The Game: Dartmouth (1-1) vs. IPFW (3-3)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Saturday, November 24 at 2 p.m.
Series Record vs. IPFW: Mastodons lead 1-0
Live Audio, Video - Big Green Insider (Dave Collins, play-by-play)
Complete Game Notes
Final Home Game of 2012
• This is the third and final game in the season-opening homestand for Dartmouth, but also the last at Leede Arena until the calendar changes to 2013. The next eight contests will all take place on the road.
• The Big Green have not played in 11 days due to the fall term final exams. New Hampshire came to town on Nov. 13 and beat Dartmouth, 72-58.
• Sophomore Jvonte Brooks provided a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds while freshman point guard Alex Mitola dropped in 17 points.
• The Green shot just .267 from the floor (16-of-60) in the loss, their lowest shooting percentage since the 2010-11 season opener at Providence when they hit 16-of-63 (.254) field goals.
• After earning the co-Player of the Week after the season opener, sophomore Gabas Maldunas was contained to just eight points and four boards while fouling out against the Wildcats.
• In each of the first two games, Dartmouth has come away with 11 steals, its most against a Division I opponent since nabbing 13 against Yale in March of 2009.
• A victory over IPFW would give the Big Green their first 2-1 start to a season since the 1999-2000 campaign.
Series vs. IPFW
• These two squads first met on the hardwood last year when the host Mastodons nipped Dartmouth, 56-51.
• David Rufful ’12 led the Big Green with 15 points last year while John Golden chipped in 11.
• Golden gave Dartmouth a 47-46 lead with 5:08 to play, but after 2:25 with no scoring, IPFW retook the lead on a pair of Frank Gaines free throws to start a 9-1 run to put the game away.
• Head Coach Paul Cormier is 0-1 against IPFW in his coaching career.
Scouting the Mastodons
• IPFW has just one victory against a Division I team, beating Texas-Pan American last week in the Eastern Michigan Ice Man Classic in triple overtime, 97-94. After dropping games to the host and Eastern Illinois, the Mastodons returned home and manhandled Judson, 92-22.
• IPFW plays a nine-man rotation with none of the other six players on the roster seeing action yet, even in the lopsided victory over Judson.
• Senior guard Frank Gaines, who scored 21 points against the Big Green last year, is the only Mastodon averaging double-figure points at 22.2 while shooting 48.3 percent (42-of-87) from the floor but just 24.2 percent (8-of-33) from downtown.
• Four players haul in at least five rebounds a game, led by Mario Hines (7.0), who also is second on the squad in scoring at 9.5 ppg.
• Even without the Judson game, the Mastodons are besting their opponents by more than eight rebounds per game.
• The outside shots haven’t fallen often this year for IPFW with 33 three-pointers in 119 attempts, a 27.7 percent rate.
• Tony Jasick is in his second season at the helm of the Mastodons, having guided them to an 11-19 record and a 5-12 mark in the Summit League last year. He had been on the IPFW staff for seven years before being promoted to the head job.
Entering the 2012-13 campaign, Dartmouth players had just 10 double-doubles to their names. After two games, two more were added to the ledger, the most recent being ’ with 10 points and 11 boards against UNH, the fifth of his career.
The collective shooting touch of the Big Green has not been on the mark after two games at 34.9 percent. In the 72-58 loss to New Hampshire, Dartmouth managed to shoot just 26.7 percent, its worst accuracy from the floor since the 2010-11 season opener at Providence when it hit on 25.4 percent.
The Big Green forced New Hampshire into 20 turnovers in the second game of the season. The last time an opponent coughed the ball up that many times was the second game of last season when Vermont had exactly 20 as well.