College Roundup: Williams men's basketball bounces back with rivalry win at Amherst
AMHERST — What a difference a day makes.
Less than 24 hours after dropping a heartbreaking game at Hamilton, the Williams men shocked 15th-ranked Amherst, knocking off the Mammoths 72-69 in men's basketball. The Ephs went 6 for 6 from the foul line in the final 28 seconds to lock up the victory, a win that ended a four-game Amherst winning streak.
"As a coach, you can feel you're improving and you can see all the things you're doing better in practice and in games," Williams coach Kevin App said in a release. "I think the guys have been feeling it too and maybe have been frustrated during a couple of games for not finishing. I'm really proud of, especially our seniors and younger guys, for getting it done today."
Matt Karpowicz, who had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists, put Williams (7-6, 1-1 NESCAC) ahead for keeps on a layup with 3:55 left in the game. Karpowicz has now had seven consecutive double-figure games.
But it still came down to the foul line, where Williams shot 18 for 21 in the game compared to Amherst's 5 for 6.
Spencer Spivy, who had 19 points, was 4 for 4 in those final 28 seconds and Henry Feinberg was 2 for 2 to lock up the victory.
Jovan Jones had 12 points and Feinberg had 10. The Ephs played without first-year Cole Prowitt-Smith, who suffered an injury in the loss at Hamilton.
MCLA men 74, Bridgewater State 68
BRIDGEWATER — Make it five straight wins for the MCLA men (8-4, 1-0 MASCAC).
Mike DeMartinis scored 20 points and was one of four Trailblazers to score in double figures in the win.
MCLA used a 12-4 run late in the first half to take a 40-35 lead at halftime. The game was tight throughout the second stanza, with two ties and two lead changes. A 3-point play by Ki-Shawn Monroe put the Trailblazers ahead 56-54, and while Bridgewater (3-10, 0-1) came close, the Bears could not catch up.
Noah Yearsley had 14 points for MCLA, while Monroe and Hayden Bird had 10 points each. Monroe had a team-high nine rebounds, while DeMartinis added five assists for MCLA.
Williams women 3, Trinity 0
HARTFORD, Conn. — Chloe Heiting recorded her second shutout in as many days as Williams (7-4-1, 4-2-0 NESCAC) swept a conference series at Trinity (5-5-2, 0-4-0).
Heiting made 21 saves in the shutout win. The Ephs also killed off six penalties.
Brianna Hill's power-play goal at 19:45 of the first period proved to be the only goal Heiting and the Ephs needed. Meghan Halloran and Gabi Montembeault each had a goal and an assist for Williams.
Bridgewater State 76, MCLA 42
BRIDGEWATER — Conference play got off to a rough start for MCLA on Saturday, as a trip to Bridgewater State ended in a 34-point loss.
The Trailblazers (2-9, 0-1 MASCAC) didn't have a player in double figures. Kylah Langston was the high woman with 9 points, but shot just 4 of 15 from the field. Erika Ryan had a near triple-double with eight points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocked shots, while Brooke DiGennaro scored seven points off the bench.
Bridgewater got 12 points a piece from Destiny Fitzgerald and Hannah Dziadyk.
Amherst 62, Williams 51
WILLIAMSTOWN — Fourth-ranked Amherst is renown for its defense. The Mammoths (13-1, 2-0) held Williams (12-2, 1-1) to five points in the third quarter and made that stand up the rest of the way.
Williams got 15 points from Maggie Meehan, but she was the only Eph to score in double figures.
Madeline Eck had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Amherst, and was one of three Mammoth players to score in double figures.
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