|Junior Kwame Firempong netted 10 points off the bench for Tufts
MEDFORD – The #21 Williams College men's basketball team opened up NESCAC play with an 83-68 victory over Tufts University in men's basketball action on Friday night at Cousens Gym.
The Jumbos are now 6-6 on the season and 0-1 to begin the NESCAC season, while the Ephs improve to 11-1 (1-0).
Williams shot a torrid 65 percent (15/23) in the first half to take a 40-34 lead to halftime. Sophomore Daniel Wohl (La Canada, CA) scored nine first-half points for the Ephs. Tufts stayed close due to senior Scott Anderson's (Sudbury, MA) 12 points. The Jumbos shot just 39 percent (14/36) during the first 20 minutes.
The Jumbos were also able to stay close in the first half by forcing seven Eph turnovers and by grabbing eight offensive rebounds.
The hot shooting for Williams continued into the second half as they shot 75 percent (15/20) from the field and finished at 70 percent (30/43) for the game.
Junior Michael Mayer (Durham, NC) led all scorers for Williams with 24 points on 9 of 14 shooting. He also recorded 13 rebounds for a double double. Three other Ephs scored in double figures: Wohl with 15, junior Taylor Epley (Louisville, KY) with 12, and senior James Klemm (Highlands Ranch, CO) with 10. Senior Nate Robertson (Ann Arbor, MI) added seven points and seven assists for the Ephs.
For Tufts, Anderson finished with a team-high 19 points and five assists. Junior Kwame Firempong (Inglewood, CA) netted 10 points off the bench. Sophomore Ben Ferris (Essex Junction, VT) had a near double-double with nine points and seven boards.
The Jumbos ended the game shooting 37 percent (26/71) and were out-rebounded, 35-26. Tufts did have a plus-10 advantage in both offensive rebounds and turnover margin for the game.
Tufts returns to action on Saturday afternoon against #2 Middlebury at 2 pm at Cousens Gym. Williams continues on the road Saturday with a 2 pm game at Bates.
Game Photos by Kelvin Ma/Tufts