Despite being outsized by USCAA Division I Apprentice and playing without their starting point guard for the second straight game, Williamson came up with a solid effort on both sides of the ball and earned a big 65-61 win over USCAA Division I Apprentice on Saturday afternoon.
Williamson grabbed their first lead of the game at the 3:42 mark of the first half and battled their way to a six-point halftime lead, 33-27. The Builders came out strong in the second half however, each time they made a run; Williamson found a way to answer. Apprentice got to within two with 53 seconds left however a jump shot by Kyre Freeman with 25 seconds left and then two free throws by him 12 seconds later iced the game for Williamson.
Williamson's defense came up big all game. At one point in the game, Apprentice had four players on the floor taller than Williamson's tallest player on the court and yet the Mechanics were outrebound just by four (46-42). Williamson also held the Builders to just 33% shooting from the floor and forced 15 turnovers.
The win was the second for Williamson this year over Division I Apprentice. Williamson toppled the Builders on their home court back in November, 66-59.
Kyre Freeman led four Williamson players in double figures with 18 points. He also added five rebounds. Ryan Carlino (JR/Lancaster, PA) with 12, Kevin Whitfield (SR/Chester, PA) with 11 and Gus Pagan with 10 also reached double figures for Williamson. James Hill (FR/Laplata, MD) led the way on the boards with 10 rebounds.
The win moves Williamson to 22-5 on the year. They next take on Valley Forge Military College in a 6:00 P.M. start on Thursday, February 16. Williamson seniors Andre Merrell (SR/Chester, PA), Jo'wan Livers (SR/Laplata, MD) and Kevin Whitfield will be honored at halftime.