amherst got the player and the coach-of-the-year honors.

Aaron Toomey, a senior guard from Greensboro, N.C., is the player of the year. Toomey led the Lord Jeffs at 17.1 points and 5.1 assists per game. He led his team to consecutive conference tournament championships.

Dave Hixon was named coach of the year for the third time in his career. The Lord Jeffs went through NESCAC undefeated, beating Tufts in the semifinals and Williams in the NESCAC championship game. He was also named coach of the year in 2001 and 2005.

Hixon is in his his 36th season at his alma mater.


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