College roundup: Williams men's basketball cruises to win over Fitchburg State

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WILLIAMSTOWN — It was an everybody gets a turn night for the sixth-ranked Williams men's basketball team.

All 14 Ephs in uniform scored, five of them scored in double figures and sophomore Mickey Babek had a career-high 14 points off the bench as the Ephs cruised to a 106-56 win over Fitchburg State in the penultimate game of the first semester.

Williams (7-1) and Fitchburg (3-5) were tied at 13 with 14:26 left in the half when the Ephs went on a 11-2 run and never trailed again.

The Ephs led 56-31 at halftime, shooting 60 percent from the floor and 50 percent from outside the 3-point arc.

Babek, from Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif., scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half. He shot 4 for 5 from the floor, was 3 for 4 from 3-point range and 3 for 4 from the foul line.

With Kyle Scadlock out of the lineup because of a knee injury suffered Tuesday at Westfield State, Eph coach Kevin App went to a three-guard attack with Bobby Casey getting the start. Casey, who finished with 12 points, was one of the five Ephs in double figures.

James Heskett had a most efficient 16 points in 17 minutes, Cole Teal scored 15 points, while Matt Karpowicz also had 14 points.

The Ephs dominated the glass, outrebounding the Rams 54-29. Williams was particularly effective on the defensive boards, outrebounding Fitchburg 43-19.

"We felt we had to ramp up the physicality tonight," App said after the game. "[Fitchburg] did a good job of scrambling early, but I thought we adjusted and used our size and length well."

Williams shot 35 for 60 from the floor and registered assists on 20 of those baskets.

Jonathan Perez had 10 points to lead Fitchburg.

Williams closes out the first semester Saturday at 2 p.m. against Springfield. The Pride were outscored 41-22 in the second half Thursday night against Trinity, losing 72-54. Springfield led by a point at halftime.

Deonte Sandifer, a freshman guard from Taconic High School did not score in 27 minutes for Springfield. He did start, pulled down three rebounds, had two assists and two steals.

"It's always a big game against Springfield (4-1) heading into the break. We want to finish strong," said App. "They are a good regional opponent."

MCLA women 54, Simmons 50

NORTH ADAMS — The MCLA women wrapped up their first semester of games by winning three of their last four games. The last win came Thursday, as Courtney Pingelski's basket with nine seconds left broke a tie and then Pingelski sealed the victory on a pair of foul shots with three seconds left.

Emily Moulton had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Eleven of her boards were on the defensive end. She also blocked five shots. L'Rae Brundage had 12 points. Mckenzie Robinson had seven points, but she did have five rebounds and five assists.

The Trailblazers (4-4) trailed 38-34 after three quarters. Simmons went up 40-34 on a jumper by Julia Lamontagne with 9:41 left in the game. The Sharks (1-5) could not add to their lead and MCLA started chipping away.

Two foul shots by Karina Mattera with 1:33 left gave MCLA a 48-47 lead. Moulton made two foul shots with 41 seconds left, giving the Trailblazers a 50-47 lead, but a three-point play by Molly Phillips with 11 seconds tied the game at 50.

Pingelski took a pass from Robinson and hit the jumper that gave the Trailblazers the win.

MCLA men 78, Rivier 76

NORTH ADAMS — Hayden Bird came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points as the Trailblazers (2-5) won their last game of the first semester.

This one was close throughout. MCLA led 43-41 at halftime, and could not pull away in the final 20 minutes. Ki-Shawn Monroe and Antoine Montgomery each had 16 points for the Trailblazers. Rivier (0-7) was led by Angel Perez's 16. He was one of five Rivier players to score in double figures.

Montgomery made two clutch shots down the stretch in the second half. He hit a jumper with 1:06 to go and followed that up with a driving layup off a turnover with 46 seconds left, giving the Trailblazers a 77-76 lead.

MCLA could have iced the game at the line in the final 40 seconds, but went only 1 for 4 from the stripe. Kirk Palladino missed a potential game-winning 3-point shot with three seconds left, and the visitors could not get another shot.

Ephs' Bennett is an All-American

GILBERT, Ariz. — Williams field hockey player Alex Bennett has been named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Divison III All-American first team.

Bennett led the Ephs to a 12-5 record, the first time Williams had won 12 games since 2006. She had 43 points, marking the first time a player had cracked the 40-point mark since Tori Scott in 2003. Bennett, a senior from Rye, N.Y., had 16 goals and 11 assists.

"She knew how to score but even more impressive was her ability to set someone else up for the goal," Williams coach Alix Barrale said in a statement. "Her defensive skills were equally impressive, but often overshadowed by her offensive accomplishments."

Bennett is the first Williams all-American since Meera Sivalingam in 2011, and the first Eph to be a first-team selection since Meighan McGowan in 2006.

Barrale was an All-American at Williams in 1990 and 1991.

Muellers earns academic honor

WILLIAMSTOWN — Tobias Muellers has been voted to the men's Division III Soccer Academic All-America team.

Muellers, a senior defender from Burlington, Vt., is a chemistry major at the school. He is the first Eph to be named an Academic All-America in two sports, as he earned a similar designation last spring in track.

Muellers was a four-year letterman in soccer and a three-year starter.


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