WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Ephs (2-0) beat Regis College (2-1) 58-48 today to
win the Williams Invitational. After defeating Southern Vermont College
yesterday to advance, the Ephs faced a battle today. The game was a hard-
fought 40 minutes, but the Ephs managed to stay strong to pull out the victory
The Ephs started the game on a 12-0 run. After Nate Robertson scored the
opening hoop, James Klemm sank a three from the left corner after receiving a
beautiful pass from Troy Whittington inside the lane. Hayden Rooke-Ley added
to the opening run with a three of his own, the first field goal of his career.
Ryan Chambers hit a three to put Regis back in the game. Michael Fernandes
then took a charge from Klemm. Fernandes was a presence on offense as well;
just minutes later, he scored to put Regis within five points of the Ephs with just
under nine minutes to play.
James Wang was quick to respond for the Ephs, though, when he hit a three
from downtown to move the lead back to eight. He then fed a beautiful pass to
Brian Emerson who finished the hoop to push the lead to ten. With just under
two minutes to play, Harlan Dodson made a mark of his own. With the shot
clock winding down and a defender in his face, Harlan was forced to put up a
three from well beyond the arc. He swooshed the basket.
Regis, however, had the last six points of the half. Darrin Kelly and Phil
Alibrandi each hit a three to cut the Ephs lead to six going into the locker room.
The Ephs led 30-24.
In the start of the second half, both teams stayed aggressive. Wang swooshed a
three from the top of the key, but Alibrandi responded with a three of his own.
The highlight of the game came around the 18-minute mark. After a foul, Wang
inbounded the ball. He threw an alley-oop from under the basket to
Whittington, who made his dunk look effortless.
The game remained back and forth for the rest of the half. Robert Edwards
made the game a five-point game with just over two-and-a-half minutes to
play. Wang was fouled at the 2:01 mark and went to the line for a 1-and-1. He
sank both shots. Wang was perfect down the stretch going 6-for-6 from the
foul line. He also forced a big 5-second call with just over a minute to play.
The Ephs managed to pull away, though, to end the game with the ten-point
victory. Wang was their leading scorer with 17 points. Klemm and Whittington
were also in double-digits for the Ephs. Whittington posted a double-double
with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Ephs shot 37.5% from the field: 48.0% in
the first half and 26.1% in the second. They also shot 85.7% from the free throw
line and 37% from beyond the arc.
Alibrandi led the way for Regis with 12 points and five rebounds. Neal added 10
points of his own. Regis shot 39.6% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the
arc. They shot 44.4% from the line.