Big Green Bestow Team Awards; Mitola Named MVP
Mitola, a 5-11, 165-pound guard from Florham Park, N.J., led Dartmouth in scoring at 11.8 points per game, and was even better against the Ivy League at 12.8 points a night. He scored in double figures in 15 of the Big Green’s 28 games, including a career-best 33 points against Cornell on March 1, the most by a Dartmouth player in 13 years. Mitola also led the squad with 66 three-pointers made — knocking them down at a rate of 41.8 percent — 75 assists and a free throw percentage of .868, which was also the second best figure in the league. After the final weekend of the season, he was selected as the Ivy League co-Player of the Week, and in two years at Dartmouth is already eighth all-time with 131 three-pointers, making him on pace to break the school record held by Jim Barton ’89 (242).
The Alvin F. “Doggie” Julian Award for spirit and enthusiasm was given to sophomore Connor Boehm, a 6-7, 235-pound center from Winnetka, Ill. Always upbeat with a passion for the court, Boehm led the Big Green in field goal percentage (.529) and rebounds (5.6 per game) while averaging 10.9 points. He scored in double figures 17 times — more often than any other Dartmouth player — with a season best of 22 points in the penultimate game at Brown. Boehm started 26 of the 28 contests, and when he came off the bench, his production never waned, scoring 14 points against UMass Lowell and 15 at Columbia.
Junior John Golden, a wing from Freehold, N.J., received the John DiIorio ’56 Award for hustle, drive and determination. Utilized as a defensive stopper, Golden was generally assigned to cover an opponent’s top scorer. But he also provided offensive production in the form of 8.7 points a game while ranking second on the team with 51 assists. Golden also grabbed 4.1 rebounds a night and electrified the crowd with 15 of the Big Green’s 23 dunks throughout the season. On 12 occasions he scored at least 10 points with a season-high 19 in a 78-69 overtime victory over Princeton on Feb. 1
The Rudy LaRusso ’59 Award went to sophomore Matt Rennie as the most improved player. A 6-8, 220-pound forward from North Brunswick, N.J., Rennie joined the team as a walk-on during his freshman campaign. With the season-ending injury to All-Ivy center Gabas Maldunas, Rennie stepped up and provided vaulable minutes on the floor. Rennie may have averaged just two points and 2.6 rebounds a game, but he did all of the little things that a team needs — set screens, work within the offense, play hard on defense — that kept him on the floor. He even started four games early in the Ivy schedule, playing a season-high 27 minutes in the overtime win over Princeton.
Dartmouth finished the season 12-16 overall, its best record in 15 years, and 5-9 in the Ivy League.