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No. 6 Williams moves past men's basketball in NESCAC opener

Brian Ellis '11 passed four former Bobcats into 11th place on the team's all-time scoring list. (File photo)

LEWISTON, Maine -- James Wang scored 23 points and Troy Whittington added 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots as No. 6 nationally ranked Williams College defeated the Bates College men's basketball team 68-50 on Friday at Alumni Gym.

The Ephs (14-1, 1-0 NESCAC) rebounded from their first loss of the season, shooting .521 (25-48) from the floor while limiting the Bobcats (8-7, 0-1) to a season-low .276 (16-58) shooting percentage.

Senior Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) led the Bobcats with 23 points, including a 10-of-13 outing at the free-throw line. Sophomore Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) led Bates in rebounding (7) and assists (4), and committed zero turnovers in 31 minutes of action.

Whittington hit 5 of 6 shots from the floor, while Wang made 8 of 13 to pace the Ephs. James Klemm scored 10 points and Nate Robertson passed out five assists and grabbed seven boards.

Bates had its last lead at 8-7 on an Ellis three-pointer, and a three by Harlan Dodson turned that into a 10-8 Williams lead the Ephs never relinquished. Williams made it a 10-0 run, capped by another three by Jordan Mickens, for a 17-8 lead with 11:17 left. The Ephs entered halftime with a 34-23 edge, fueled by 12 points by Wang and 10 by Whittington, with the two combining to hit 10 of their 12 shots in the period.

The Ephs, national runners-up last season, left no doubt that they intended to hold onto their lead in the second half, opening the period with a 12-1 run, including a pair of threes by Wang and Hayden Rooke-Lay, for a 46-24 lead with 16:14 left to play, and Williams kept the lead in double digits the rest of the way.

Ellis passed four former Bobcats to assume 11th place on Bates' all-time scoring list, now with 1,215 points -- Tim Collins '92 (1,196), Jim Marois '77 (1,198), Herb Taylor '84 (1,205) and Brian Gerrity '05 (1,209).

Bates plays host to No. 5 Middlebury at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday). All home games can be followed via Live Stats and Live Video Webcast.

BOX SCORE: Williams 68, Bates 50