WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Ephs used a 64-point second half and placed six players in double figures to blow open a close game in defeating cross-town foe Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 102-78, in Chandler Gymnasium. Williams remains perfect at 4-0, while MCLA falls to 0-2 on the season.
Michael Mayer had a game-high 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead Williams.
A hotly contested first half saw Williams grab a slim 38-37 halftime lead as there were many lead changes. In the second half, neither team had much trouble scoring as Williams quickly took control.
Williams scored the first five points out of the locker room to take a 43-37 lead. After MCLA cut the margin to 46-41, the Ephs used a 12-2 spurt to jump out to a 58-43 margin with 12:23 remaining.
After MCLA got within fourteen at 65-51, Williams once again went on a run. This time they outscored the Trailblazers 10-0 to push out to an insurmountable 75-51 lead.
Williams shot an astounding 73 percent in the second half. The Ephs also turned over MCLA 19 times on the night. MCLA also shot well, knocking down 50 percent of their attempts on the night.
Mayer was 8-13 from the floor and 10-15 from the line for his game high 27 points. John Weinheimer finished with 17 points off the bench. Daniel Wohl chipped in with 16, while other Ephs in double figures were Taylor Epley (14), Nate Robertson (11), and James Klemm (11).
MCLA was paced by Mike Muller's 14 points off the bench. Vernon Cross had 13 points while Bilal Shabazz added 11.
The Trailblazers will face another New England Small College Athletic Conference foe on Tuesday when they battle Wesleyan at home at 7 p.m.