The Williams College Men’s Basketball Team was ranked 2nd in the NCAA Division III Northeast Region standings released on February 28th.
The Ephs finished the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 29-3. Williams College met College of Wooster and fell 73-71.
The Ephs’ Season
The Ephs finished their run in the NCAA Tournament with a loss in the Final Four game to College of Wooster 73-71. The Ephs were so close as a last minute bucket rolled off the rim in an attempt to tie the game.
The College of Wooster was down by 16 points in the second half and came back to defeat Williams. Turnovers killed Williams as they had 16 compared to Wooster’s 5. In the second half, Williams committed 13 of 24 fouls and changed the way they had to play.
This season was still very successful as Williams won 29 games, were undefeated in the regular season, shared the NESCAC title with Amherst, and made it to the Final Four for the second season in a row. Head Coach Mike Maker is in charge of the Ephs but depends on Troy Whittington and James Wang to defeat teams.
About The Team
Head Coach Mike Maker is in his third season with the Ephs. He has led Williams College to consecutive appearances in the Division III national semifinals.
In his three years at Williams, Maker has a record of 76 wins and 13 losses and has an impressive 8-1 mark in NCAA Tournament play. He has also won or shared the Little Three title all three years, winning it outright twice, and has posted undefeated regular season records in the last two seasons in NESCAC play.
Senior Troy Whittington was named NESCAC Player of the Year and All-NESCAC First Team. He was also named the NABC Northeast Region Player of the Year, D3Hoops.com Northeast Region Player of the Year and Northeast Region First Team, NABC First Team All-American, ECAC-New England Division III Player of the Year and ECAC First Team.
He averages 16.7 points per game and 9 rebounds per game. Junior James Wang was named to the All-NESCAC First Team, NABC Northeast Region First Team, ECAC-New England Second Team, and D3Hoops.com Northeast Region First Team. Wang is the 29th Eph to score over 1,000 points and first Eph to score over 500 points in consecutive seasons. Wang has 274 career assists to go along with his record breaking points and averages 18.4 points per game.
About The School
Williams College is located in Williamstown, MA and is a private, residential, liberal arts school with graduate programs in art and development economics.
There are about 2,000 students enrolled at Williams and offers a generous financial aid program for international students. Students have 25 departments, 36 majors, plus concentrations and special programs to choose from. The Student-faculty ratio is 7:1 so students and faculty cultivate stronger relationships and better learning because of the accessibility to faculty.