|Kwame Firempong averaged 20.5 ppg in two NESCAC games this weekend
Recap courtesy of Williams College
WILLIAMSTOWN – The Williams men's basketball team gave their seniors a Senior Day to remember this afternoon against the Tufts Jumbos (11-11, 2-6 NESCAC), with the Ephs (19-3, 7-1 NESCAC) defeating the Jumbos 93-70.
While the Jumbos hung with the Ephs for much of the opening frame, the Ephs held them to just one field goal over the final 5:33. Tied at 23 with five minutes to play, Ryan Kilcullen dished the ball out to Duncan Robinson at the top-of-the-key. Robinson knocked down the three and was fouled. He converted the four-point play. A few possessions later, he hit both ends of a one-and-one. He added a three off the dribble before Daniel Wohl finished a pretty drive to the hoop to push the lead to 34-23.
A lay-up from Mayer forced a Tufts timeout. The Jumbos were unable to convert on their ensuing possession, and the Ephs added to their run as Mayer finished in the paint and was fouled. He made the resulting free throw.
Tufts finally broke their scoring drought with a put-back from Andrew Dowton with just under two to play, but the field goal was their final of the half. The Ephs finished the half with a three-point play from Daniel Aronowitz after he was fouled on a lay-up and a dunk from John Weinheimer to cap the 21-2 run and send the Ephs into the locker room with the 44-25 lead.
Robinson scored 16 points for the Ephs in the opening frame on 5-for-6 shooting. Mayer added another 15 for Williams. Stephen Haladyna had 12 in the first half for the Jumbos.
Out of the break, Tufts tried to get back in the game, but the Ephs continued to press on the offensive end. The two teams traded lay-ups to start the half. Wohl then hit a long ball for the Ephs before Tufts had a finish in the paint from Haladyna. A couple possessions later, Haladyna had a pretty pass inside to Kwame Firempong, who finished the hoop. Tommy Folliard added a jumper for the Jumbos to cut the deficit to 16, the closest they would get for the rest of the game as the Ephs' hot hand proved too much.
Leading the way tonight for the Ephs was Robinson with 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting. He also pulled down ten rebounds and added six assists in a double-double performance. Mayer also had a double-double tonight with 23 points and ten rebounds. Wohl added 13 points for the Ephs, who shot 53.1% from the field.
Firempong led Tufts with 23 points this afternoon, finishing off a weekend in which he averaged 20.5 ppg. Haladyna added 20 for the Jumbos, who were 34.6% from the floor on the night.
Tufts will be fighting for one of the eight spots in the upcoming NESCAC Championship tournament next weekend at home in games against Colby (Friday at 8 pm) and Bowdoin (Saturday at 4 pm). The Ephs travel to Connecticut College next Friday. Tip-off is set for 8:00 pm.