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Midwest Trip Continues at IPFW

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 12/06/2013
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The Game: Dartmouth (3-2) at IPFW (6-4)
Location: Memorial Coliseum (13,000), Fort Wayne, Ind.
Tipoff: Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. IPFW: Mastodons lead 2-0
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Familiar Foe in IPFW
•    For the third straight year, Dartmouth and IPFW are squaring off on the hardcourt as the Big Green return to Fort Wayne for the only game the Mastodon’s will host at Memorial Coliseum this year.
•    This is the second of three straight games in the Midwest — Dartmouth dropped a 64-57 contest at Northern Illinois on Thursday and wrap up the trip at Illinois on Dec. 10.
•    The Big Green offense that was averaging over 80 points a game was maintaining that pace for the first 10 minutes at NIU before a scoreless stretch that lasted until the final seconds of the half.
•    Still, Dartmouth overcame that drought and had a two-point lead with 4:30 to play, but was outscored 12-3 down the stretch.
•    Junior Gabas Maldunas paced the Big Green with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting, plus led all players with eight rebounds.
•    NIU had a slight edge on the boards, 33-31, the first time this season Dartmouth has failed to grab at least as many rebounds as its opponent.
•    Dartmouth’s leading scorer, Alex Mitola, matched his season average with 13 points thanks to a trio of three-pointers.
•    The Big Green own a 3-1 record for the first time since the 1996-97 squad matched that start before finishing the year at 18-8.

Series vs. IPFW
•    The two teams first met in the 2011-12 season, and the Mastodons have won both encounters on the hardwood — 56-51 in Fort Wayne, then 70-66 last year in Hanover.
• IPFW opened up a 13-point lead at the half last year, only to have Dartmouth rally to within one before holding off the host Big Green.
•    Alex Mitola scored 18 points in the loss while John Golden added 15.
•    Head coach Paul Cormier is 0-2 in his career against IPFW, but he does have a win against another Summit League school having beaten Western Illinois while at Fairfield.

Scouting the Mastodons
•    IPFW enters this game with a 6-4 record with two of the losses coming by one point — at a school that is currently ranked (Dayton) and at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi — and another by two at Illinois.
•    Only two of the Mastodon’s 10 games have come at home, both against non-Division I teams.
•    IPFW has shot the ball well at 48.4 percent with forwards Steve Forbes and Joe Reed both shooting better than 60 percent while averaging at least 10 points a game.
•    But it is reserve forward Luis Jacobo that leads the team in scoring at 13.3 ppg, although he has missed three games.
•    Pierre Bland pushes the tempo at the point with 50 assists and just 20 turnovers, plus a team-high 16 steals.
•    Michael Kibloski and Mo Evans are the Mastodon’s three-point bombers, shooting 41.2 and 48.4 percent, respectively.
•    IPFW hits the boards hard, grabbing nearly six more rebounds per game with Reed leading the way with 5.9 a night.
•    Tony Jasick is in his third season as the IPFW head coach and enters this game with a 33-40 record. Last year’s win total of 16 was tie for the second-most for the Mastodons in 20 years.

Three-Game Streak Still Elusive
With Dartmouth’s season-opening win over Lyndon State, the Big Green recorded three consecutive victories (dating back to last year) for the first time since the 2008-09 squad defeated Penn, Brown and Yale in succession. But Dartmouth was hoping to accomplish the feat in a single season for the first time since then when it traveled to Northern Illinois riding a modest two-game streak. Alas, it was not to be as the host Huskies handed the Green a 64-57 defeat.

Best Five-Game Start in 11 Years
Even though Dartmouth came up short at Northern Illinois, the 3-2 record is still its best five-game start since the 2001-02 campaign. The last time the Big Green had a better five-game record came in the 1996-97 season when they went 4-1. That team went on to finish the season with an 18-8 overall record while going 10-4 in the Ivy League.

Biggest D-I Win in 16 Years
With its 81-56 victory at Maine on Dec. 1, Dartmouth posted its largest margin of victory against a Division I opponent in over 16 years. The last time the Big Green won by at least 25 versus a D-I team came on Valentine’s Day in 1997 when they pummeled Columbia in New York, 82-47.

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