The Game: Dartmouth (1-3) at Longwood (2-5)
Location: Willett Hall (1,807), Farmville, Va.
Tipoff: Saturday, December 1 at 2 p.m.
Series Record vs. Longwood: Big Green lead 1-0
Live Video - Big South Network ($)
Complete Game Notes
• Dartmouth is playing its second of eight straight road games with this afternoon tilt at Longwood. The next contest will take place at Elon in North Carolina before flying back to New England.
• Since winning the season opener in convincing fashion, the Big Green have dropped three straight, most recently at one of the favorites in the Patriot League, Bucknell, by a 62-49 count.
• The Big Green fared quite well from three-point range, knocking down 11-of-27 (.407) to account for more than two-third of their points. It was their first time with at least 10 since playing Longwood last January (10-of-16).
• Freshman point guard Alex Mitola scored in double figures with 12 points, making him the only Dartmouth player to score at least 10 in every game thus far.
• Mitola connected on four triples for the second straight game, while sophomores John Golden and Jvonte Brooks each provided three. Brooks had only one three-pointer to his credit in his career entering the game.
• The defense held its own against the bigger Bison ballclub, containing Bucknell to just 36.4 percent on its field goals with one trey.
• Dartmouth leads the Ivy League in three statistical categories: free throw percentage (.770), field goal percentage defense (.406) and three-point percentage defense (.265).
Series vs. Longwood
• Last year was the first time the two teams met on the hardwood with Dartmouth winning the game at home, 83-67.
• The Big Green shot a season-high 54.7 percent from the floor in the game, the only game in which they hit at least half of their shots.
• Five Dartmouth players scored in double figures, led by with 17 thanks to knocking down 5-of-6 from behind the arc.
• Head coach Paul Cormier is 1-0 in his career against the Lancers, and 1-0 against any team from the Big South Conference.
Scouting the Lancers
• Longwood has had its share of difficult assignments this year with road games at Arkansas and 12th-ranked Creighton, losing each of the two contests by nearly 50 points. Lately the Lancers have fared better, winning two of their last three with the lone loss a six-point margin at Cornell.
• While Longwood has scored at least 78 points in each of those last three contests, it has allowed at least 75 in every game to date. Most recently, it defeated Central Penn College, 88-75
• Three Lancers score in double figures, led by Tristan Carey at 16.1 ppg. More than half of his 113 points have come from three-point range, where he is connecting on 37.3 percent (19-of-51); the rest of the team hits 23.0 pct. from outside.
• Michael Kessens has been a beast on the blocks, averaging a double-double at 14.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg, the latter figure ranking among the top 10 nationally.
• The other player in double figures is Nick Brown at 11.7 ppg, although he is shooting just 30.9 percent from the floor. Nearly one-third of his points have come at the foul line.
• Longwood plays at a fairly frenetic pace while coughing the ball up 20 times per game.
• Head coach Mike Gillian is in his 10th season at Longwood with a record of 87-194 having guided the team through the transition to Division I.
Mitola on the Mark
Freshman came to Dartmouth known for his outside shooting, but couldn’t get his shot to fall early in the season. Of his first 22 three-point attempts, the 5-11 point guard got just four (.182) to go through the hoop. But in a four-minute span in the second half against IPFW, Mitola drained three straight. He added four more the next time out at Bucknell, giving him seven treys in his last 14 attempts (.500). The rookie is the only player on the team to score in double figures in each contest.
Starters Carrying the Load
Of the 240 points scored by the Big Green, 195 have been scored by the starters in any given game, making Dartmouth one of just 12 known teams in the country to have at least 80 percent of its scoring come from the starting five.
The Further Out, the Better
Dartmouth enjoyed its best accuracy of the season from three-point range at Bucknell, canning 11-of-27 three-pointers (.407). But inside the arc, the Big Green got just 5-of-25 (.200) to fall through the hoop.
One thing Dartmouth has done well this season is free throw shooting. With 57 out of 74 foul shots, the Big Green lead the Ivy League at 77.0 percent, which puts them among the top 25 nationally.