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Arizona State Defeats Big Green, 61-42

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By Steve Rodriguez

TEMPE, Ariz. — Dartmouth sophomores Gabas Maldunas and John Golden provided 12 and 10 points, respectively, but host Arizona State got 18 from rookie Jahii Carson and a double-double from Carrick Felix to knock off the Big Green on Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena, 61-42. The Sun Devils (9-2) consistently found their way to the rim, scoring 44 points in the paint, to rebound from a home loss to DePaul on Wednesday. The 42 points are a season-low for Dartmouth (2-7), which lost the first meeting between the two schools in 23 years.

Arizona State also enjoyed a 42-32 rebounding edge on the glass with Felix leading the way with 14 boards to go along with his 13 points. The 6-6 forward also blocked five shots and came away with four steals. Carson was 8-of-16 from the floor while dishing out six assists, tying for the team lead with Jonathan Gilling.

The Big Green shot 32.7 percent (16-of-49) on the afternoon and just 33.3 percent (5-of-15) at the free throw line to sabotage their chances of staying close to the Pac-12 opponent. Only five players put points on the board with Maldunas battling in the post for his 12 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Golden was 3-of-8 with a pair of three-pointers, while freshman Alex Mitola drained a trio of triples for nine points. On the glass, freshman Connor Boehm gathered up 10 rebounds, double that of any other Dartmouth player.

The Sun Devils went to their 7-2 center Jordan Bachynski at the outset of the game as he scored five points in the 7-0 start, including a three-point play on a dunk. Mitola put the Green on the board with a three-pointer before Bachynski slammed another one home.

Three straight buckets by Maldunas allowed Dartmouth to battle back and tie the score at 11, only to have ASU rip off 14 straight points — 10 coming on five layups — over a seven-minute span. Golden broke the run with a trifecta, and after Carson drove for an acrobatic layup, Golden popped another trey. Mitola drained his second three of the half as well, and a free throw by sophomore Jvonte Brooks with 9.1 seconds left got the Big Green within eight at 29-21. But the Sun Devil lead at the half got to 10 thanks to a Bachynski tip-in at the buzzer.

In the second half, Carson scored the first four points to build the ASU lead to 14, but Dartmouth responded with the next five. The difference fluctuated between eight and 13 points for the next six minutes with the Sun Devils holding a 46-33 lead with nine minutes to play.

The Big Green put together one more run to close the gap to seven as Golden hit an off-balance floater and sank two free throws before Maldunas drained a 17-footer. With the score at 46-39 with seven minutes to play, Dartmouth seemed to hit a wall as ASU put together a 12-1 run with five layups in a three-minute stretch, putting the game out of reach at 58-40.

Dartmouth has one more game before Christmas, taking on Bryant in Rhode Island on Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. Arizona State also plays that day in a tilt at Texas Tech at 1 p.m. (CST).

Notes: The only other game between the two teams was on Dec. 19, 1989 when ASU hosted Dartmouth and defeated the Big Green, 66-55 ... Boehm has had at least 10 rebounds in three of the last four games ... freshman Tommy Carpenter had the only points by the Dartmouth reserves with four.