WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams defeated Bowdoin (12-1, 2-1 NESCAC) on Friday 69-64. Up as many as 14 in the second half, the Ephs (12-2, 2-1 NESCAC) narrowly survived a late run from the Polar Bears and were forced to convert free throws down the stretch to keep them at bay.
Out of the break, Bowdoin had an opportunity to tie up the game when Andrew Madlinger finished off of a pass from John Swords and was fouled. Madlinger was unable to convert the three-point opportunity. The Ephs responded with a 10-0 run. The run started with a beautiful play from Hayden Rooke-Ley, who drove to the hoop and dished the ball back out to Duncan Robinson at the top-of-the-key. Robinson hit the open three before Michael Mayer went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe on the next Eph possession. Mayer and Robinson continued to carry the Ephs, and Mayer converted a three-point play after being fouled on his way to the hoop. Robinson then finished in the paint on the next Eph possession to push the lead to double digits, but Neil Fuller cut it back to 40-31 just three minutes into the game.
The two teams traded hoops for several minutes, but Bowdoin cut into the Eph lead even more when John Swords hit both ends of a one-and-one to cut it to 60-56 with 3:44 left to play. Robinson responded yet again for the Ephs with a long ball from the top right part of the key with a hand in his face, but Hausman did the same at the other end for the Polar Bears. Out of an Eph timeout, Bowdoin forced a turnover. They made the extra possession count with a long ball from Madlinger to cut it to a one-point game, but Mayer backed down his defender with a spin move in the paint to push the lead back to 65-62.
On the next Polar Bear possession, Madlinger was fouled on a 3-pointer attempt. He went 2-for-3 from the charity stripe to make is 65-64 with just more than a minute left in the second stanza. Out of an Eph timeout, Rooke-Ley was unable to convert in traffic, and the Polar Bears got the ball back with time for two more possessions in the game. Bowdoin ran a play to get White open at the top left part of the key, but his 3-pointer was in-and-out, and Mayer pulled down the rebound. The Polar Bears fouled to stop the clock, and Mayer hit both free throw attempts to make it 67-64 with 15 seconds left to play. Following another missed opportunity by the Polar Bears, Mayer went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe. John Weinheimer got the offensive rebound with seven seconds left, and Robinson found himself at the line. He went 1-for-2 from the line as well for the Ephs' final points.
Mayer led all scorers tonight with 26 for the Ephs; Robinson added 24 on 8-for-11 shooting.
No. 6 Amherst 75, Tufts 67
MEDFORD, Mass. -- Aaron Toomey set the Amherst men’s basketball all-time scoring record on Friday night to lead the sixth-ranked Jeffs to a 75-67 win over NESCAC rival Tufts at Cousens Gym.
Toomey, already the program’s leader in career 3-pointers (237) and free throws (516) made, surpassed the scoring record held by Steve Zieja (1,708). Entering the game needing 22 points to break the mark, the reigning NABC National Player of the Year dropped 28 to increase his career total to 1,715.
A senior guard, Toomey also holds two all-time records in a single season for most free throws made (181) and free-throw percentage (.910). On Friday, he connected on 17 of his 18 attempts at the charity stripe.
Amherst improved to 12-2 on the year while staying perfect in league play (3-0). With the loss, Tufts fell to 7-7 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
No. 7 Washington (Mo.) 82, Brandeis 72
ST. LOUIS -- Senior forward Chris Klimek scored a game-high 25 points to lead four Bears in double figures as Washington (Mo.) posted an 82-72 conference win against Brandeis on Friday night at the WU Field House.
Washington U. improved to 11-2, 2-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while Brandeis falls to 8-5, 0-2 in the UAA.
Klimek was 10 of 18 from the field and 5 of 10 from the foul line in the win as he eclipsed 20 points for the third time this season and 10th time in his career. Senior guard Alan Aboona (17 points), senior guard Tim Cooney (15 points, seven assists) and junior forward Matt Palucki (10 points) also scored in double figures for Washington U.
The Bears who shot 48.1 percent (25-52) from the field and hit a season-high 26 of 35 free-throws in the win. WUSTL also outrebounded Brandeis 37-30 and had a 14-4 advantage in second-chance points.