First Road Game of the Year for the Men Takes Place at Maine
The Game: Dartmouth (2-1) at Maine (1-4)
Location: Cross Insurance Center (8,000), Bangor, Maine
Tipoff: Sunday, December 1 at 2 p.m.
Series Record vs. Maine: Black Bears lead 10-9
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Complete Game Notes
Dartmouth-UMass Lowell Highlights
Big Green Take to the Road
• After three straight home games to start the 2013-14 season, Dartmouth hits the road for four straight, beginning with a trip to the University of Maine. A clean sweep of the four games would be the most road wins in a season for the Green since the 2001-02 campaign.
• This is the first game for the Big Green since they defeated UMass Lowell in Hanover just over two weeks ago, 77-59.
• Junior Gabas Maldunas recorded his second straight double-double in the victory, dropping 16 points while grabbing 17 rebounds, the most for Dartmouth in 15 years and nearly matching the total for the entire River Hawks squad (19).
• Four others scored in double figures, including sophomore Connor Boehm with 14 points in a reserve role for the first time this year.
• The Big Green more than doubled up the visitors on the boards with 39 rebounds to just 19.
• Senior captain and leading scorer Tyler Melville chipped in 13 points, making him the only player to score at least 10 in every game this season.
• Maldunas currently leads the Ivy League in rebounding at 11.7 per game. Boehm and Maldunas are also the only two players in the league shooting better than 60 percent from the floor.
Series vs. Maine
• This is the 20th meeting on the hardwood for these two schools with the Black Bears holding a slight 10-9 advantage.
• The Big Green took on Maine for the first time since 2005 last year in the season opener, handily winning the game, 67-54.
• The other games in the series this millennium came in three straight years, 2003-05. Each team won on the other’s home court before Maine won an encounter in Portland, 64-55.
• Paul Cormier is 4-5 in his career against the Black Bears, going 4-3 against them at Dartmouth and faltering to them twice while at Fairfield.
Scouting the Black Bears
• Maine has lost its last three games, surrendering at least 100 points in two of them. Its lone victory came against NAIA Fisher College three weeks ago, 111-64.
• The lone game decided by less than 20 points was an 88-82 loss to NJIT at the Cross Insurance Center.
• In the Black Bears’ most recent contest, Quinnipiac came away with a 102-61 triumph, outrebounding Maine, 60-29.
• This is one of the youngest teams in the country with no seniors and just three juniors.
• Maine averages a healthy 82.4 points per game, with four players scoring in double figures led by guard Dimitry Colonel at 19.6 ppg.
• Guard Xavier Pollard returned to the lineup against Quinnipiac after missing the previous two and scored 18 points.
• About one of every three shots by the Black Bears come from behind the arc. Zarko Valjarevic leads the team with 13 three-pointers, and Shaun Lawton has been efficient, draining 6-of-12 triples.
• Maine has struggled on the glass with its opponents grabbing over 10 more rebounds a night. Forward Ethan Mackey has a team-high 5.6 rpg.
• Ted Woodward is the Maine head coach, now in his 10th year in Orono with a 111-155 record.
Double Your Pleasure
Junior registered his second straight double-double with his 16 points and career-high 17 rebounds against UMass Lowell on Nov. 16, three days after producing 14 points and 11 boards against Bryant. The 17 rebounds were the most since Ian McGinnis accomplished the feat in the 1998-99 season. Maldunas now has nine double-doubles in his career, four of which have come in his last 10 games.
Dartmouth had its long-range scopes calibrated properly against UMass Lowell, draining 10-of-19 from downtown. It was the first time the Big Green hit at least half of their three-point attempts since beating Army on Jan. 8 last season. Coincidentally, Dartmouth hit 10-of-19 in that game, too.
Speaking of Accuracy …
As a team, the Big Green are shooting 51.1 percent from the floor. Dartmouth has not shot better than 50 percent for a full season in 30 years. And the last time it managed to hit at least 43 percent of its field goals came in 1996-97.
Lagging Behind a Bit
By the time the Green take the floor at Maine, the rest of the Ivy League will have played at least twice as many games. Dartmouth had two weeks off as finals took place right before Thanksgiving.