HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Williams College men's basketball team tuned up for today's battle against rival Amherst with a decisive Friday night win.
Taylor Epley led Williams with 19 points as the fifth-ranked Ephs defeated Trinity 80-60. While Williams was rolling past the Bantams, eighth-ranked Amherst jumped out to a quick lead and beat Hamilton 91-73. It was the NESCAC opener for both teams.
The Ephs and Lord Jeffs will meet this afternoon in the second game of a men's and women's doubleheader at LeFrak Gymnasium in Amherst. The men's game is set to begin at 4 p.m.
It was a wire-to-wire victory for Williams, as the Ephs jumped out to a 11-1 lead in the first three minutes and held Trinity off the rest of the way.
Mike Mayer, just now rounding into shape after suffering an early-season ankle injury, scored on a lay-up and then blocked Shay Ajayi's drive to the hoop. Duncan Robinson got the rebound and the ball eventually found its way to Daniel Wohl, who hit a 3-point shot.
Williams led 43-22 at halftime, and kept the Bantams at arm's length the rest of the way.
It was an efficient offensive night for Williams, who registered 16 assists and only seven turnovers.
Mayer had 13 points for Williams and Hayden Rooke-Ley had 11 among the starters. Ryan Kilcullen came off the bench to score 13 points in 12 minutes.
Jaquann Starks and Rick Naylor had 11 points each for Trinity.
Trinity 65, Williams women 49
Williams has made its mark with good shooting and solid defense. On Friday, the Ephs held the Bantams to 41.4 percent shooting from the floor, but shot only 12 of 59 (20.3 percent) and were 4 for 20 (20 percent) from 3-point range.
Trinity held Williams to 17 points in the first half and led 28-17 at halftime. The Ephs got no closer in the second half.
Ellen Cook had 16 points to lead Williams, but she was the Ephs' only double-digit scorer. Three Bantams, led by Hannah Brickley's 16 points, scored in double figures.
Williams will play third-ranked Amherst today at 2 p.m. The Jeffs got a team-high 15 points from Ali Doswell in a 60-35 win over Hamilton.
College hockey: Williams men 3, Wesleyan 2
WILLIAMSTOWN -- For the second time in as many games, a slapshot by Williams defenseman Frankie Mork proved to be the difference for the Ephs.
Mork, whose shot from the point Tuesday night was deflected in by George Hunkele in the Fenway Park win over Trinity, sent another slapper goalward in the third period against Wesleyan on Friday. This time, it was Matt Doyle who deflected the puck past Cardinals goalie Dawson Sprigings and helped the Ephs (8-1-2, 6-0-2 in NESCAC) remain in first place in the conference.
The game was tied 1-1 when Mork scored an unassisted goal at 4:11 of the third period. Two minutes later, Doyle got credit for the game winner.
Wesleyan's James Kline scored a power-play goal at 11:37, but the Cardinals (7-3-1, 2-3-0) could not get the equalizer.
Sean Dougherty had 27 saves for the Ephs.