The Game: Dartmouth (1-0) vs. New Hampshire (1-0)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Tuesday, November 15 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. UNH: Tied, 31-31
Live Audio, Video - Dave Collins, play-by-play
Complete Game Notes
• Dartmouth continues its three-game homestand to open the 2012-13 season by hosting cross-state rival New Hampshire on Tuesday. This is first time in 34 years and just third time since 1950 that the Big Green have opened a season with three consecutive home games.
• The Green opened their campaign with a resounding 67-54 victory over Maine on Saturday, their first win in a season opener in eight years.
• Sophomore Gabas Maldunas led Dartmouth to the win with a double-double — career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds — while sophomore John Golden and freshman Alex Mitola chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively.
• Maldunas, a four-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week last year, earned the Player of the Week honor for his performance, the first for a Big Green player since Alex Barnett led Dartmouth to historical wins at Penn and Princeton on Feb. 20-21, 2009.
• Five of the seven freshmen saw action against Maine, collecting a total of 18 points with three three-pointers, nine rebounds and three steals.
• A victory over the Wildcats would give Dartmouth consecutive victories for the first time since those wins at Penn and Princeton in 2009.
Series vs. New Hampshire
• First played in 1909 when UNH was still known as New Hampshire State, Dartmouth always had the upper hand in the series until the Wildcats evened things up last year with a 53-50 victory in Durham.
• UNH has won the last four against the Big Green and six of the last seven with the lone Dartmouth win a 65-60 triumph in overtime on the road.
• The Big Green are 8-6 against New Hampshire in Leede Arena, but the last victory was eight years ago as the Wildcats have taken the last three at the venue.
• Head Coach Paul Cormier is 7-4 in his career against his alma mater during his two stints at Dartmouth.
Scouting the Wildcats
• New Hampshire opened its season with a 91-51 blowout of Suffolk on Saturday afternoon as five players scored in double figures, three of which came off the bench.
• Patrick Konan led UNH with 16 points while knocking down 6-of-9 field goals with a pair of three-pointers, and Chris Pelcher and Ferg Myrick each posted 14 points and nine rebounds.
• The Wildcats shot almost as well from the floor as they did the free throw line, hitting 35-of-64 field goals (.547) and 14-of-24 foul shots (.583).
• New Hampshire was picked to finish sixth in the America East Conference in the preseason poll of the league’s coaches.
• Nine lettermen and three starters are back from a Wildcat team that tied for fifth in the standings a year ago. Chandler Rhoads is the top returning scorer (11.2 ppg), and Myrick was the second-leading rebounder (5.8 rpg) while contributing 9.7 ppg.
• Last year UNH featured one of the best defenses in the country against the three-pointer, holding opponents under 30 percent.
• Bill Herrion is in his eighth season at the helm of the Wildcats, sporting an 84-124 record in Durham and a 321-293 mark in this his 22nd year as a head coach having taken Drexel to the NCAA Tournament three times in the 1990s.
For the first time in eight years, Dartmouth finds itself sporting a 1-0 record having defeated Maine in the season opener, 67-54. It is likely not a coincidence that the Big Green started each of the seven previous seasons on the road. The last win in the first game of the year came against Quinnipiac in 2004, 66-61.
Maldunas Player of the Week
Sophomore big man led Dartmouth to that 67-54 win over Maine by recording his fifth career double-double with a personal-best 25 points and 10 rebounds. He drained 10-of-15 shots (becoming the first Big Green player to collect 10 field goals in the last 93 games) and 5-of-6 at the charity stripe. And with his four blocks and three steals at the defensive end, he shared the Ivy League Player of the Week honor from the conference office and won the award outright from College Sports Madness. He is the first Dartmouth player to garner the league’s weekly award since Alex Barnett ’09 in February 2009 after historic victories over Penn and Princeton on the road.
Men of Steal
The Dartmouth defense was as good as it has been in recent memory, holding Maine to 35.8 percent shooting (19-of-53) in the season opener. The Big Green also forced 17 turnovers on the strength of 11 steals, the most against a Division I squad since swiping 13 against Yale at the end of the 2008-09 campaign.
Freshmen Make Their Mark Early
Six of the seven freshmen on the roster saw time on the court in the season opener, with guards Kevin Crescenzi and both in the starting lineup. Mitola finished the night with 12 points and a couple of assists at the point, while Crescenzi knocked down a three-pointer in 18 minutes.