Holy (purple) Cow!!!
Amherst Beats Williams Again
With 74-71 win, Jeffs sweep Ephs for first time since 1989
AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Holy Cow!!! Harry Caray would be hanging from the rafters of LeFrak Gymnasium if he were on hand for this afternoon's basketball tilt between Amherst and Williams. Behind 22 twisting, turning, and falling points from junior guard Patrick Mulvey (Rye, NH), the Jeffs rallied from behind in the second half to down the Williams College Ephs for the second time in three weeks and for the the first sweep since 1989.
Pat Mulvey has been a COW killer in '99
The second half between these two classic rivals turned out to be the tale of two players going in different directions. Mulvey and Williams forward Matt Hunt had been trading baskets throughout the first until the tide began to change. In the second half, Mulvey shot the lights out of the gym. Draining 4-5 shots, including two three-pointers from beyond NBA range with a man in his face, Mulvey led the Jeffs past the Ephs. On the flipside, Williams forward Matt Hunt missed his final six attempts from the field, including the final three-point attempt with just seconds remaining on the clock.
Other notable efforts came from two players off the bench. Sophomore point guard Brian Daoust continues to be a spark plug for the Jeffs. On the night, Daoust notched 11 points and 3 assists, and was pivotal down the stretch run. With the ball in his hands and the Williams defenders looking to foul, Daoust displayed composure way beyond his years in hitting 7-of-9 free-throws in the last five minutes of the game. He also made two running bank shots during two critical stages of the second half. Daoust was so effective, the Amherst crowd began chanting to the Williams player guarding him, "YOU CAN'T STOP HIM."
Another sophomore, Jackson Collins, came off the bench for just 11 minutes, but made an impact on the level of intensity of the Amherst squad and personally turned the momentum in Amherst's favor. On one play in the first half, Collins leaped through a crowd and blocked a Williams shot, immediately took off down the right sideline and took a no-look pass at the other end for a thundering dunk. His intensity ignited the crowd and his fellow teammates and left the straggling Ephs in awe of his athletic ability.
Beyond being a milestone win for the Jeffs, the victory is their second in a row and brings their season record to 10-4. The loss drops the nationally-ranked Ephs to 12-3.
|AMHERST (10-4)||35||39||74 (Mulvey 22 points)|
|Williams (12-3)||38||33||71 (Hunt 23 points|
(A) Mulvey 8-11 (4) 2-2 22, Daoust 2-7 7-9 11, Ingraham 5-11 (1) 11, Smith 4-6 2-2 10, Chapman 2-6 (1) 5, Collins 1-3 2-2 4, Quattlebaum 2-3 4, Kelly 1-3 1-2 3, Field 1-1 2, Anish 0-4 2-4 2 TOTALS: 26-53 6-13 16-21 74
(W) Hunt 8-19 (4) 3-5 23, Holland 4-7 6-7 14, Weiss 3-7 (1) 5-5 12, Frew 3-7 (1) 5-7 12, Dickens 3-5 2-2 8, Sheehy 1-3 2 TOTALS: 22-51 6-18 21-26 71
Rebounds: (A) 45 (Smith 6) (W) 36 (Frew 8)