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Williams Athletics | December 30, 2013

Williams holds off Washington (Md.) 84-76

LEXINGTON, VA. -- Fifth-ranked Williams held off a tough-minded Washington (Md.) team on Sunday as four players scored in double figures en route to a 84-76 win at the Washington & Lee Tournament.

The Ephs (8-1) advance to play host Washington & Lee (4-5) in the championship game of the tournament at 4 p.m. Monday.

Junior Hayden Rooke-Ley led all scorers with 23 points while Duncan Robinson came off the bench for 15 points and seniors Taylor Epley and John Weinheimer added 11 each. Washington first year Bryan Shapiro, who entered the game averaging 4.2 points per game, scored 18 points, all on 3-pointers, to tie teammate Tony Hawkins for the team lead.

The Ephs built a 15-point halftime lead up to 20 in the first two minutes of the second half after Weinheimer scored a lay-up off an Rooke-Ley assist. The Shoremen came back quickly, cutting the lead to 10 (55-45) with 14:22 left after another Shapiro triple.

Williams quickly answered with a 12-0 run that featured back-to-back treys from Robinson and an old-fashioned three-point play from Rooke-Ley that made it 67-48 with 10:49 to go. The Eph lead flucauted between 13 and 18 points for much of the stretch, but the Shoremen rediscovered their touch from the three-point late and cut the deficit to 10 on a Pat Morgan trey with 2:55 left.

After an Epley turnover, Morgan hit a mid-range jumper for make it an eight-point game. Washington had two possesions to cut the deficit even further, but only resulted in two missed shots and the Ephs pulled away from the foul line in the final minute to win by eight.

The Ephs built a 15-point lead by halftime on the strength of superior shooting from both the floor (12 of 18, 66.7 percent) and the foul line (19 of 24, 79.2 percent). Williams took an early 14-5 lead on the strength of a Rooke-Ley 3-pointer, a Matt McCreay steal and dunk, and Robinson trey after a block on the defensive end. The Ephs made their first seven field goal attempts of the game.

However the Shoremen were able to stay in the game until late in the half on the strength of some red-hot 3-point shooting as they hit on six of their first seven attempts. A Pat Morgan trey made it a 26-24 game with 8:32 left in the half.

The Ephs responded with a 14-2 run that left them up 40-26 with 4:01 to go. Seven of the 14 points came from the foul line as the Ephs attacked the basket both in transition and from their set offense. Weinheimer had four points in the run, and Rooke-Ley finished it off with an old-fashioned three-point play, driving to the hoop and hitting the ensuing foul shot.

No. 1 UW-Stevens Point 89, Whitman 79 (OT)

LAS VEGAS Trevor Hass scored 40 points on Sunday evening, equaling the school record, and Tyler Tillema scored 15 of his 25 points in overtime as top-ranked UW-Stevens Point stayed undefeated with an 89-79 victory against Whitman at the Classic from South Point Arena.

With Tillema in early foul trouble, Hass put the Pointers on his back, connecting on 15-of-24 shots, including 6-of-11 from three-point range, equaling the school record for scoring in a contest, last accomplished by Josh Iserloth twice in the 2001-02 season.

"With Tyler [Tillema] out, we knew we needed someone to step up," said Hass, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Classic. "This was a good team win for us."

No. 2 Wooster 88, Thiel 53

WOOSTER, Ohio – Wooster outscored Thiel 28-5 to open the game, and the No. 2 ranked Fighting Scots eventually finished off the Tomcats at Timken Gymnasium.

Junior guard Xavier Brown notched the second double-double of his career for the winners with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Scott Purcell added a career-best 15 points.

Josh Kipfer and DeBoer were also in double figures for Wooster with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Kipfer was one rebound shy of a double-double. Thorpe issued a career-high six assists.

Charlie Thomas had 15 points for Thiel.