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Freshman Connor Boehm scored 15 points in the win at Penn.

Big Green Pull Out 69-64 Victory at Penn

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 03/02/2013
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Freshmen Alex Mitola and Connor Boehm scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, to lead Dartmouth to a 69-64 win at the Palestra against Penn on Friday night, just the sixth win for the Big Green at the venue since the Ivy League started play in the 1955-56 season. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for Dartmouth (7-18, 3-8 Ivy) and ended a personal seven-game slide against the Quakers (7-20, 4-6 Ivy).

Mitola connected on 5-of-11 field goals, including a pair of three-pointers, plus converted all five of his free throws to account for his 17 points, while Boehm was 6-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-4 at the line for his 15. Boehm also tied 5-9 reserve guard Malik Gill for team-high honors with six rebounds.

After Penn scored the first two points of the game, Dartmouth quickly took the lead when freshman Brandon McDonnell finished off a three-point play, starting a 10-0 run, then did not fall behind again until Miles Cartwright knocked down a 15-footer with 4:48 to play in the game. Sophomore Gabas Maldunas immediately knotted the score at 57 with a pair of free throws, only to have the Quakers’ Henry Brooks lay one in from a feed from Cartwright. Maldunas would not be denied as he scored on a putback with a lefty layup, tying the game at 59 with 2:37 to play.

Again the Quakers took a two-point lead courtesy of another Cartwright bucket. Again Maldunas — a 53 percent free throw shooter entering the game — provided two clutch foul shots to draw the Big Green even at 61-61. Dartmouth finally got the defensive stop it needed when Maldunas intercepted a pass into the post, which led to two free throws by Mitola to put the Big Green back on top with 1:02 to go.

Maldunas swiped another pass, allowing Dartmouth to run some time off the clock. With just a few seconds left on the shot clock, the 5-11 Mitola drove into the lane and got his layup to fall while getting fouled. He sank the foul shot to extend the Big Green lead to five at 66-61 with 21.5 seconds left.

After a Quaker timeout, Penn misfired on a three-pointer, which was rebounded by sophomore John Golden. After the ensuing foul to stop the clock, Golden canned his two freebies for an insurmountable seven-point lead with 14 seconds on the clock. Tony Hicks, who scored a game-high 23 points for Penn, did get a three-pointer to fall with 5.6 seconds to go, but it did not matter as junior Tyler Melville finished the scoring in the contest by hitting one of his two free throws.

The charity stripe was certainly kind to the Big Green on this night as they dropped 23-of-26 through the hoop (.885). Penn was just as effective, however, hitting 16-of-18 (.889), plus drilled 8-of-17 (.471) from downtown as Dau Jok came off the bench to drain all four of his long-range attempts while scoring 14 points.

Dartmouth led by as many as 12 on a number of occasions during the opening half as Mitola scored 10 points while the defense forced 11 turnovers with eight steals that led to 18 points. The Quakers closed to within five at 26-21 with 4:45 remaining in the half, only to have the Big Green rattle off seven straight points on buckets by Golden and Boehm sandwiching a Mitola triple. But in the final minute, Penn got those seven points back, the last four coming in the final five seconds thanks to a steal by Jamal Lewis after Cartwright hit two foul shots. Camryn Crocker scored with a layup just before the buzzer sounded.

Boehm was the key offensive figure in the second half, scoring 11 of Dartmouth’s 15 points over a 14-minute stretch, leading to the heroics down the stretch by Maldunas and Mitola in the final five minutes.

The Big Green shot 42.0 percent (21-of-50) in the contest, and just 4-of-15 on three-pointers. Penn was slightly more accurate overall at 44.4 percent (20-of-45) and had a slim edge on the boards, 28-27. The 18 Quaker turnovers proved to be their downfall as Dartmouth scored 27 points off those miscues.

Dartmouth plays again on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Princeton (15-9, 8-2 Ivy), which defeated Harvard this evening, 58-53, to draw even in the loss column with the Crimson (17-8, 9-2 Ivy) in the race for the conference crown. Penn hosts Harvard tomorrow at 7 p.m.
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