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Sophomore guard John Bedford pulled down a career-high eight boards and nearly won the game at the end of regulation.

Top-Ranked Jeffs Fall at Third-Ranked Williams in Overtime

January 24, 2004

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - Williams College junior Tucker Kain (Cleveland, OH) knotted the score at 68-68 with a three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation and scored 13 of his game-high 29 points in overtime to lead the third-ranked Ephs to a come-from-behind 84-80 win over previously undefeated and No. 1 ranked Amherst College in front of a standing-room only crowd at Chandler Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. The visiting Jeffs had a chance to ice the game from the free throw line with 25 seconds left in the second half, but the front end of a 1-and-1 rimmed out, setting the stage for Kain’s game-tying heroics.

“We did the best we could and I give our guys a lot of credit because it’s a hard place to play,” said Amherst head coach Dave Hixon. “We had a free throw or two to win it and then we had a chance to defend the three, but they knocked it down. I legitimately thought we had two chances to finish and we didn’t do it.”

A few seconds remained after Kain’s three-pointer, and Amherst sophomore John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ) took the ball the length of the court for a legitimate chance at a game-winning shot from the top of the key. Bedford’s offering was blocked, however, and although he appeared to have drawn a foul on the play, the lead referee swallowed his whistle, sending the game into overtime.

Williams shot a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and 11-for-15 from the free throw line and led by as many as 10 points in the extra session. Nevertheless, Amherst battled back to cut the lead to just three points on an offensive rebound and putback by senior guard John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ) with nine seconds left. Forced to foul, the Jeffs put Kain on the free throw line, where he sealed the four-point win, hitting the first of two charity tosses.

The Jeffs led by 11 at halftime, holding Williams to just 22 points in the opening period, and held the advantage for the entire second half, Kain’s three-pointer not withstanding. Amherst hung in despite battling injuries all game long, as junior Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA) saw limited minutes with a sore hip, sophomore John Casnocha left the game after a collision with teammate Adam Harper (Washington, DC), Bedford exited with leg cramps and junior point guard Ray Corrigan (Queens, NY) nursed a sore back.

Donovan paced the Jeffs with a career-high 25 points, while Bedford and Harper chipped in with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Bedford added a career-high eight rebounds, and Corrigan dished out five assists. Amherst (15-1/3-1 NESCAC) had a school record 15-game winning streak snapped with the loss, while Williams (15-1/3-0 NESCAC) upped its current home winning streak to 50 games, equaling a school record. Amherst was the last team to beat Williams at Chandler Gymnasium, downing the Ephs 73-64 on Jan. 13, 2001.

The Jeffs return to action Tuesday at 7 p.m. at non-league foe Westfield State.

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