Big Green Host Princeton and Penn at Leede Arena
The Game: Dartmouth (6-14, 2-4) vs. Princeton (11-8, 4-1) and Penn (5-17, 2-3)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 16 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Princeton: Tigers lead 142-61
Series Record vs. Penn: Quakers lead 147-56
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Complete Game Notes
• Dartmouth, winners of two of its past three games, will be looking to continue its recent success against Princeton, one of the top teams in the league, and Penn, which is coming off a lopsided victory over Brown.
• Last weekend, the Big Green snapped a 24-game road losing streak in Ivy play by besting Columbia in New York, 60-57 (highlights).
• The win over the Lions also gave Dartmouth its first winning streak since Feb. 20-21, 2009 when the Green knocked off Penn and Princeton on the road — the only time they have swept the two on their home courts in one weekend.
• Dartmouth has now won more games in league play and overall since the 2008-09 season when the team went 9-19 and 7-7.
• Three starters — freshmen Connor Boehm and Alex Mitola, and junior Tyler Melville — accounted for 52 of the 60 points in the win. Boehm recorded 20, his second 20-point game this year.
• That trio combined to shoot 20-for-31 (.645) overall and 7-of-12 (.583) on three-pointers.
• Dartmouth had connected on at least half of its shots in four of the previous five games until being held to just 28.6 percent in a 79-56 loss at Cornell on Sunday.
• Melville and Mitola led the Big Green with 12 and 10 points, respectively, against the Big Red.
Series vs. Princeton
• This is the 204th game in the series that dates back to 1905. The Tigers have a sizable advantage at 142-61.
• Princeton has won the past six meetings, with the last Dartmouth victory coming on Feb. 21, 2009 by a final of 66-63 in New Jersey.
• Big Green head coach Paul Cormier is 4-14 versus the Tigers during his collegiate coaching career.
• Dartmouth is 8-17 against the Tigers in Leede Arena since the venue opened in the fall of 1987.
• The first game between the two schools on the hardwood was a 37-8 Big Green victory on the Princeton campus on Dec. 12, 1905.
Scouting the Tigers
• Princeton just suffered a four-point loss to Yale, snapping a six-game winning streak and a 21-game home win streak against Ivy teams.
• Three of the Tigers’s four wins in the league have been by double digits, including 17-points wins over Cornell and Brown — two teams that beat the Big Green already this year.
• Princeton has been red-hot shooting the ball since Ivy play began, hitting 51.7 percent from the floor and 42-of-80 (.525) from behind the arc.
• The trio of Ian Hummer, Denton Koon and T.J. Bray have torched conference opponents for more than 45 points a game while shooting 58.3 percent overall and 63.2 percent (24-of-38) on three-pointers.
• Hummer is also the Tigers’ top rebounder at 6.5 per game for the season, while Hans Brase and Will Barrett have stepped up their presence on the blocks in league play at 6.8 and 6.2, respectively.
• Defensively Princeton has allowed other Ivies to shoot 43.9 percent and 31.3 percent from three.
• Mitch Henderson (Princeton ’98) is in his second year heading up his alma mater with a 31-20 record to date. He played in three NCAA Tournaments with the Tigers and spent 11 years as an assistant at Northwestern.
Series vs. Penn
• Like the Princeton series, Dartmouth has squared off against the Quakers 203 times previously with Penn holding a 147-56 lead.
• The Quakers have won the past six meetings, though both games last year were by three points. The last Big Green victory came at The Palestra on Feb. 20, 2009, by a final of 69-59.
• Head coach is 4-14 against Penn in his collegiate coaching career.
• Since winning four of the first five contests versus Penn in Leede Arena, Dartmouth has won just two of 19 in this building for a 6-20 record.
Scouting the Quakers
• Penn has had its share of tough luck this year with four losses by two points each and another in overtime. But last time on the court, the Quakers trounced Brown, 71-48.
• Of the 13 players that have seen action this year, 12 have started at least one game, partly due to some key injuries.
• Penn is shooting better since league play began, including 33-of-80 (.413) from three-point range.
• Guard Miles Cartwright is the Quakers’ leading scorer at 14.0 ppg overall and against Ivies. He is also an excellent free throw shooter (.866).
• Tony Hicks has come on strong in Ivy play, chipping in 12.0 ppg
• Penn lacks a strong rebounder as just about every player on the roster is averaging between 2.5 and 3.6 boards per game in the league.
• Darien Nelson-Henry is a presence in the lane, however, with 10 blocks in five Ivy games. And watch for Dau Jok off the bench as he is 7-of-14 from three-point range in conference contests.
• Head coach Jerome Allen (Penn ’09) played for the Quakers from 1991-95 and became the head coach on Dec. 14, 2009, taking over the program in midseason. He sports a record of 44-60 but is 6-0 against the Big Green.
Freshman was a big key to the 60-57 victory at Columbia on Feb. 8, leading the Big Green with 20 points and seven rebounds. It was the rookie’s second 20-point game of the season, with nine of those points coming during a stretch of nearly 11 minutes in the second half when no other Dartmouth player scored. Entering the weekend, Boehm leads the Green in scoring (12.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg) in league play.
Guards Come Through in Clutch
The two starters at guard — junior and freshman — made sure Dartmouth did not let its lead slip away in the final minutes at Columbia. Mitola gave the Green the lead for good with 1:37 to play as he drove in the lane for a layup, then popped a three moments later for a four-point advantage. Melville then calmly dropped in a pair of free throws with 31 ticks on the clock with what proved to be the game’s final points, giving Dartmouth some breathing room. The duo combined for 32 points and 7-of-9 on three-pointers in the game.
Dartmouth got into the win column in league play on Feb. 2 by defeating Yale at Leede Arena by nine points, 71-62, ending a personal seven-game slide against the Bulldogs. The next game, the Big Green got some more monkeys off their back by besting Columbia, 60-57. Not only did they win consecutive games for the first time since winning at Penn and Princeton on Feb. 20-21, 2009, but they also ended a 24-game losing streak in Ivy road games that dated back to that same weekend.
Over the past three years, Dartmouth had not had great success shooting the ball, ranking among the bottom 10 teams nationally in field goal percentage. That trend continued for the first 11 games this season as the Big Green hit just 36.0 percent from the floor. But once the calendar turned to 2013, Dartmouth honed its sights and is now popping shots at a 45.2 percent clip, hitting at least 50 percent in four of the last six contests. Gabas Maldunas (.557), (.517) and Jvonte Brooks (.500) have all markedly improved, with Melville (.565) and (.415) draining threes at a high rate as well.
The Big Green have several players among the Ivy League leaders at the halfway point of the season. Malik Gill is fourth in steals per game (1.8), is fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.2) and ninth in three-point percentage (.381), and is sixth in rebounding (6.0 rpg) while is eighth (5.8 rpg) and ninth (5.5 rpg), not to mention seventh in field goal percentage (.486). Maldunas is also tied for sixth among Ivy players in blocks per game (0.9).