By Gage Nutter
Assistant Sports Editor
Pride men’s basketball fell to the vastly talented Williams College Purple Cows on Saturday, 87-69. Jake Ross led the Pride in scoring with 23 points, while fellow freshman Anthony Reynolds recorded a good performance off the bench. Reynolds finished with 11 points and 6 rebounds. The Pride are now 3-5 overall.
The Pride’s first half of play was lackluster. The team gave up ten points off of turnovers by halftime and were being outrebounded 20 to 12. Williams first half gameplan was apparent, work the ball inside. 34 of the Purple Cows 52 points in the first half came in the paint.
As the second half went on, the Pride started to have some flashes of good play. Whether it was a transition three-pointer by Ross, a hard-fought rebound by Reynolds, or a mid-range jumper by Juwan Bennett (eight points) to get the bench fired up, the quality of play by the Pride was for the most part improved for the second half.
However, Williams talent was too much to overcome for Springfield to pick up the win.
Pride head coach Charlie Brock was happy with how the team played in the second half, but the same can not be said for the first half.
“There were some well-executed plays in the second half that were not executed in the first half,” said Brock. “That was due to lack of patience. We need to execute for the whole 40 minutes, not just the last 20.”
It is important not to only focus on the negatives in a game like this, but the positives as well. Despite the loss, Brock feels like he saw some positive signs from his bench players.
“[Anthony Reynolds] went in and did some good things,” he said. “We know that he is fully capable of playing well, he just needs to do it consistently. [Juwan Bennett] got a chance to go in the game and he did some good things as well.”
The Pride have played some top-tier teams during this first half of the season. With three games to go until the teams starts conference play, Brock feels that playing against high-level teams like Williams is a fantastic experience moving forward.
“We are not going to play anybody in the conference that is going to be a whole lot better than Trinity, Williams, Amherst, or Keene,” he said. “Each game we have played we have been able to improve in some way, and that bodes well for us for when we get to conference play.”
The Pride will try to prove themselves against the No. 1 Division III team in the country this Wednesday by beating Amherst College at 7 p.m.