No. 23 Bobcats go cold in 67-54 loss at Williams
John Lattimer ’07
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College men’s basketball team defeated No. 23 Bates on Friday night at home, 67-54, behind a strong performance on the glass and a scrappy defensive effort.
Bates (16-4, 2-4 NESCAC) went from cold to colder shooting the ball, especially from behind the three-point arc, where the Bobcats hit just 1 of 22 shots. The result was Bates’ second straight loss. Bates plays at Middlebury Saturday at 3 p.m.
First-year Blake Schultz pulled down 11 boards and Rose grabbed 14 rebounds, leading the Ephs (11-10, 4-2 in the NESCAC) to a 44-26 advantage on the glass. The impressive rebounding effort limited the Bobcats’ second chances and sparked an effective transition game for the Ephs.
The Ephs shot 48 percent from the floor and had four scorers in double figures. Junior tri-captain Chris Shalvoy scored a team-high 16 points and dished out eight assists. Junior Chris Rose had 14 points to go with his 14 boards. Sophomore guard Kevin Snyder and first-year center Joe Geoghegan each chipped in 10 points.
Williams got out to a hot start offensively, building a 9-2 lead over the first two minutes of play. The Ephs led by as many as 12 in the early going and did not surrender the lead the rest of the way. Williams led 38-33 at the half.
A three-pointer by Rose with 18:25 remaining in the game extended the Eph lead to double digits, 43-33. Consistent energy on both ends of the floor and solid bench contributions helped the Ephs maintain a comfortable lead the rest of the way.
The Bobcats’ talented senior duo of guard Zak Ray and forward Rob Stockwell made some dazzling plays down the stretch, but it was not enough to close the gap. Ray finished a steal with a lay-in to pull the Bobcats’ to within single digits, at 63-54 with 1:20 left, but they got no closer. Ray finished with 18 points and 4 steals and Stockwell tallied 16 points and 7 rebounds.
The Ephs’ intensity on the defensive end derailed the Bobcats’ perimeter game. Bates sunk just one attempt from behind the arc on the night, finishing 1-for-22 from three-point land. After giving up 33 points in the first half to the Bobcats, the Ephs cranked up the defensive effort in clutch time, holding Bates to just 21 points on 28 percent shooting from the floor in the second half.