Eph men, women sweep Hamilton in NESCAC basketball
Berkshire Eagle Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Four Williams players scored in double figures as the ninth-ranked Ephs bounced back from Wednesday’s loss to Amherst with an 88-68 win over Hamilton on Saturday afternoon
The Ephs (14-3, 4-1 in NESCAC) led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but saw that lead shrink to 53-52 on a jumper by Matt Hart with 12:32 left in the game.
Mike Mayer, who finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds, then started a 10-0 run that put the Ephs comfortably ahead.
Duncan Robinson had a game-high 24 points for Williams, while freshman point guard Mike Greenman scored eight points and had a career-high seven assists. Hart had 20 to lead Hamilton (9-9, 1-4).
Williams women 66, Hamilton 49
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The 16th-ranked Ephs (16-2, 3-2) won their fourth straight game in the opener of the NESCAC doubleheader.
It was the Williams defense that won this game, as the Ephs held the visiting Continentals (7-9, 1-4) to three baskets and 11 points over the first 14 minutes.
It took Williams more than two minutes to get on the board. But when Ellen Cook (18 points) took the lid off the basket with a 3-point shot, the Ephs got rolling. They jumped out to a 12-2 lead with 12:28 left in the first half, and never trailed.
Kellie Macdonald had a game-high 19 points for Williams and MaryKate O’Brien added 12. Oge Uwanaka scored only six points, but had a team-high 12 rebounds.
Westfield men 83, MCLA 60
WESTFIELD -- John Jones scored 24 points but the Trailblazers (4-12, 1-3 in MASCAC) dropped a decision at Westfield.
The Owls (8-8, 1-3) won their first conference game behind 26 points from Grant Cooper.
Westfield led 37-18 at halftime.
Jones was 8 for 13 from the field, but the rest of the Trailblazers were an icy 12 of 48. The Trailblazers shot 5 of 22 from behind the 3-point arc.
Westfield women 79, MCLA 64
WESTFIELD -- With 1:40 left in the first half, the Trailblazers (4-13, 0-5) were behind by four points against MASCAC leader Westfield (11-7, 4-1).
But the Owls outscored the Trailblazers 9-1 to take a double-digit lead into the locker room. MCLA never recovered.
Kaitlyn Chenevert led MCLA with 16 points while freshman Kayla Hotaling had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Forbasaw Nkamebo had 16 points for Westfield.
Williams women 4, Colby 0
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Ephs have now won four straight, and freshman goalie Margaret Draper has been in goal for all four.
She notched her second shutout in her last three games and has given up only one goal in her last 115 minutes and 45 seconds of play. She made 13 saves.
Andrea Heller’s power-play goal at 4:36 of the first period put Williams (9-6-1, 6-1-1) ahead for keeps. Cristina Bravi had a pair of goals for the Ephs, who outshot Colby (5-6-2, 3-6-1) 41-13.
Williams men 2, Bowdoin 1
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The eighth-ranked Ephs bounced back from Friday’s loss at Colby with a hard-fought win.
Paul Steinig scored at 9:54 of the first period for Williams (11-3-2, 7-1-2) and that goal held up until Bowdoin’s Matt Rubinoff scored at 8:07 of the third.
The game appeared headed for overtime when Tyler Young scored at 17:26.
Sean Dougherty had 23 saves for Williams. Steve Messina had 42 saves, including 24 in the first period, for Bowdoin (10-5-2, 6-5-1).
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