The Game: Dartmouth (5-4) vs. Longwood (5-7)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Saturday, December 21 at 4 p.m.
Series Record vs. Longwood: Big Green lead 2-0
Live Audio, HD Video - Big Green Insider on the Ivy League Digital Network — Dave Collins, play-by-play
Complete Game Notes
Beginning of Four-Game Homestand
• Dartmouth opens a four-game homestand that bridges the new year with a showdown against Longwood, a team the Big Green have beaten in each of the past two seasons.
• With wins over Jacksonville State and New Hampshire the last two games, Dartmouth has a chance to record its first three-game winning streak since the 2008-09 season.
• In the victory at UNH, the Big Green continued to crash the boards, outrebounding the Wildcats, 39-22, while holding their host to a mere 32.6 percent shooting, and 19.2 pct. in the second half.
• Senior Tyler Melville tallied a season-high 17 points thanks to a trio of three-pointers.
• Junior Gabas Maldunas registered his third double-double of the season and the 10th of his career with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while sophomore Connor Boehm just missed out on one with 14 points and nine caroms.
• Dartmouth has the Ivy League’s leader in field goal percentage (Boehm, .618) and rebounding (Maldunas, 10.1 rpg), plus two of the top four in three-point field goal percentage (Eli Harrison, 2nd at .526; and Melville, 4th at .467).
• 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 111-166 with the Big Green.
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Series vs. Longwood
• This is the third meeting between the Lancers and Dartmouth, and the Big Green have won the first two — 83-67 here in Hanover two years ago, and 61-53 last season in Farmville, Va.
• More than any other player, junior John Golden has enjoyed playing against Longwood with his 16.5 ppg while draining a combined 9-of-11 three-pointers in the two games.
• Golden’s classmate, , has had his share of success as well against the Lancers, averaging 14.5 points in the two contests.
• Cormier is 2-0 in his career against Longwood.
Scouting the Lancers
• Longwood enters this game with a 5-7 record, including a victory at TCU in the second game of the year, 82-79. But the other four victories have come against competition outside of Division I.
• The Lancers have already played one Ivy League school, having lost at Brown last month, 81-69.
• Last time out, the Lancers took down Virginia Intermont on Tuesday, 80-61, as Tristan Carey dropped 20 points and Lucas Woodhouse handed out 10 assists.
• Longwood just about matches the Big Green in shooting prowess at 47.4 percent, with forwards Jeylani Dublin and Karl Ziegler hitting 60.8 and 55.1 percent, respectively.
• Carey is the team’s leading scorer, however, at 19.7 points per game. He also tops the squad at 7.0 rebounds a night, 35 three-pointers at a 40.7 percent clip and 19 steals.
• Despite converting less than 60 percent of their foul shots on Tuesday, the Lancers have been quite accurate on freebies at nearly 74 percent.
• Jayson Gee is in his first season at the helm of Longwood after 24 seasons as a collegiate coach, the last seven as the associate head coach at Cleveland State. He also led his alma mater, Charleston (W.Va.) to a 160-55 record and four NCAA Division II Tournaments from 1996-2003.
Granite State Rivalry
With Dartmouth’s 62-48 victory at New Hampshire on Dec. 18, the Big Green ended a personal five-game slide against the Wildcats to even the all-time series at 32 apiece. The two teams first met in 1909, and played at least once every year for the past 44 seasons, but Dartmouth had never trailed in the series until last year.
Tightening the Rotation
In each of the first eight games this season, head coach had played either 11 or 12 men in the game. That changed at New Hampshire as only eight Big Green players saw action in the 62-48 victory with the five starters each playing at least 31 minutes. It was just the second time since Cormier returned to the bench in 2010-11 that he had called upon only eight of his players, the other a 64-52 victory at Alaska Anchorage on Nov. 25, 2011.
Double Your Pleasure
Junior registered his third double-double of the season and 10th of his career when he scored 12 points and snared 13 rebounds in the win at UNH. No other Dartmouth player has had a double-double yet this season, nor even hauled in 10 rebounds. Earlier in the year, he had a career-high 17 rebounds against UMass Lowell, the most since for the Big Green since Ian McGinnis ’01 had 18 against Princeton on Feb. 6, 1999.
Melville Dialing Up Long Distance
Senior is one person who will be sorry to see 2013 end. Over the calendar year, he has been especially accurate from the outside, knocking down triples at a rate of 46.4 percent (32-of-69). On all field goals over those 12 months, he has hit exactly half at 85-for-170 as well. In his most recent outing, Melville popped a trio of three-pointers en route to a game-high 17 points in leading Dartmouth to a 62-48 victory at UNH.
Defense Stepping Up Its Game
In each of the last two games, Dartmouth has held its opponent to a combined 31.4 field goal percentage and less than 50 points in each, the latter a feat it hasn’t accomplished in consecutive games since the 1981-82 squad did it in four straight contests. The last time the Big Green had two games in a season in which their opponent had less than 50 was 2009-10.
Must Be a Tractor Boehm
Sophomore has been spot on when shooting this season, clipping the nets at a 61.8 percent rate, which ranks 15th in the nation entering the weekend. In seven of the nine games, he has knocked down at least half of his shots, including a perfect 6-of-6 in the season opener and 7-of-11 field goals at Illnois in scoring a season-high 17 points. Last time out, he dropped 6-of-10 through the hoop at New Hampshire for 14 points.
Chairman of the Boards
Junior needs just one more rebound to become the 19th Big Green player to collect 500 in a career. At his current pace, he will finish the season among the program’s top four. Four times he has had at least 10 in a game this year, including a career-high 17 against UMass Lowell, the most since Ian McGinnis ’01 had 18 against Princeton on Feb. 6, 1999. Maldunas is now averaging 10.1 caroms to lead the Ivy League and rank among the top 30 nationally.
To Assist is Golden
Although junior wing scored just two points in the win at New Hampshire, he did a number of other things to contribute to the win, most notably handing out a career-high six assists. His assist-to-turnover ratio is now better than two on the season with 21 helpers and only 9 miscues.