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John Golden led the Big Green with 17 points against Brown.

Big Green Unable to Climb Out of Early Hole Against Brown

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 02/12/2014
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HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth dug itself an early hole out of which it could not climb as visiting Brown defeated the Big Green men’s basketball team in Leede Arena on Saturday night, 75-62. The Bears, behind 20-point games from Sean McGonagill and Steven Spieth, improved to 12-8 on the season and 4-2 in the Ivy League. Junior John Golden led Dartmouth (9-11, 2-4 Ivy) with 17.

McGonagill did a majority of his damage with four three-pointers while shooting 6-of-11 overall and 4-of-4 at the line for his 20 points. Spieth, on the other hand, scored 11 of his 20 at the foul line, going 11-of-13 there and 4-of-8 from the floor with a triple.

For the Big Green, Golden was 6-of-12 with a three-pointer in his only attempt, plus hit 4-of-6 free throws to account for his 17 points on the night. Joining him in double figures were sohpomore Alex Mitola with 13 and senior Tyler Melville with 12.

Nearly the entire difference in the game came at the free throw line where the Bears hit 27 in 39 attempts (.692) compared to just 16-of-23 (.696) for Dartmouth. Brown ended the game with a slight edge on the boards, 46-42, with Rafael Maia leading all players with 10 rebounds to record a double-double with his 13 points. Sophomore Connor Boehm led the Big Green with nine rebounds.

Brown scored the first seven points of the game before Golden brought the drought to an end with a three-point play. That was merely a speed bump for the Bears as they rattled off the next 10 points — six by Spieth — to open up a 17-3 advantage after barely five and a half minutes.

Melville brought the early onslaught to an end with a three-pointer, then slashed to the hoop for two. Yet McGonagill answered with his first trifecta of the night, then scored the next five Brown points as well. When Leland King sank a jumper with 11:36 left in the opening stanza, the Bears enjoyed their largest lead of the night at 27-12.

Dartmouth still trailed by 14 three minutes later, but refused to go quietly as Mitola started a 9-0 run with his lone three-pointer of the night. Golden followed with a short jumper in the paint, and the Big Green defense forced the first Brown turnover of the game, which led to a Mitola 16-footer. When Melville drove for a layup, suddenly the Dartmouth deficit was down to five at 31-26.

Eventually the Green came as close as four points when sophomore Matt Rennie sank a pair of free throws, but Brown managed to stave off the rally and headed into the locker room with a 42-33 lead.

Twice in the first seven minutes of the second half, Melville brought the Big Green back to within five points, first with a layup, then with one of his two treys, the latter making it a 50-45 game. That would be as close as Dartmouth would get, however, as the Bears scored the next eight points, capped by another McGonagill three-pointer.

Over the final 12 minutes of the game, the Brown lead was never less than nine points nor greater than 13.

Dartmouth takes to the road next weekend to play at Cornell (1-19, 0-6 Ivy) on Friday and Columbia (14-9, 3-3 Ivy) on Saturday. Both tip off at 7 p.m. Brown will return to Providence to host Princeton (13-6, 1-4 Ivy) and Penn (6-13, 3-2 Ivy) on those nights, respectively.

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