HANOVER, N.H. — Freshmen John Golden and Jvonte Brooks each posted a season high with 17 and 16 points, respectively, to lead the Dartmouth men’s basketball team to an 83-67 home victory over Longwood on Saturday afternoon at Leede Arena. Five Big Green players scored in double figures in a game Dartmouth (4-13) never trailed, ending its six-game skid and snapping a two-game win streak for Longwood (6-12).
The 83 points were the most for the Big Green against a Division I opponent in nearly four years as the squad shot a season-best 54.7 percent (29-of-53) from the floor, including a sizzling 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from three-point range. The Dartmouth defense, meanwhile, contained the Lancers and held them to just 32.9 percent (23-of-70) shooting and 28.6 percent (8-of-28) from downtown.
Golden scored most of his points from behind the arc, drilling 5-of-6 three-point attempts and 6-of-8 overall, while Brooks was 5-of-7 from the floor and 6-of-7 at the foul line to comprise his 16 points. Both players also hauled in a team-best seven rebounds as Dartmouth held a 41-35 advantage on the boards. Joining the duo in double figures were junior R.J. Griffin with 14 points with three triples, senior David Rufful with 13 — all in the second half — and freshman Gabas Maldunas with 10. His last two points were the final ones for Dartmouth on a wide-open jam in the final minute of play.
Longwood was led by Antwan Carter with 20 points and eight rebounds, despite playing just 24 minutes due to foul trouble. Jeremiah Powman added 14 points while Martiz Washington canned four three-pointers for 12 points on the afternoon.
The Big Green jumped out to an early 10-3 lead, and after Washington drilled a pair of trifectas to pull the Lancers within one, Dartmouth ripped off 11 straight points over a four-minute span. Senior Jabari Trotter started the run with a 17-footer followed by a three-pointer before junior Matt LaBove, Brooks and Griffin each scored to finish it off for a 21-9 lead.
Longwood came right back with an 11-2 spurt as Carter swished a trey, then got three the old-fashioned way. The Big Green lead hovered between three and seven points for most of the remained of the half until Dartmouth tallied the final eight points of the half, capped by a Griffin three-pointer as the Green went into the locker room up 11 at 41-30.
Maldunas, who played just five minutes in the first half while picking up three fouls, started the scoring after the break with a short jumper after Dartmouth grabbed three offensive rebounds. But overall, the first 10 minutes of the second half were quite a bit sloppier for Dartmouth. After coughing the ball up just twice in the opening stanza, the Big Green turned it over nine times, allowing Longwood to roar back and tie the game at 52. Five of those turnovers came during a 10-0 Lancer run the knotted the score with 10:24 to play.
An immediate answer came in the form of a Maldunas bucket in the paint, making it 13 straight points for Dartmouth freshmen to start the second half. The senior captain, Rufful, put his first points on the board on a putback during a fast break with 8:50 to play for a four-point Big Green lead. After a Rufful steal and a basket, Dartmouth got three-pointers from Golden and Griffin to extend the lead to 64-57.
Rufful continued his offensive surge with the third straight trifecta for the Big Green, then a 12-footer to boost the lead back to double digits at 69-59. On each of the next two Big Green possessions, Golden nailed a three-pointer, the second being a prayer with the shot clock winding down as Dartmouth went up 12 with 2:40 on the clock. Thirty seconds later, Carter picked up his fifth foul on a technical, and Dartmouth cruised to the victory.
With the non-conference portion of its schedule complete, Dartmouth refocuses its attention to the Ivy League. Next up for the Big Green is a home game next Saturday at 7 p.m. against 25th-ranked Harvard (15-2, 1-0 Ivy), who defeated Dartmouth in Cambridge last week by 16. Longwood works its way back to Virginia with a stop-off in New Jersey on Monday to take on Fairleigh Dickinson at 2 p.m.