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In-State Rivalry Game On Tap for Wednesday Night

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 12/17/2013
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The Game: Dartmouth (4-4) at New Hampshire (2-7)
Location: Lundholm Gymnasium (3,000), Durham N.H.
Tipoff: Wednesday, December 18 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. New Hampshire: Wildcats lead 32-31
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Live Audio - Big Green Insider on the Ivy League Digital Network — Dave Collins, play-by-play
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Complete Game Notes


Rivalry Game
•    This is the 44th consecutive year in which the only Division I team in the state of New Hampshire — Dartmouth and UNH — meet on the hardwood.
•    The Big Green are coming off their biggest victory in over 16 years, besting Jacksonville State by an even 30 points on Saturday.
•    Dartmouth shot over 54 percent (26-of-48) from the floor in the triumph, the third time this season in which it hit at least half of its shots.
•    But the Big Green were more impressive on the boards where they doubled up the Gamecocks, 46-23. Junior Gabas Maldunas recorded a team-high 11 rebounds, and he ranks 30th nationally with nearly 10 caroms a game.
•    Sophomore Alex Mitola led the offensive charge with 16 points, thanks to canning four three-pointers. He is shooting exactly 40 percent (18-of-45) from behind the arc this season.
•    Three other players scored in double figures, including junior John Golden with a season-high 14 points, and sophomore Brandon McDonnell with 12 to set a career best.
•    Although sophomore Connor Boehm was held to just six points, he still ranks among the top 20 in the nation in field goal percentage (62.1).
•    Head coach Paul Cormier is in his 11th season overall at Dartmouth, and fourth year of his second stint in Hanover, with a record of 110-166 with the Big Green.

Series vs. New Hampshire
•    This is the 64th game between the two schools with UNH holding a slim 32-31 advantage.
• The Wildcats took their first-ever lead in the series last year with a 72-58 victory, their fifth straight against Dartmouth.
•    Alex Mitola led the Big Green with 17 points versus UNH last year, but the team shot a season-low 26.7 percent from the floor.
•    Cormier is 7-5 in his career against New Hampshire, but 0-3 since returning to Hanover.

Scouting the Wildcats
•    New Hampshire won its first two games, beating Suffolk and Duquesne, but enters this contest on a seven-game skid with losses at home to NJIT, Bryant, Holy Cross and Stony Brook.
•    In the first six of those losses, the Wildcats shot less than 40 percent from the floor, breaking the streak against Stony Brook at 42.6 percent.
•    Jordan Bronner and Frank Okeke led UNH against Stony Brook with 14 points apiece, while leading scorer and rebounder Chris Pelcher (13.7 ppg, 11.8 rpg) missed his third straight game.
•    If Pelcher is still unavailable, the Wildcats will look to forward Patrick Konan to pick up some of the slack. He averages 11.1 points and 5.2 rebounds a game and had a double-double against the Big Green last year.
•    No one UNH player is a top threat from deep, but four players do have 13 triples, including Konan and Bronner.
•    Defensively, the Wildcats are solid, holding opponents to just over 40 percent shooting while owning a plus-1.3 rebound margin.
•    Bill Herrion is in his ninth season at UNH, sporting a 94-151 record with the Wildcats. He also coached Drexel to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances in eight seasons and helmed East Carolina for six years.

Another Large Margin
On Dec. 14, Dartmouth played the rude host in sending Jacksonville State back to Alabama with a 30-point loss, beating the Gamecocks, 76-46. All four Big Green victories this season have been by at least 18 points, and three have been by a minimum of 25. No Dartmouth team had won more than two games in one season by at least 25 points since the 1957-58 squad won four before claiming the Ivy League title and advancing to the East Regional finals of the NCAA Tournament.

Need Four in Double Digits
In each of the Big Green victories this season, Dartmouth has had at least four players score at least 10 points in the game. Every time the Green have failed to have four accomplish the feat, they have fallen.

Chairman of the Boards
Gabas Maldunas recorded 11 rebounds in the victory over Jacksonville State on Dec. 14, his third game in double figures. The junior not only leads the Ivy League in rebounding at 9.8 per game, but also ranks among the top 30 in the country.

Four Golden Field Goals

In six of the first eight games, junior John Golden has provided exactly four field goals, no more, no less. His most recent four-bucket effort came against Jacksonville State as he tallied a season-high 14 points, thanks to draining a three-pointer and converting 5-of-6 free throws.

McDonnell Joins the Club
Sophomore Brandon McDonnell became the eighth Big Green player this season to score in double figures in a game when he produced a career-high 12 points in the 76-46 win over Jacksonville State. The forward hit 5-of-8 from the floor including a pair of dunks to punctuate the victory.

Defense Denies JSU
The Dartmouth defense was at its best against Jacksonville State on Dec. 14, holding the Gamecocks to a mere 30.4 percent shooting while doubling them up on the boards, 46-23. Not only did Gabas Maldunas pull down a game-high 11 rebounds, he also blocked a season-best five shots.

Putting Points on the Board
The Big Green are leading the Ivy League in scoring thus far, tossing up 75.4 points per game. It has been a long time since Dartmouth managed to score that much over an entire season, however — 25 years to be exact. The 1988-89 squad, also coached by Paul Cormier, tallied 75.8 points a game. No Big Green team since has even topped 70 points.

Must Be a Tractor Boehm
Sophomore Connor Boehm has been spot on when shooting this season, clipping the nets at a 62.1 percent rate, which ranked 19th in the nation entering the week. In six of the eight games, he has knocked down at least half of his shots, including a perfect 6-of-6 in the season opener and 7-of-10 in a victory at Maine to start December. At Illinois, the 6-7 forward sank 7-of-11 field goals in scoring a season-high 17 points.

Biggest D-I Win in 16 Years
The 30-point win over Jacksonville State was the biggest margin of victory for Dartmouth over a Division I team since pummeling Columbia in New York, 82-47, on Valentine’s Day in 1997. It was the second time this season the Big Green could say that, having bested Maine by 25 on Dec. 1, which was also the largest margin of victory in that span.

Big Green on the Mark
As a team, the Big Green are shooting 47.5 percent from the floor, the top mark in the Ivy League. Dartmouth has not shot at least that high in 25 years (1988-89 season). And the last time it managed to hit even 43 percent of its field goals came in 1996-97.

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