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Ivy Weekend for Men with Brown and Yale in Town

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Freshman Alex Mitola     By Gil Talbot

The Game: Dartmouth (4-12, 0-2) vs. Brown (7-9, 1-1) and Yale (7-12, 1-1)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 2 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Brown: Big Green lead 76-69
Series Record vs. Yale: Bulldgos lead 105-95
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Brown, Yale Come to Town
•    Dartmouth is looking to shake off the disappointment of its overtime loss at Harvard last Saturday with Brown and Yale coming to Leede Arena on Friday and Saturday nights.
•    The Big Green led for more than 38 minutes and by as many as 13 points with less than four minutes to play. But the host Crimson converted their last six field goals to force the extra period and eventually win by five, 82-77.
•    Sophomore John Golden and freshman Malik Gill led the team with 15 points, the latter as a reserve in 20 minutes.
•    Recording his second double-double of the year was freshman Connor Boehm with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. The rookie played 42 of the 45 minutes in the contest.
•    Three players — Golden, and sophomores Gabas Maldunas and Jvonte Brooks — fouled out in the game, the most for Dartmouth since four players were disqualified last year at Colgate.
•    As a team, the Big Green shot an even 50 percent at Harvard, the second straight game in which they hit at least half of their shots.
•    Maldunas continues to lead the team in scoring (10.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg), ranking 11th and sixth in the Ivy League, respectively.
•    Dartmouth has been especially tough on the glass recently with 39 more rebounds (150-111) than their opponents over the last four games.

Series vs. Brown
•    While the Bears have won nine of the last 11 and 18 of 24 against Dartmouth, the Big Green still hold the advantage in the all-time series, 76-69.
•    Dartmouth won the most recent meeting between the two, right here on Feb. 18 last year, 58-53, despite leading for a total of 5:37 all game. Tyler Melville had 15 points to lead the Green.
•    Since Leede Arena opened in 1987, the Big Green have won 18 of the 25 contests against the Bears.
•    Head coach Paul Cormier is 11-9 against Brown in his collegiate coaching career, 9-9 while at Dartmouth.

Scouting the Bears
•    Brown has played well of late, winning three of its last four games with the lone loss coming at Yale in overtime last Saturday, 76-64.
•    Dartmouth and the Bears have played against three common opponents to date with similar results — losses to Bryant and New Hampshire and a victory over Maine.
•    The Bears roster is a bit limited with just 10 players, two of which are among the top three in the Ivy League in minutes played in Matthew Sullivan (38.3 mpg) and Sean McGonagill (37.4).
•    Those two are also Brown’s leading scorers, both averaging more than 14 points per game.
•    Tucker Halpern (10.2 ppg) and center Rafael Maia (10.0) are also viable scorers. But only Maia of those four is shooting better than 40 percent on the season (.473).
•    Maia and Cedric Kuakumensah are the top rebounding duo in the league at more than 15 a game between the two.
•    The Achilles’ heel this year for the Bears has been the free throw line where they shoot just 60.8 pct.
•    Brown alum Mike Martin ‘04 was named the 31st head coach in the program’s history this past summer. He spent a year at his alma mater as an assistant before spending six seasons at Penn.

Series vs. Yale
•    Dartmouth has played the Bulldogs exactly 200 times entering this contest. Yale has the advantage with a 105-95 mark against the Big Green.
•    The Bulldogs have won the last seven meetings and 21 of the previous 24, but all three Big Green wins have come in Hanover in that stretch.
•    Last year Yale won by 10 in New Haven, 62-52, then by nine in Leede Arena, 70-61.
•    The Big Green are 13-11 all-time against Yale at Leede Arena, last beating the Bulldogs here three years ago, 57-54.
•    Coach Cormier is 9-12 all-time against Yale, 7-11 while at Dartmouth.

Scouting the Bulldogs
•    Yale got off to a bit of a rough start this season, dropping five of its first six games. But with wins in three of the last five, including a road win at Holy Cross, the Bulldogs are showing steady improvement as a team.
•    Although an 11-point lead evaporated in the second half last Saturday, Yale came back in overtime to beat Brown in New Haven, 76-64.
•    Guard Austin Morgan (11.5 ppg) and freshman forward Justin Sears (10.6) both average in double figures to pace Yale offensively.
•    Most of Morgan’s points come from behind a line, whether the three-point arc (41-of-112, 36.6 pct.) or the charity stripe (59-of-66, 89.4 pct.).
•    Sears, meanwhile, does his work on the blocks, shooting close to 50 percent while leading the team in rebounding (6.4 rpg).
•    While Dartmouth has outrebounded its last four opponents by nearly 10 a game, Yale averages nearly four more boards per game all season.
•    Head coach James Jones (Albany ’86) is the longest current tenured head coach in the Ivy League, now in his 14th year with an overall record of 183-203 and a share of an Ivy title to his credit from the 2001-02 season.

Heartbreak on National TV
It appeared that Dartmouth would pick up its biggest win in the league since a 2001 triumph over Princeton (which went on to win the league title), but the defending champs, Harvard, somehow escaped from a 10-point deficit with less than two minutes to play. The loss was the fourth straight in overtime for the Green, with the last win outside of regulation coming against Brown on Feb. 6, 2009. The Crimson have also won eight straight in the series even though Dartmouth led by at least five in the second half of four of the last five games (twice by at least 12). The last Big Green win came four years ago ... in Cambridge ... in overtime.

Surprising Thievery
While Connor Boehm registered his second career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss at Harvard on Jan. 26, it was his defensive acumen that came as a bit of a surprise. In the first 15 games, Boehm had a total of two steals to his credit, yet against the Crimson, he swiped the ball five times.

Setting the Sights
Dartmouth posted its best FG percentage (.563) of the season in the win over Colby-Sawyer, the third straight game it set a season high. The next time out, the Big Green knocked down half of their 58 shots at Harvard, giving them consecutive games of at least 50 percent shooting for the first time since December 2008. Over the last four games, Dartmouth has knocked down 49.1 percent of its field goals and 41.4 percent of its threes.

Ivy Leaders
The Big Green have several players among the Ivy League leaders at the halfway point of the season. Malik Gill is second in steals per game (1.9), Alex Mitola is fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.4), and Gabas Maldunas is sixth in rebounding (6.3 rpg) while Jvonte Brooks is seventh (6.0 rpg) and Connor Boehm ninth (5.6 rpg), not to mention fifth in field goal percentage (.505). Maldunas is also fifth among Ivy players in blocks per game (1.0).