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Red-hot, seventh-ranked Ephs defeat men's basketball

Brian Ellis '11 scored over 20 points for the second straight game.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Red-hot and No. 7 nationally ranked Williams rode a 61 percent shooting effort from the field (60% from three-point land) to a 92-62 victory over the Bates College men's basketball team on Saturday at Williams.

Blake Schultz led four Ephs in double figures with 24 points as Williams pushed its record to 14-1 and 2-0 in the NESCAC.

The Ephs jumped out to an 11-3 lead 3:34 into the game on a Harlan Dodson three. The Bobcats narrowed the score to 11-7 with 14 minutes to play in the half, but the Ephs responded with a 7-2 run to make the score 18-9 with 12:08 remaining.

Williams would not lead by less than eight points for the rest of the game, but Bates hung tough despite Williams' shooting exhibition. Williams led by as many as 16 in the first half after an Alex Rubin three made the score 32-16 with 6:29 remaining, but the Bobcats closed it to 34-24 with 4:39 to play before the Ephs ended the half with a 42-30 lead.

Schultz and Rubin led the Eph offense in the first half with 11 and nine points, respectively, while James Wang and Troy Whittington both scored eight as the Ephs finished 16-28 from the field in the half, good for a 57% shooting mark. Schultz grabbed 5 steals in the first as the Ephs forced 8 turnovers while holding the Bobcats to 40% shooting (12-30) for the half, though junior Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) did significant work to keep Bates in the game, scoring 13 points and grabbing five rebounds.

As the second half began, it appeared as though the Bobcats might make it a game, scoring the first four points of the half to make the score 42-34 with 18 minutes to play. The Ephs went on an 11-4 run over the next 3:36, capped by a James Wang three to make the score 53-38. Then, with the score 57-44 and 12:50 to play, Williams went on a 13-4 run, again capped by a Wang three-pointer, to make the score 70-48 and put the game out out of reach for the Bobcats with 9:07 to play.

The Eph offense was even more impressive in the first half than it was in the second, scoring 50 points on 65% shooting (17-26) and making 67% of its threes (8-12). Schultz scored 13 second-half points to finish with 24. Wang scored 11 in the second half to finish with 19 points on the game while picking up five assists, and Rubin added 18 points.

Ellis finished the game with 21 points, six rebounds and three steals, while junior Nick Schmiemann (Weymouth, Mass.) finished as the only other Bobcat in double figures with 16 on 6-of-11 shooting. Sophomore John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) grabbed a team- and career-high nine rebounds to go with six points, and senior Marshall Hatch (Chicago, Ill.) scored eight points.

Bates will play its first home game in the past 11 contests this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., hosting St. Joseph's College in a non-conference game.

STATS: Williams 92, Bates 62