The Game: Dartmouth (3-4) vs. Jacksonville State (4-7)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Saturday, December 14 at 4 p.m.
Series Record vs. Jacksonville State: First meeting
Live Audio, Video - Big Green Insider on the Ivy League Digital Network — Dave Collins, play-by-play
Complete Game Notes
Home At Last
• This game against Jacksonville State is the first for the men in Leede Arena in four weeks. But thanks to finals, Dartmouth played just four games in between, all on the road.
• The road trip started well with an 81-56 drubbing of Maine, but the Big Green dropped all three on its Midwestern swing, the most recent a hard-fought 72-65 defeat at Illinois of the Big Ten.
• Despite the three-game skid, Dartmouth still leads the Ivy League in scoring (75.3 ppg), field goal percentage (.467) and rebound margin (+7.0).
• Illinois may have had bigger bodies, but the Big Green more than held their own in the paint, nearly matching the host Illini scoring down low (30-28) and winning the boards, 33-27.
• Dartmouth’s starting big men and leading scorers and rebounders, forward Connor Boehm (12.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and center Gabas Maldunas (10.9, Ivy-leading 9.6), led the Green with 17 points and nine caroms apiece.
• For the second straight game, freshman Eli Harrison came off the bench and drained four three-pointers. The rookie has now knocked down 10-of-15 from long range.
• Head coach Paul Cormier is in his 11th season overall at Dartmouth, and fourth year of his second stint in Hanover, with a record of 109-166 with the Big Green.
Series vs. Jacksonville State
• This is the first meeting on the hardwood ever between Dartmouth and the Gamecocks.
• This is also the first time the Big Green have played a current Ohio Valley Conference team on a home court. Dartmouth split two games with Tennessee State (winning in 1975 and losing in 1997), but both games were at neutral sites.
• Cormier is also 1-1 in his career against OVC teams, but his games came while at Fairfield, splitting two contests with Southeast Missouri State.
Scouting the Gamecocks
• Since opening the season with five straight losses, Jacksonville State (located in eastern Alabama) has won four of its last six, including a 63-52 victory over Alcorn State on Wednesday.
• The Gamecocks have a rough go of it away from home with a 1-6 record. Their only victory on the road came at Alabama A&M, 76-69.
• While JSU managed to shoot just 39.7 percent in the win over Alcorn, its defense was stifling. The Braves converted less than 30 percent of its field goals, including just 4-of-23 (.174) in the first half.
• Leading scorer Darion Rackley (12.5 pgg) was held to just two points against Alcorn, but fellow guard Undra Mitchem picked up the slack with 13 points and 6-8 forward Jamal Hunter added 10.
• The third starting guard, Brian Williams, takes the most shots and averages 11.6 points per game, but Mitchem is the leading long-range bomber at 48.5 percent (16-of-33).
• The Gamecocks are shooting 43.0 percent as a team and 67.3 percent from the foul line, plus have a positive rebound margin (1.3).
• Veteran head coach James Green (Mississippi ’83) is in his sixth season at JSU and 17th overall having had stints at Southern Mississippi (8 years) and Mississippi Valley State (3). He has a 63-97 record with the Gamecocks and 230-247 overall.
Whatever You Can Do …
Big men Connor Boehm and Gabas Maldunas tried to outdo each other in the game at Illinois on Dec. 10, but the two matched each other point for point and rebound for rebound. Each one scored 17 points and hauled in nine boards, both of which were high marks for either team.
Harrison Heats Up
After playing a total of six minutes in the first five games, with just two three-pointers in as many tries, freshman was given his first extended action at IPFW on Dec. 7. The rookie made the most of his opportunity, draining four triples in six attempts to provide the Big Green with an offensive spark. And lightning struck again three days later as Harrison was called upon at Illinois and cranked four more triples in just seven attempts. Harrison is now 10-for-15 (.667) on the season from behind the arc.
Putting Points on the Board
The Big Green are leading the Ivy League in scoring at the quarter turn of the season, tossing up 75.3 points per game. It has been a long time since Dartmouth managed to score that much over an entire season, however — 25 years to be exact. The 1988-89 squad, also coached by , tallied 75.8 points a game. No Big Green team since has even topped 70 points.
Must Be a Tractor Boehm
Sophomore has been spot on when shooting this season, clipping the nets at a 62.3 percent rate, which ranked 25th in the nation entering the week. In five of the seven games, he has knocked down at least half of his shots, including a perfect 6-of-6 in the season opener and 7-of-10 in a victory at Maine to start December. In his last game at Illinois, the 6-7 forward sank 7-of-11 field goals in scoring a season-high 17 points.