Hartford, Conn. – The visiting Williams College Ephs made 28 of 30 shots from the foul line to eke out a 67-60 win over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action this afternoon on Ogrodnik Court in Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity finishes the season with a 10-14 overall record and a 2-8 mark in the NESCAC with its ninth consecutive setback, while Williams finishes at 17-7 overall and 5-5 in the league.
With the game tied at 49-49 midway through the second half after a put-back by Trinity senior captain center Chris Applegate (High Point, N.C.), Williams scored five straight points on a pair of free throws by sophomore center Michael Mayer (Durham, N.C.) and a three-pointer from the left corner by senior tri-captain guard James Wang Sydney, Australia) and never relinquished the lead the rest of the way. Trinity closed the gap to two points in the final minute after a strong move inside by freshman center George Papadeas (Athens, Greece), and Bantam junior guard Mick DiStasio (Yarmouth, Maine) got an open look from the top of the key to cut the lead to one point on Trinity's next possession but the ball hit off the front of the rim. Williams made five of six free throws in the last minute.
Trinity got off to a fast start, as Applegate scored six of the game's first nine points for an 8-1 Bantam lead four minutes into the contest. Williams took its first lead of the game at 12-11 at the 12:28 mark on a layup by Mayer, but Trinity took the lead back with 1:26 left in the opening stanza on a layup by Papadeas. Two foul shots in the final minute by Williams senior center Brian Emerson (Arlington, Mass.) gave the visitors a 31-30 lead at the break. Trinity scored first in the second half on a layup by freshman guard Carter Trent (Little Rock, Ark.), and did not lose the lead until Mayer's free throws broke the 49-49 tie.
Playing in his final collegiate game, Applegate led Trinity with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while DiStasio added 11 points and four assists, and sophomore forward Eric Dean (Gilford, N.H.) had 10 points, seven boards, and five assists. Mayer led all scorers with 21 points off the Eph bench to go with a team-high seven rebounds, while Wang and sophomore Taylor Epley (Louisville, Ky.) scored 13 points apiece for Williams. Williams outscored Trinity, 28-7, from the charity stripe to offset a 33.3 percent field goal percentage. The Bantams outrebounded Williams, 36-31.