Williams 100 Connecticut College 63 Messier Nets 17 Points for Camels

Williams 100 Connecticut College 63 Messier Nets 17 Points for Camels

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—The Williams College Ephs (16-6, 4-4) secured a 100-63 victory against  the Connecticut College Camels (12-9, 2-6) in Western Mass. today.

The Camels matched the Ephs early in the game in terms of tempo, setting a frenetic pace which produced 21 combined points in the first five minutes of the half, and also held with them in scoring, largely thanks to two threes-pointers by Lee Messier. However, four consecutive three-pointers by the Ephs—two back-to-back from Cole Teal and one apiece by James Heskett and Bobby Casey, catapulted Williams to a 23-12 lead. Dan Aronowitz added another three in short order, and after forcing a Camel timeout, more threes by Mike Greenman and Aronowitz, plus an open bucket underneath by Marcos Soto, extended the Williams lead to 20 points: 43-23. 

The final six minutes saw a distinct slowdown in the offensive onslaught, with both teams' tempos punctured by several fouls and turnovers by each team. Only one field goal was made, a trey by Lee Messier, between 5:50 and 1:19 to play in the half, and neither team scored for two and a half minutes in that span.

Dan Aronowitz led all scorers with 21 points for the Ephs, while Mike Greenman and Cole Teal each contributed 16 points of their own. Greenman also notched a game-highs in rebounds and assists, with seven apiece. Lee Messier, largely on the strength of his five three-pointers, led the Camels with 17 points, with strong support from David Labossiere (13 pts) and Daniel Janel (10 pts).

"Williams shot really well right from the beginning it seemed like me we couldn't find a way to get into the game," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "Today wasn't our day."

Connecticut College will host Colby on Friday, February 10, while Williams will kick off the last weekend of NESCAC play this season by traveling to Boston to face the NESCAC-leading Tufts University Jumbos on the same day.