WILLIAMSTOWN, Massachusetts -- The first two times the men's basketball team battled their archrival Ephs in Williams' Chandler Gymnasium, the Jeffs emerged victorious. Ever since, Amherst had not been able to best Williams at home, a streak lasting over 10 years. That streak came crashing down Saturday night in Williamstown, as the Jeffs stunned the fifth-ranked and previously-undefeated Ephs with a convincing 90-67 victory.
The first half proved to be a back-and-forth battle between the two teams, with the Jeffs taking a 35-32 lead into the locker rooms at halftime behind strong guard play from the trio of Brian Daoust '01, Chris Ingraham '99 and Pat Mulvey '00. Stifling defense from the Jeffs held the Eph offense in check, though Eph seniors Mike Holland and Jim Frew did their part to keep the hosts in the game, with Frew contributing 16 points on six of twelve shooting, and Holland adding a game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds.
The game stayed fairly even until about the halfway mark of the second half, when the Jeffs gradually began to pull away. Shooting 60 percent from the field during the half (18 of 30), the Jeffs turned the game into a rout, eventually tallying a 23-point victory. Mulvey paced the Jeffs with 22 points, while Ingraham added 18 and Daoust connected for 16 points. Inside, the Jeffs received solid play from Charles Field '99 and Chris Smith '00, with both pulling down seven rebounds.
The Jeffs rebounded from a 17-point loss to Wesleyan University on Wednesday night to turn the tables on the Ephs, who handed the Jeffs their first loss of the 1997-98 campaign last January 31 in Williamstown with a 34-point rout. The Amherst win moves the Jeffs to 8-3 on the season, heading into next Tuesday's game at Trinity College.
Williams (8-1), which finished last season as a National Semifinalist with the #3 ranking nationally, had taken 15 of the last 18 games with Amherst, though the teams had split their last four decisions, with the home team winning all four games.
W (67): Dickens 1-7 1-2 3, Sheehy 2-3 0-1 4, Seward 1-1 0-0 2, Holland 8-17 6-8 23, Conley 3-4 0-0 6, Frew 6-12 3-4 16, Benjamin 1-6 0-0 2, Hunt 4-17 2-4 11, Dupuis 0-0 0-0 0, Keenan 0-2 0-2 0
3-point goals - A 8 (Daoust 3, Mulvey 3, Ingraham 2), W 3 (Holland,
Fouled out - W Hunt.
Rebounds - A 37 (Quattlebaum, Field 7), W 34 (Holland 11).
Assists - A 12 (Chapman 4), W 14 (Sheehy, Frew 4).
Total fouls - A 19, W 25. Technicals - None.
Attendance - 1200.