The Game: Dartmouth (2-3) at Elon (5-3)
Location: Alumni Gym (1,607), Elon, N.C.
Tipoff: Tuesday, December 4 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Elon: Big Green lead 1-0
Live Video - ElonPhoenix.com
Complete Game Notes
Playing Elon with Elan
• Coming off its second win of the season, Dartmouth is aiming to string together two consecutive victories for the first time since 2009 as it takes on Elon in North Carolina.
• This is the second straight opponent that took a loss against the Big Green last year as Dartmouth topped the Phoenix in Hanover, 62-54.
• Last time on the court, the Big Green knocked off Longwood by a 61-53 final score thanks to a strong showing in the second half in which they outscored the Lancers, 42-30, equaling Dartmouth’s highest-scoring half of the year.
• Sophomore center Gabas Maldunas led three Green players in double figures with 19 points. Joining him were sophomore John Golden with 16 and freshman Alex Mitola with 10, making the latter the only player on the team to score in double figures in every game thus far.
• Scoring wasn’t the only thing Mitola provided as the rookie dished out a season-high six assists and tied for team-high honors of seven rebounds (despite being 5-11).
• As a team, Dartmouth enjoyed its finest shooting of the young season from long range at 42.9 percent (6-of-14), but its worst free throw shooting at 55.0 percent (11-of-20).
Series vs. Elon
• Last year was the first time the two teams met on the hardwood with Dartmouth winning the game at home, 62-54.
• Both and recorded double-doubles for the Big Green. Maldunas tallied a game-high 17 points with 10 rebounds while Golden had 10 points with a career-best 11 caroms.
• The Phoenix were 7-2 when they came to Hanover last year, but finished the 2011-12 season with a 15-16 record.
• Head coach Paul Cormier is 1-0 in his career against Elon, and 1-0 against any team that is currently a member of the Southern Conference.
Scouting the Phoenix
• Elon opened the season with a loss at Butler, but since has won five of seven, including a 12-point win on the road at South Carolina.
• Most recently the Phoenix dropped a 56-54 decision at home to College of Charleston, a squad that has a road win at Baylor to its credit.
• Forward Lucas Troutman is the on-court leader with 14.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, not to mention 20 blocks. He is also shooting close to 50 percent (49-of-99) from the floor.
• Elon has a pair of long-range bombers in Jack Isenbarger (22-of-54, .407) and Sebastian Koch (17-32, .531), but also have three others hitting at least one trey per game.
• Nearly 40 percent (190 out of 488) of the shots the Phoenix players take are from behind the arc, making them at a 35.8 percent clip.
• Elon is one of the best teams in the country at taking care of the basketball, coughing the ball up just 10.8 times per game (20th nationally), while at the same time forcing an average of 17 turnovers.
• Head coach Matt Matheny is in his fourth year at the helm of the Phoenix, having posted a record of 43-59. Prior to arriving at Elon, he was an assistant at his alma mater, Davidson, for 16 years. He was on the Wildcat staff that took the team to the Elite 8 in 2008.
With the 61-53 win at Longwood on Dec. 1, Dartmouth earned its first win on the road since defeating Alaska Anchorage in the Great Alaska Shootout last season, slightly more than one year ago (Nov. 25, 2011). The last time the Big Green had defeated a Division I team on the road was a 67-59 triumph at Drake on Dec. 21, 2010.
One aspect at which the Dartmouth defense has done well this year is limiting three-pointers. The opposition is shooting just 26.2 percent from downtown, the 25th lowest mark in the country.
Golden Hearts Longwood
For whatever reason, sophomore enjoys shooting against Longwood. In the two games against the Lancers, he has drilled 12-of-18 field goals (.667) and blistered the nets from three-point range at 9-of-11 (.818). On Dec. 1, he went 6-of-10 overall and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc for a season-high 16 points.
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 against IPFW, Mitola drained three straight. Beginning with that spurt, he has connected on 9-of-20 (.450). The rookie is also the only player on the team to score in double figures in each contest.
Starters Carrying the Load
Of the 301 points scored by the Big Green, 248 have been scored by the starters (82.4 percent) 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.