HANOVER, N.H. — Rafael Maia matched his career high with 21 points while hitting 10-of-11 field goals to lead the visiting Brown Bears to a 62-50 victory at Dartmouth on Friday evening. Brown (8-9, 2-1 Ivy) shot 52.2 percent as a team and never trailed, always leading by at least 10 in the second half. The Big Green (4-13, 0-3 Ivy) got 16 points from freshman Connor Boehm.
Joining Maia in double figures were Sean McGonagill with 12 points as well as five assists, and Tucker Halpern off the bench with an even 10. Brown won the battle in the paint, scoring 28 points from close range to just 14 for Dartmouth, plus outrebounded the Green, 27-23.
Boehm went 7-of-11 from the floor with a three-pointer and a free throw on a three-point play as the only Dartmouth player to score in double figures. All five starters hauled in three rebounds to tie for the team lead, and junior Tyler Melville handed out six assists to tie his personal best.
The Bears took control of the game from the opening tap, scoring the first seven points on a three-pointer by Matt Sullivan sandwiched between two Maia layups, both assisted by Sullivan.
Melville broke the ice for the Big Green with a drive to the hoop and a soft, high shot off the glass to get the shot over the Brown big men. But McGonagill quickly answered with a three-pointer. Dartmouth twice more cut the deficit to five, but a 9-2 spurt — capped by a Halpern three — gave the Bears their first double-digit lead at 23-11.
A three-point play by Boehm briefly cut the lead back into single digits, but Maia provided another layup. A three-point by freshman Alex Mitola with 5:21 left in the half kept the Big Green within eight at 27-19, but when Sullivan laid one in on a pass from Maia, Dartmouth would not get closer than 10 points the rest of the night.
Dartmouth did finish the opening 20 minutes on a high note as sophomore John Golden flushed one home and classmate Gabas Maldunas tapped in a miss at the buzzer, leaving Brown with a 33-23 advantage at the break.
The Bears ripped the nets at a 61.9 percent clip (13-of-21) in the first half, while the Big Green managed just 34.5 percent (10-of-29) from the floor. Dartmouth committed just two turnovers and assisted on seven of its 10 field goals.
In the second half, Brown methodically opened up a 19-point bulge at 49-28 thanks to three Maia layups and three-pointers by McGonagill and Stephen Albrecht. Freshman Malik Gill answered that Albrecht trey with one of his own — his first of three on the night — sparking a 13-4 Big Green run. Melville and Boehm pitched in three-pointers during the spurt to give Dartmouth hope, trailing 52-42 with 4:46 to go.
But within a minute, the Bear lead was back to 15 courtesy of Albrecht, who delivered a trifecta before finding Maia in the paint for an easy bucket. Gill drilled two triples in the final 90 seconds, but it was too little, too late.
Dartmouth will attempt to earn its first Ivy win of the season tomorrow evening when Yale (7-13, 1-2 Ivy) makes the trek to Leede Arena for a game that tips at 7 p.m. Brown travels to Harvard (11-6, 3-0 Ivy) to take on the defending champs in Cambridge at 7 p.m.