Springfield, Mass. - December 10, 2016 - Despite 23 points, six rebounds and five assists from freshman guard Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) the Springfield College men's basketball team fell to Williams College, 87-69, on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena. Saturday's contest was played in celebration of 125 years of Basketball at Springfield College.
With the loss, Springfield College falls to 3-5 overall, while the Ephs improve to 8-1 on the year with the victory. The Pride was just 25-of--64 (39.1%) from the field in the setback, while Williams shot an impressive 32-of-55 (58.2%) from the field, including nine three-pointers on 20 attempts from behind the arc. The visitors also held a 37-27 advantage in rebounds over 40 minutes of play, while Williams also held a 46-36 edge in the pain.
Along with 23 points from Ross, Springfield College also got solid contributions from freshman forward Anthony Reynolds (Springfield, Mass.), who notched a career-best 11 points and six boards, while freshman forward Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) finished with nine points and two rebounds in the loss.
Williams had five players reach double figures in scoring, as Daniel Aronowitz (Columbus, Ohio) led with 21 points on the afternoon. Cole Teal (Chesterton, Ind.) went 3-for-4 from behind the arc and finished with 19 points, while the junior also posted a team-best eight rebounds.
The Ephs jumped out to an early 12-4 advantage following a basket from Teal just 4:25 into the contest, before James Heskett (Cincinatti, Ohio) made it a 19-6 game on a three-pointer with 13:05 to play in the half. Williams would go on to lead by as much as 19, before a jumper from Keegan McDonough (Bath, Maine) and a triple from Trey Witter (Unionville, Conn.) made it a 16-point game with 9:31 to go in the half.
Springfield College kept clawing back, and cut its deficit to 13 on a three-pointer from Post, but a lay-up from Matthew Karpowicz (Wellesley, Mass.) pushed the visitors' lead back to 17 with 6:08 left in the stanza. Cole made it a 20-point game with another triple with just under two minutes to play, as the Ephs would take a 52-31 lead into the locker room.
A three-pointer from Cole just 2:57 into second half put Williams up by 27, but free throws from Post and Reynolds sandwiched by a lay-up from Ross made it 62-41 with 15:39 to play. Following a three-pointer from Ross and another lay-up from Reynolds capped an 11-0 run for the Pride which made the score 62-46 in Williams' favor with 14:00 left.
The Ephs would respond with five consecutive points before two freebies from Post and a lay-up from Witter made it 69-54, Williams, with 8:51 on the clock. From there, the Ephs went on another 7-0 run, capped by a pair of free throws from Aronowitz to make it 76-54, before Springfield College responded with six-straight points, including back-to-back jumpers from Juwan Bennett (Middletown, Conn.) to make it 76-60 with 4:20 to play. The Pride was able to hang tough for the remainder of the game, but Williams escaped with the 18-point win.
Springfield will play its final game of the first semester when it hosts the nation's top-ranked team, Amherst, at 7 pm on Wednesday evening.