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Men Wrap Up Non-Conference Slate with Colby-Sawyer

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Release: 01/16/2013
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The Game: Dartmouth (3-11) vs. Colby-Sawyer (5-8)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Thursday, January 17 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Colby-Sawyer: First meeting
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Final Game Outside the Ivies
•    The four-game homestand and non-conference slate conclude for Dartmouth as it hosts Colby-Sawyer from nearby New London.
•    The Big Green began its Ivy League schedule on Saturday, faltering in the final minutes against Harvard in a 75-65 loss.
•    Dartmouth led by as many as five with 8:30 to play, but the visiting Crimson finished the game on a 17-2 run to escape Leede Arena with a win.
•    Four of the five starters scored in double figures with freshman Connor Boehm and Alex Mitola each providing 11 points, and sophomores Jvonte Brooks and Gabas Maldunas 10 apiece.
•    Harvard led by as many as 14 in the first half, only to have the Green dominate the final eight minutes by a 21-6 count.
•    Dartmouth has been shooting well the past two games with a combined field goal percentage of 45.3 (48-for-106) and a three-point percentage of 48.6 (17-for-35).
•    Mitola has been a big part of the recent shooting prowess, particularly from the outside, going 6-for-11 from behind the arc in the two games. And over the past eight games the rookie has canned 20-of-41 (.488) three-pointers.
•    On the boards, the Big Green have played big of late as well, outrebounding Army and Harvard by 20 caroms (72-52).

Series vs. Colby-Sawyer
•    This is the first meeting between the two schools on the hardwood despite being separated by just 30 miles.
•    Against teams outside of Division I, Dartmouth is 24-1 since 1986 with the lone loss coming to Division II Hawaii-Hilo.
•    In the lone non-D-I game of last season, the Big Green handed host Alaska-Anchorage a 64-52 defeat in the Great Alaska Shootout.

Scouting the Chargers
•    Since opening the season with four straight losses, Colby-Sawyer has righted the ship and is currently on a modest two-game win streak with victories over fellow NAC members Green Mountain College and Castleton State.
•    Despite the overall losing record, the Chargers have outscored their opponents this year by a slim 917-915 margin.
•    Forward Mike Dias, who led Colby-Sawyer with 16 points and seven rebounds in the win over Castleton State, paces the squad in both statistical categories with 17.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg while shooting 54.4 percent from the floor.
•    The Chargers don’t have a go-to shooter for the long ball, but they do have five players that are capable of knocking down three-pointers. Kyle Nelson leads the squad in accuracy (38.3 pct.) and quantity (18 threes).
•    Colby-Sawyer has fared well on the glass, averaging one more rebound per game than its opposition. But with the two tallest players listed at 6-6, the Chargers will have their work cut out for them corraling missed shots.
•    Bill Foti has had quite a career at Colby-Sawyer. He is in his 21st season in New London having posted a 372-177 record to date.

Cannot Hold Off Harvard
Looking for its first win in an Ivy opener in six years, Dartmouth rallied from a 14-point deficit in the first half againstd Harvard to take a 43-42 lead into the locker room. And with 8:30 to play, the Big Green enjoyed their largest lead at five points. But the Crimson hit 6-of-8 FG while Dartmouth missed all eight down the stretch as Harvard escaped with its seventh straight win in the series.

Self-Imposed Quotas?
Some of the Big Green players have seemingly taken on quotas of late. Gabas Maldunas has grabbed exactly six rebounds in each of the past four games. Alex Mitola has hit three three-pointers in six of the last eight contests. And John Golden set a career-high with four assists at Arizona State, then matched that total against Bryant and Army.

Ivy Leaders
The Big Green have several players among the Ivy League leaders at the halfway point of the season. Alex Mitola is fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.4), Gabas Maldunas and Jvonte Brooks are tied for sixth in rebounding (6.2 rpg) while Connor Boehm is sixth in field goal percentage (.506) and ninth in rebounding (5.5). Maldunas is also seventh among Ivy players in blocks per game (0.9).

Convincing End to 7-Game Slide
Before hosting Army on Jan. 8, Dartmouth had lost seven straight games dating back to a road victory at Longwood on Dec. 1. But the Big Green dominated the Black Knights to bring an end to the skid in convincing fashion, drilling 10-of-19 three-pointers and opening a lead as large as 25 before settling for a 75-58 win. It was the largest margin of victory in over two years and first game with at least 70 points since Jan. 14 of last year.

Playing the Boehm Game
It took five games for freshman Connor Boehm to adjust to the college game, and in the nine games since has been a force. After averaging 1.4 points in those first five contests, he has scored 10.7 per game since and led the team in rebounding in five of the past nine games. In the last two contests of 2012, he averaged 20.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 18-of-27 (.667) and hitting both of his three-point and free throw attempts.

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