WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Wesley College Wolverines (20-7), runner-up in the Capital Athletic Conference, will meet the Williams College Ephs (23-4) March 2 in Chandler Gym on the campus of Williams College at 7 p.m. in a First Round game in the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The Wolverines are making their third trip to the NCAA Tournament and have won seven of their last 10 games. Williams is making its 13th appearance since the 1994 season when NESCAC first permitted post-season NCAA team play.
Wesley head coach Jerry Kobasa, a graduate of Wesley, has turned the Wolverine program around recording three trips to the NCAA Tournament in the last six years. Prior to Kobasa’s arrival the Wolverines had recorded just two winning seasons in the prior 17 years.
Averaging 72.5 points a game, Wesley is holding the opposition to 65.6 points a game. The top scorer for the Wolverines is senior forward Paul Reynolds with 20.1 points per game. Junior center David Langan averages a double double with 12.5 points and 10 rebounds a game, while junior guard Jacquard Hagan contributes 11.8 points a night.
The Wolverines have out rebounded their opponents by a margin of 7.3 per game.
Junior guard Eric Selby is the Wolverines’ top playmaker, averaging 3.3 assists per game.
Fifth-year head coach Mike Maker has guided the Ephs a third NCAA tourney berth.
"Our staff and players could not be more excited to represent our institution and the Berkshires by earning the right to host this game," said Maker.
Williams is averaging 79.6 points a game and holding their opponents to 65.0. Junior forward Taylor Epley leads the Ephs with an average of 18.1 per game, followed by classmate Michael Mayer who nets 17.4. Senior guard James Klemm is scoring at a 10.7 clip and sophomore guard Daniel Wohl is tallying 10.2 a game.
Mayer leads the Ephs on the glass with 8.9 boards a contest. The Ephs’ top playmaker is senior guard Nate Robertson who is dishing out 4.6 assists a game.
Williams has outrebounded their opponents by a 5.5 margin per game this season.
The winner of the Wesley/Williams contest is slated to face the winner of the Catholic University/College of Staten Island game on March 9.
For advance ticket sales, enter Lasell Gym lobby, from Spring Street, Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, and $3 for students.