Williamstown, Mass. - December 9, 2017 - Going up against the nation's sixth-ranked team in Williams College, the Springfield College men's basketball team was bested by a 68-51 score on Saturday afternoon.
Springfield, which had been receiving votes in the latest D3hoops.com National Poll, dropped its second-straight contest to fall to 4-2, while the Ephs improved to 8-1.
Andy McNulty (West Springfield, Mass.) had a team-best 12 points and Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) delivered his fifth double-double of the season after tallying 11 points and 10 rebounds, as the Pride shot just 30% from the field, going 19-for-63.
Bobby Casey netted a game-high 20 points and James Heskett tallied 15 points of his own for the hosts. Williams finished the contest with a 41% shooting percentage, highlighted by a 13-for-32 (40.1%) performance from beyond the arc.
A pair of free throws from Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) allowed the Pride to take a 17-13 cushion with just 6:54 remaining in the first half. However, the Ephs offense started to get into a flow, using a 15-6 push to open up a 34-23 advantage with just under two minutes to go. McNulty would go on to score five points in the final 50 seconds to trim the hosts lead to 34-28 at the break.
After a three-pointer by Ross made it a 42-35 ball game with 15:39 remaining in regulation, Williams put together a 15-2 surge over a 4:52 span take control of the contest with a 20-point advantage. Springfield would get no closer than 16 in the game as the Pride was limited to just 23 points in the half.
The Pride will play another nationally-ranked team on Tuesday when it travels to face Amherst for a 7 pm tilt.