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No. 5 Williams defeats Trinity (Conn.) in league opener 80-60

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Williams (11-1, 1-0 NESCAC) defeated the Trinity Bantams (8-5, 0-1 NESCAC) 80-60 in its first league matchup of the season. The Ephs jumped out to an early lead and continued to control play for the rest of the game.

Epley led the way for the Ephs with 19 points. Michael Mayer and Ryan Kilcullen each added 13, and Hayden Rooke-Ley rounded out the double-digits club with 11. The Ephs shot 46.3 percent from the floor on the night.

Leading the way for the Bantams were Jaquann Starks and Naylor with 11 apiece. Trinity was 40.8 percent from the field in the contest.

No. 8 Amherst 91, Hamilton 73

AMHERST, Mass. -- Eighth-ranked Amherst used a strong second-half rally to surge past Hamilton 91-73 in its NESCAC opener at LeFrak Gymnasium.

The win marked the Jeffs' fourth consecutive against the Continentals, improving to 9-2 on the season and 1-0 in the NESCAC while dropping Hamilton to 7-6 overall and 0-1 in league play.

Amherst grabbed a commanding 16-point lead with just under 12 minutes to play in the first half but the Continentals went on a 19-4 run to cut the deficit to one and eventually entered the break trailing, 43-41. Hamilton carried that momentum into the second stanza and grabbed a five-point lead with 15:56 remaining in regulation but the Jeffs went on a run of their own and pulled ahead for the decisive 18-point win.

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