Local colleges: Sixth-ranked Williams men hold off Westfield State in basketball

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WESTFIELD — It was a struggle, but the sixth-ranked Williams College men got back on the winning track Tuesday night.

Bobby Casey came off the bench to score a season-high 21 points and James Heskett chipped in with 19 as the Ephs (6-1) held off Westfield State 70-63.

The win could be costly for Williams because forward Kyle Scadlock was injured with about six minutes left in the first half, and did not return to the game. He apparently got tangled up with a Westfield player.

It took Williams almost four and a half minutes to make a basket against the Owls, who are now 0-3 against NESCAC teams. It was off a fast break. Guard Mike Greenman blocked Peter Mafo's shot, Scadlock got the rebound and found Greenman for the 3-point hoop. The Owls led 2-0 on a hoop by Moody Bay just 11 seconds into the game. It was the only time the Owls led.

The Ephs, who host Fitchburg State Thursday night, are still having some issues at the foul line. Williams went 19 for 28 from the line.

The largest Williams lead was 12 points, and it came with 7:17 left in the game.

Williams women 66, E. Connecticut 55

WILLIAMSTOWN — Kristen Fechtelkotter scored a game-high 21 points and had 11 rebounds as Williams (6-2) earned a nearly wire-to-wire win over Eastern Connecticut (1-4).

The Warriors' Mya Villard got behind the Williams defense and scored with 8:55 left in the first quarter, giving Eastern a 4-3 lead. Williams freshman Mikaela Topper missed a 3-point shot, but Lydia Zaleski got the offensive rebound and scored on the putback. That made it 5-4 and the Ephs never trailed again.

The closest Eastern Connecticut was 21-19 on Lizzy Cretella's 3-point shot with 5:16 left in the second quarter. The visitors could not get the tying basket.

The Ephs dominated the glass, outrebounding Eastern Connecticut 49-33, and having a 19-9 advantage on the offensive boards.

Amanni Fernandez had 12 points for Williams. Villard had 15 points to lead Eastern.

Keene State 59, MCLA women 52

NORTH ADAMS — The Trailblazers (3-4) had their two-game winning streak come to an abrupt end on Tuesday,

MCLA's starters outscored the Owls 52-44, but Keene's bench outscored coach Loren Stock's reserves 15-0, and that was the difference in the game.

MCLA's last lead came when McKenzie Robinson set up Emily Moulton for a layup with 7:24 left in the third, making it 26-25. Keene's Lilly Shlimon scored on a putback on the next possession, and the Owls never trailed again.

Courtney Pingelski had 20 points to lead the Trailblazers, and she added a team-high seven rebounds. L'Rae Brundage scored 13 points and Samantha Gawron had 10. Robinson had three points and five assists.

For Keene, Sandi Purcell had 20 points to lead the Owls (2-6).

Eph men slip in Top 25

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams men dropped three spots in this week's D3hoops.com national basketball Top 25.

The Ephs (5-1), who fell in overtime to Little Three rival Wesleyan, are sixth in this week's poll. Coach Kevin App's squad was third last week.

There was a bit of a shakeup in the top five. While Whitman remains perfect at 5-0 and received all 25 first-place votes to be No. 1 in the poll, Middlebury (4-0) moved up from fourth to second. Last week's No. 2 team, Augustana, dropped to fourth.

There are four NESCAC teams in the Top 25. Wesleyan made its Top 25 debut in 18th spot, while Amherst remained at No. 21.

In the D3hoops.com women's Top 25, Tufts, Christopher Newport and Amherst remain 1-2-3. In fact, the top six teams are the same as last week's.

Rochester, winners over Williams in the Williams Holiday Tournament on Saturday, remained in the No. 9 spot. Bowdoin moved up from 17 to 14.


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