WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams College men's basketball team held service at home this weekend.
The Ephs swept a home series Sunday afternoon, holding off Bowdoin 76-65.
"To be in the top half of your league, you have to take care of your home court," Williams coach Kevin App said after the game. "That was our focus, and I'm really proud of our guys."
The Ephs (11-5, 2-2 in NESCAC) had entered the weekend having been swept on the road by NESCAC rivals Amherst and Trinity.
Williams led 41-30 at halftime thanks to a 19-8 run over the final 7:38. But the Polar Bears (8-5, 1-2) came back and took a 48-45 lead on a jumper by Lucas Hausman. But the Ephs' Kyle Scadlock hit a basket, cutting the lead to one. Then Hausman missed a 3-pointer, Chris Galvin got the defensive rebound and hit freshman James Heskett for a trey. That gave Williams the lead, and the Ephs never trailed again.
Dan Aronowitz had 19 points to lead Williams, and Cole Teal added 17. Aronowitz had a double-double, pulling down 11 rebounds. Hausman had a game-high 26 for Bowdoin.
BOWDOIN 74, WILLIAMS WOMEN 62
BRUNSWICK, MAINE >> Twelve days ago, Pat Manning's team was 10-1 and riding high. Monday Morning, the Ephs find themselves on the short end of a 1-3 stretch.
Sunday wrapped up a lost weekend in Maine, as host Bowdoin (13-4, 3-1) led wire-to-wire.
The Ephs (11-4, 1-3) were outscored 23-8 in the first quarter, as Bowdoin jumped out to an 8-0 lead. The last two points of that 8-0 run were scored at the foul line by Lydia Caputi, the daughter of former Bowdoin football coach and one-time Williams offensive coordinator Dave Caputi.
"The problems that we are having as a team right now are very fixable," said Manning. "It's still just the middle of the season. We're still a work in progress."
Amanni Fernandez had a game-high 23 points and five assists for the Ephs, while Katie Litman added 12. Devon Caveney was held to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting from the floor. She was 1 of 8 from outside the 3-point arc.
Bowdoin's Shannon Brady had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. >> Four Williams wrestlers won weight-class championships at the Plymouth State Open.
Matt Morris, Tim Garripoli, Chris Chorzepa and Anthony Brooks all won titles. Sebastian Dziadkiewicz suffered a medical forfeit against Brooks in the final at 197 pounds.
Morris won the tourney title at 125 with a pin of Christian Alcoine from Springfield Technical Community College in 1 minute, 18 seconds. Garripoli decisioned Clay Callahan of Plymouth State 7-5, while Chorzepa scored a technical fall over MIT's Joseph Lowman 16-1.
Finishing third for Williams were Gabriel Corrocharo at 141 and Alex Pankhurst at 149.
WATERVILLE, MAINE >> In the opening winter carnival of the season, the Williams ski teams combined to finish fifth at the Bates Carnival.
The University of Vermont won with 719 points. Williams finished with 409 points, only behind of Colby.
Hannah Hunsacker was 10th overall in the alpine competition and Eli Hoenig was fourth in the skating technique nordic race.
High School Hockey
WOODSTOCK ACADEMY 15, TACONIC 2
POMFRET, CONN. >> Nikos Gian and Kevin Quinto each scored for Taconic in the team's loss to Woodstock Academy on Saturday night.
Gian, Connor Champoux and Kyle Crocker each contributed assists for the Braves.
Woodstock Academy led, 6-1, after one period.