|Williams College||Colby College|
WATERVILLE, Maine — Williams College led by as much as 20 points early in the second half and then had to hold off a late Colby College rally in a 72-66 NESCAC men’s basketball win Friday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
The Ephs (12-3 overall, 1-2 NESCAC) led 45-25 before the Mules started chipping away at the lead. Colby cut the margin to 68-61 on a 3-point shot by Patrick Stewart with 4:16 left in the game. The Mules missed two 3-point shots over the next two minutes that could have cut the margin to four points.
Marcos Soto scored inside to push the Eph lead to 70-61 with 2:05 remaining. Mike Greenman added a pair of free throws to push the lead to 72-61 with just 32 seconds remaining. The Mules scored five points in the final 18 seconds to get the final margin to six points.
Williams used a 42-21 advantage in bench points and had three reserves hit for double figures. Matthew Karpowicz made all seven of his field goals and hit both of his free throws for a team-high 16 points. Greenman added 13 points on 3-for-5 shooting from 3-point range and Soto had 11 points.
Daniel Aronowitz led the Eph starters with 10 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Bobby Casey had nine points, while Kyle Scadlock blocked four shots.
Stewart had a game-high 17 points and dished four assists for Colby (7-7, 0-3 NESCAC). Ethan Schlager was 4-for-6 from long range on the way to 12 points and five assists, while Joe Connelly had seven points, five rebounds, and three assists.
With the score tied 13-13, Williams went on a 10-0 scoring run to take the lead for good. The Ephs shot 59.4 percent (19-for-32) from the field in the opening half in taking a 44-25 lead at intermission.