AMHERST, Mass. – The third-seeded Amherst College men's basketball team will host sixth-seeded and archrival Williams College Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. in NESCAC Championship quarterfinal action at LeFrak Gymnasium.
SETTING THE SCENE
Amherst, currently ranked 18th in the nation in the D3hoops.com Coaches Poll, meets Williams for the third time this season having previously earned an 80-72 NESCAC win over the Ephs in Williamstown, Mass. (Jan. 6) before posting a 72-64 win in Little III action at LeFrak Gymnasium. Another victory would propel the Purple & White into the semifinals for the seventh straight year as Amherst aims to play in the championship game for a sixth consecutive season. The Purple & White are 5-3 against Williams in the NESCAC Championship, with the most recent matchup resulting in an Amherst victory in the 2014 title game.
Amherst enters NESCAC Quarterfinal action having won seven of its last nine games, including an 86-75 win over Hamilton College to close out the regular season. The Purple & White (7-3 in league action) take the floor averaging 80.4 points per game and allowing 70.0 points per game.
Amherst is led by the scoring trio of juniors Jayde Dawson (19.3 ppg), Johnny McCarthy (14.5 ppg) and Michael Riopel (10.2 ppg). Both Dawson and McCarthy joined the program's 1,000-point club late in the regular season, while David George '17 set the program's all-time record for blocked shots this season. McCarthy is also the team's leader in rebounds, averaging 8.0 boards per outing this season, while George follows with a 6.6 rebounds per game mark. Off the bench, Eric Conklin '17 has been a stellar contributor with 8.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game averages.
Williams takes the court with a 17-7 overall record and posted a 5-5 record in league play. The Ephs are 4-1 in their last five games and closed out the regular season with a 65-62 victory over Bates College. Williams averages 76.3 points per game and allows 69.8 points per outing.
The Ephs are led by Daniel Aronowitz who averages 17.3 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per contest. Kyle Scadlock follows in both categories with 11.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game marks. Cole Teal averages 10.4 points per game, while Bobby Casey has registered 2.5 assists per contest this season.