HANOVER, N.H. — Sophomore Brendan Barry had a career-high 25 points on the strength of five 3-pointers as Dartmouth defeated visiting Bryant on Friday afternoon at Leede Arena, 75-58. The Big Green (4-6) shot 50 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Bulldogs (1-12), 45-29, in handing Bryant its eighth-straight loss and giving head coach David McLaughlin his 200th career victory as a collegiate head coach.
Barry, who entered the game second in the Ivy League in 3-point percentage (among players that qualify for the NCAA rankings), hit 5-of-9 from long range and 8-of-13 overall in topping 20 points for the first time in his career. Senior Taylor Johnson was an efficient 6-of-7 from the floor as he added 14 points, and freshman Chris Knight chipped in 10 to hit double figures for the eighth time in the 10 games of his collegiate career. As a team, the Big Green drilled 10-of-24 (.417) 3-pointers, hitting double digits behind the arc for the second straight game.
“Brendan made some great reads on some screens, and he’s good enough to get his shot off, so when he got in the zone we called his number the next few times down the floor,” head coach David McLaughlin said after the game. “Then when defenders start closing tight on him, he is getting better at reading that and making the extra pass as his assists totals [team-high five today] show over the past couple of games.”
A pair of Big Green players posted career highs on the boards as well with senior Miles Wright hauling in 13 and sophomore Will Emery a dozen more. The Dartmouth defense held Bryant to just 32.8 percent shooting (21-of-64) and 26.5 percent (9-of-34) from behind the arc.
Thanks to a 13-point run, the Big Green jumped out to an early 15-3 lead, capped by three straight 3-pointers by Barry, freshman Aaryn Rai and Wright. But an 11-0 Bryant burst, fueled by Tanner Johnson making three consecutive triples, quickly brought the Bulldogs back within one at 15-14.
With the lead still only two, 22-20, with 7:26 until the intermission, Dartmouth ripped off 12 straight points, starting with trifectas from Taylor Johnson and Barry. After Bosko Kostur knocked down a trey in the final minute of the half, Knight answered at the buzzer with a baseline jumper to give the Green a 36-24 advantage at the break.
“We did a very good job protecting the rim in the first half,” McLaughlin noted, “and although they made four straight threes early, we withstood that run and made one of our own. We knew they would make a run in the second half, and maybe two, and our guys did a good job of sustaining our own run in response.”
Dartmouth kept the Bulldogs at arm’s length for the first eight minutes of the second stanza, boosting its lead to as many as 16 in that stretch when sophomore Ian Sistare drove through the defense for a layup to make it a 53-37 game.
But that Bryant run came as McLaughlin predicted, scoring 13 of the next 15 points with a little help from four of the 18 Big Green turnovers on the afternoon. Brandon Carroll, who led the Bulldogs with 16 points, turned one of his four steals into a show-stopping windmill dunk to cap the outburst that cut the deficit to five at 55-50 with 9:20 to play, leading to a Dartmouth timeout.
A minute later Tanner Johnson popped his fifth triple of the game to close the gap to four. But after the two sides traded buckets and Sistare converted a pair of foul shots, Barry ignited the crowd of 647 brave souls who shook off the snowstorm, draining back-to-back 3-pointers to quickly double the lead at 67-55 with five minutes to go. Over the final seven minutes, Dartmouth outscored Bryant, 16-3, to seal the victory.
Joining Carroll in double figures for the Bulldogs were Johnson with 15 on his five treys and Ikenna Ndugba with an even 10 to go with seven rebounds, matching Gus Riley off the bench for the team lead.
Dartmouth has a week off around the Christmas holiday before wrapping up the 2017 calendar with a showdown at in-state rival New Hampshire (3-9) on Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. The Wildcats first have a game at Fairfield this evening at 7 p.m. Bryant beings Northeast Conference play next Friday by hosting Robert Morris at 3 p.m.
Notes: Dartmouth had not had 10 or more 3-pointers in consecutive games in six years … the 25 triples over their last two contests are the most for the Big Green since collecting 26 against Albany and Hartford in January of 2002 … the school record is 27 in back-to-back games against the Great Danes the year prior … the 17-point win was the largest for Dartmouth against a Division I opponent for McLaughlin, now in his second season at the helm … 189 of his 200 victories came at Division II Stonehill.