Guilford College Quakers in the Final Four

NCAA DIII Final Four in Salem, Virginia……

Williams College 97
Guilford College 88

Williams moves on the Championship Game on Saturday at (30-1) and Guilford closes out the season at (30-3)….

*****Williams was red-hot from three-point range(16-27)….Big three-pointers for Guilford by Josh Pittman who had 13 points in the game…Williams was beating the daylights out of Tyler Sanborn(27 pts./13 rbs.) inside and they’re making him go the line. Hack-a-Shaq in the lane…Seniors Clay Henson with 17 and Rhett Bonner with 15 pts. for the Quakers…*****

Guilford College 43
Williams 35

SALEM, Va. – Williams College shot 70.4 percent in the second half and made 16 three-pointers in a 97-88 comeback win over Guilford College Friday in the first of two NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinal games.

The Ephs (30-1) meet the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (28-4) in Saturday’s the Division III final at 1:00 p.m. The Pointers defeated Randolph-Macon College (26-7), 72-60, in Friday’s second semifinal at the Salem Civic Center.

Guilford ends its best Division III season with a 30-3 overall record, the program’s second-highest win total. The Quakers also placed third in the 2009 Division III tourney.

Williams’ Blake Schultz scored 18 of his team-high 25 points in the second half and made all four three-pointers in that time. His three at the 11:26 mark tied the game at 55 and capped the Ephs’ rally from a 46-35 deficit earlier in the half. Williams outscored Guilford, 23-12, in the first 9:21 of the second half. The Quakers used a 22-2 burst over the latter part of the first half to take a 43-35 edge into intermission.

Schultz’ three-pointer with 3:31 left broke a 75-75 tie. After Nate Robertson’s layup at the 2:47 mark snapped the game’s ninth and final draw, Schultz scored on Williams’ next possession, which opened an insurmountable 82-78.

Two Rhett Bonner free throws with 1:09 left trimmed Williams’ lead to 85-82, but Williams put the game out of reach on a James Wang basket with 65 seconds left that opened an 89-84 edge. After Guilford’s Clay Henson missed a three-pointer at the other end, the Quakers started fouling and Williams converted all eight free throws in the final 42 seconds.

Guilford shot five-for-10 from the floor in the final four minutes, but missed all four three-pointers. By contrast, Williams made six of its last seven shots, including three-of-four three-pointers, plus all eight free throws.

Williams entered the game as the Division III leader in overall (.525) and three-point (.458) field-goal shooting. The Ephs lived up to their billing by making just under 59 percent (33-56) of their shots, including 57.1% (16-28) from beyond the arc. Their shooting percentages and 97 points are the highest figures yielded by Guilford this season.

Wang finished with 19 points, 12 in the second half, and a game-high five assists. Alex Rubin shot 6-for-12, all from three-point range, and scored 18 points. Robertson netted all 14 of his points in the second half and also had five assists off the bench. Reserve center Troy Whittington tallied 11 points, a team-high eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

Guilford’s Tyler Sanborn led all scorers with 27 points (14 in the second half) and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for his 30th double-double of the season. Henson finished with 17 points and teammate Rhett Bonner added 15, 12 in the second half. The Quakers managed one-of-12 three-point shooting in the second half and for the game shot seven-of-26 (.269) from beyond the arc. Rookie Josh Pittman had 13 points off the bench for the Quakers, including three-of-six three-point shooting.

Guilford vs Williams – 03/19/10 5:00 p.m. at Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center


GUILFORD (30-3) – SANBORN, Tyler 11-17 5-7 27; HENSON, Clay 7-24 0-0 17; BONNER, Rhett 4-13 6-6 15; PITTMAN, Josh 5-9 0-0 13; MONROE, Brad 2-2 2-2 6; AKINSOLA, Tobi 2-2 1-2 5; STEPHENSON, Martin 2-3 1-1 5; LOWDER, Gabriel 0-1 0-0 0; ANDERSON,
T.C. 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-73 15-18 88.

WILLIAMS (30-1) – SCHULTZ, Blake 8-14 4-4 25; WANG, James 6-11 4-4 19; RUBIN, Alex 6-12 0-0 18; ROBERTSON, Nate 4-6 5-5 14; WHITTINGTON, Troy 5-7 1-3 11; GEOGHEGAN, Joe 3-4 1-1 7; DODSON, Harlan 1-2 0-0 3; TIMMINS-SCHIFFMAN, E 0-0 0-0 0;
EMERSON, Brian 0-0 0-0 0; HARDY, William 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-56 15-17 97.

Guilford…………………. 43 45 – 88
Williams…………………. 35 62 – 97

3-point goals–Guilford 7-26 (HENSON, Clay 3-12; PITTMAN, Josh 3-6; BONNER,Rhett 1-6; ANDERSON, T.C. 0-2), Williams 16-28 (RUBIN, Alex 6-12; SCHULTZ, Blake 5-7; WANG, James 3-5; ROBERTSON, Nate 1-2; DODSON, Harlan 1-2).
Fouled out–Guilford-None, Williams-GEOGHEGAN, Joe.
Rebounds–Guilford 34 (SANBORN, Tyler 13), Williams 31 (WHITTINGTON, Troy 8).
Assists–Guilford 9 (BONNER, Rhett 5), Williams 21 (WANG, James 5; ROBERTSON, Nate 5).
Total fouls–Guilford 13, Williams 19.
Technical fouls–Guilford-None, Williams-None.
Division III Men’s Tournament – Semifinal
Stats by The Onnidan Group


  1. ORMA is going to have to stop that outside shot. Williams hits like a splendoring splinter from three-point range….

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