(5-16, 2-6 Ivy)
|vs.||CORNELL BIG RED
(6-17, 2-6 Ivy)
(10-11, 4-4 Ivy)
|LEEDE ARENA • HANOVER, N.H. • Feb. 10, 2017 • 7 p.m.|
|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.451||.464||.429|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.350||.353||.351|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.733||.690||.680|
Tied for Fifth
* Just three weeks remain in the season, and this weekend Dartmouth entertains the team it is chasing for fourth place (Columbia) as well as one of the four teams tied with it in fifth (Cornell).
* The Big Green split their two contests last week, suffering a nine-point loss at second-place Yale before knocking off Brown in Providence on a last-minute three-pointer by Mike Fleming.
* Fleming finished the game with a career-high 17 points while dishing out five assists.
Evan Boudreaux continued his strong play against the Ivy teams, tallying 21 points and snaring 13 rebounds in the win over the Bears, his 11th double-double of the season.
* Dartmouth shot a season-high 57.7 percent (30-of-52) for the game at Brown, just its second foray above 50 percent this year.
* Boudreaux at 9.3 rpg remains the Ivy League’s leading rebounder, despite a career-low three at Yale. No other player averages even seven a game.
* Over the last two weekends, the Dartmouth offense has come to life, shooting 50.5 percent overall and 43.4 percent behind the arc.
Series vs. Cornell
• Dartmouth will try to even up the all-time series against the Big Red, which holds a 107-106 lead.
Cornell, which knocked off the Big Green in Ithaca three weeks ago, 75-62, has won the first game of the series each of the last five years, only to have Dartmouth win the second game the last four times. Will the Green make it five?
• Evan Boudreaux continued to dominate the Big Red on the court in the loss, however, and he has averaged 23 points and 16 rebounds in his three career games against Cornell. He even had a career-best 18 rebounds in one game last year.
• No other Dartmouth player scored in double figures, though Guilien Smith had nine while Taylor Johnson and Brendan Barry each had eight off the bench.
• Dartmouth is 16-13 versus Cornell in Leede Arena, splitting the last six meetings.
Scouting the Big Red
• Since its victory over Dartmouth three weeks ago, Cornell has suffered four straight defeats in league play, plus is 2-10 on the road this year.
• The Big Red rank second in the league with a 45.0 field goal percentage, but is seventh behind the arc (.334) and at the foul line (.671).
• Guard Matt Morgan, last year’s Ivy League scoring champ, is at it again this year, leading the conference at 17.3 ppg as well as three-pointers per game (2.9).
• Forward Stone Gettings (12.9 ppg) and Robert Hatter (12.0) also score in double digits, with the former posting a team-high 72 assists and 18 blocks.
• Those three also are the top rebounders on the team with Gettings leading the way at 5.8 rpg.
Wil Bathurst hurt the Big Green in the first meeting with 16 points and three treys.
• The Big Red do a good job of denying opponents second-chance opportunities with the second-best defensive rebound percentage in the league.
• Head coach Brian Earl (Princeton ’99) is in his first season guiding the Big Red after nine seasons as an assistant at his alma mater
Series vs. Columbia
• Dartmouth is in search of its 100th victory against the Lions, though Columbia leads the all-time series, 112-99.
• Bad news: the Lions won the first meeting, 66-54, in New York on Jan. 27, their third straight win against the Green. Worse news: the team that won the first game of the series the last six years has gone on to sweep. Trying to avoid making it seven.
• The 54 points in the first game were the second fewest for Dartmouth this season (47 at Old Dominion).
• Evan Boudreaux was the lone Dartmouth player to reach double figures with 13 points, while Luke Petrasek had 18 for Columbia.
• Dartmouth has gone 17-12 against Columbia in Leede Arena, 50-44 in Hanover since 1923.
Scouting the Lions
• Columbia, currently in line for the final spot for the inaugural Ivy League Tournament, got swept on the road at Penn and Princeton last week, but only lost to the league-leading Tigers by two.
• The Lions are second in the league in three-point accuracy (.376), assists (16.0) and steals (6.9).
Luke Petrasek is the Columbia leader in scoring (15.5, fourth in Ivy) and rebounding (6.2, 7th).
• Guards Mike Smith (13.3) and Nate Hickman (12.2 ppg) also average in double figures, with the former leading the team with 3.5 assists a night.
• The Lions feature four legitimate three-point threats in the aforementioned trio and Quinton Adlesh, who each have between 29 and 34 triples. The foursome has made a combined 125 trifectas at a 40.6 percent clip.
• Helping Petrasek out on the boards is Lukas Meisner (6.0 rpg) and Jeff Coby (4.9), the latter of which also scored 12 points in the first meeting.
• Jim Engles (Dickinson ’90), an assistant at Columbia from 2003-08, is in his first year leading the Lions. He spent the last six years leading NJIT to a record of 100-88, including consecutive 20-win seasons each of the last two years.
Games on ILDN and ESPN3
Each of the remaining games on the schedule — home and away — will be streamed live in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network. Visit ILDN.tv for more information on how to subscribe. Saturday’s game against Columbia will also be aired on ESPN3 for those with cable or satellite packages.
Ivy Road Win
Prior to beating Brown last Saturday on the Bears’ home court, 77-74, Dartmouth had lost seven straight Ivy League games on the road dating back to last year. The last one had come at Cornell on Feb. 19 by a 78-66 final. The win was also just the second for the Big Green in Providence in the last 12 meetings there against Brown, the other coming in 2013-14.
Just 2 Back for Final Tourney Spot
The Ivy League Tournament is just three weeks away, and the race for the fourth and final spot has become very interesting. Dartmouth finds itself in a four-way tie for fifth in the Ivy League standings with six games remaining, two games behind Saturday’s opponent, Columbia. A Dartmouth sweep of the Big Red and the Lions would go a long way toward improving its chances at claiming that final berth. And if Columbia falters at Harvard on Friday night as well, it would leave the two teams in a tie for fourth with two weekends remaining.
As a team, Dartmouth shot a season-high 57.7 percent (30-of-52) from the floor in the win at Brown while knocking down a dozen three-pointers, matching another highwater mark this season. In the second half, the team shooting percentage was a sizzling 65.5 (19-of-29), its best in a half since hitting 75.0 percent against Longwood on Dec. 21, 2013. Since starting league play, the Big Green have improved their overall accuracy from 41.1 percent to 45.4 percent, and have gone from 32.7 percent on three-pointers to 36.6 percent. Oddly though, free throw shooting has been on the decline — from 73.7 percent to 68.8.
Senior Mike Fleming enjoyed the best game of his career this past Saturday, lighting up Brown for a personal-best 17 points, including a three-pointer with 55 seconds left to break a deadlock and send Dartmouth to a 77-74 victory. It was just his second foray into double digits in the scoring column, with the other coming the weekend prior with 11 points against Princeton. His offense has picked up the last two weeks, hitting 12-of-19 field goals (.632) and 5-of-10 from behind the arc to go with 11 assists and just two turnovers.
Boudreaux Boudreaux Golly
Evan Boudreaux’s 21 points and 13 rebounds in the win at Brown was his seventh double-double in the last 10 games and 11th of the season, most in the Ivy League. Only two other Big Green players in the last 50 years have produced 11 in one season — Crawford Palmer in 1992-93 and Jim Beattie in 1974-75. And only one Dartmouth player in that span has had more in a career than Boudreaux’s 21 — Jim Masker ’72 had 22. Prior to 1968-69, however, individual game-by-game rebounds are not readily available, though I was able to find that all-time great Rudy LaRusso ’59 had 22 — in his senior year alone.
Junior Miles Wright got off to a sluggish start shooting the basketball this season, particularly from the outside as evidenced by his 10-for-41 (.244) performance behind the arc over the first nine games. But since mid-December, he has found the range, knocking down 26-of-61 three-pointers (.426), including 12-of-21 (.571) over the last four games.
In the 77-74 win at Brown, sophomore Guilien Smith got into a bit of foul trouble in the opening half, leading him to go scoreless in the stanza. But the switch flipped on in the second half as he scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting while draining both three-point attempts.
A Clean Dozen
For the second time in three games, Dartmouth drilled 12 three-pointers in the win at Brown, matching its season high set against Penn the previous week, its most in nearly three years. The last such instance came in an 87-78 win over Cornell on March 1, 2014. In the two seasons in between, the Big Green had hit 10 triples just once. This year they have hit double digits from distance four times, twice going for 11. But in the 70 games that Dartmouth has popped at least 10 since the 1997-98 season, the Green have a .500 record (35-35).
After hitting on just 1-of-21 three-point attempts in the first 18 games, freshman Ian Sistare seems to have found his range from downtown. In the last three contests he has knocked down 3-of-5, including a pair in the win over Penn and his only attempt against Brown, both Big Green victories.