Bobby Casey has started at times during Williams College’s surprise run to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III men’s basketball Final Four.
When it came down to securing the Ephs’ spot in Salem, Va., Casey was the team’s busiest and most productive sub in a 79-75 victory over Middlebury College
Casey came off the bench to hit four of five 3-point attempts while scoring 12 points in 20 minutes of the road win that avenged a 22-point loss to Middlebury just two weeks earlier in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship Game.
The 6-foot-3 sophomore guard is a Scranton Prep and JB Hoops alum. He is the only Pennsylvania player on the team at the Williamstown, Mass. school.
Casey has seen some familiar faces on the way to the Final Four where Williams will face Augustana College in Friday’s 7:30 semifinal.
Williams knocked the University of Scranton out in the tournament’s second round with an 80-53, home-court romp. Casey had one of the 13 baskets his team made from 3-point range.
Casey went against former JB Hoops teammates in both games last weekend in Vermont.
Seth Callahan played for Susquehanna, which Williams defeated, 78-61. In the national quarterfinal, Casey faced Jake Brown, who had 10 points and a team-high 6 assists for Middlebury in the loss.
One of Casey’s 3-pointers lifted Williams into a tie for the first time at 33-33. Another answered Brown second-half 3-pointer to bring Middlebury within one. Still another came when Casey blocked a shot and went the length of the floor and hit a bomb for the game’s biggest lead, at nine points, with six minutes left.
Casey played every game for Williams (23-8), starting 18 times and averaging 24.7 minutes. He averages 8.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.5 steals while shooting 38.7 percent from the floor, 34.2 percent on 3-pointers and 68.4 percent from the line.
As a freshman, Casey averaged 9.6 points while starting 7 of his 25 games.
Williams became the first New England school to win a Division III men’s basketball title in 2003. It reached the final again in 2004, 2010 and 2014 and will be playing in its eighth Final Four.
Street & Smith magazine was the only outlet that had Williams nationally ranked when the season started.
If the Ephs win Friday, they will advance to Saturday’s 6 p.m. championship game against the winner of Friday’s 5 p.m. game between Whitman College and Babson College.
Update: JB Hoops alum Bobby Casey hit two 3-pointers Friday night when Williams College fell to Augustana College, 90-79, in a semifinal game at the NCAA Division III men’s basketball Final Four in Salem, Va.
Casey, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard from Scranton Prep, came off the bench to play 24 minutes. He hit two of six 3-point attempts to finish with six points and two assists.