Dartmouth Hosts Hartford to Conclude Four-Game Homestand
The Game: Dartmouth (7-5) vs. Hartford (5-10)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Hartford: Hawks lead 8-6
Live Audio, HD Video - Big Green Insider on the Ivy League Digital Network — Dave Collins, play-by-play
Complete Game Notes
Final Game Against America East
• Dartmouth is playing the last of five games against America East teams with the arrival of Hartford at Leede Arena on Tuesday night. The Big Green are 3-1 against the AE thus far.
• Last time out, Dartmouth had its four-game winning streak snapped by Vermont, 62-53, the sixth straight win for the Catamounts in the series and first by an AE team against the Green this season.
• Vermont held Dartmouth to season lows in points (53), field goal percentage (.351), three-point percentage (.167) and rebounds (27).
• Even with the poor performance, the Big Green are still 25th nationally in field goal percentage (.489) and 16th in rebound margin (+8.3).
• Sophomore Connor Boehm leads Dartmouth with 11.4 ppg, plus is ranked 19th nationally in field goal percentage (.592).
• Three players are shooting better than 40 percent from long range — freshman Eli Harrison (14-of-30, .467), senior Tyler Melville (17-of-38, .447) and sophomore Alex Mitola (28-of-62, .412).
• Junior center Gabas Maldunas is another of the three scoring in double figures (10.6 ppg), and he leads the Ivy League in rebounding at 8.8 per game. He recently surpassed 500 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 blocks in his career.
• Head coach Paul Cormier is taking his second crack at winning the 200th game of his career between his stint at Fairfield and two at Dartmouth.
Series vs. Hartford
• This is the 15th time these two schools have squared off on the hardwood with the Hawks owning an 8-6 advantage to date.
• Dartmouth won the last meeting, a 71-57 victory at Hartford on Nov. 19, 2010, giving head coach the first triumph of his second stint at the helm of the Big Green.
• Dartmouth won the first four games in the series before the Hawks won the next eight straight.
• The Green are 2-3 vs. Hartford in Leede Arena.
• Cormier is 8-1 vs. the Hawks, 5-1 at Dartmouth.
Scouting the Hawks
• Coming off a 17-win season, Hartford has won just five of its first 15 games.
• Last time out the Hawks were buried by a three-point barrage at Albany as the host Great Danes drilled 16-of-23 from long range to send Hartford home with an 81-56 defeat.
• Hartford features solid shooting percentages, ranking among the top two in the America East in field goals, three-pointers and free throws.
• More than half of the Hawk roster features players from Texas (5) and Australia (3).
• Forward Mark Nwakamma leads Hartford in scoring (16.7 ppg), field goal percentage (.556) and rebounding (5.9 rpg),
• The Hawks have a slew of players that will effectively launch the ball from deep, starting with guards Wes Cole (31-of-74, .419) and Evan Cooper (25-of-63, .397).
• Even with Nwakamma and son of NBA great Jack Sikma, Nate Sikma, Hartford has struggled on the glass, being outrebounded by nearly six per night.
• Now in his fourth year guiding the Hawks, John Gallagher enters this game with a career 42-66 mark. Last year he led Hartford to 17 wins and the school’s first postseason berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Four-Game Win Streak Snapped
Dartmouth’s first four-game win streak since 2004-05 came to an end when Vermont topped the Big Green in Leede Arena on Jan. 4, 62-53. After shooting 57.1 percent during the streak, Dartmouth was held to season lows with a 35.1 field goal percentage and 53 points, more than 20 below its season average.
Three-Ball Goose Egg
While the Big Green were struggling shooting the ball against Vermont, the Catamounts failed to connect on a three-pointer. The last Dartmouth opponent to go without a triple was Army more than four years ago on Dec. 12, 2009. The Green fell victim in that game as well, 59-46.
Free Throws Galore
Vermont may not have been able to hit a three-pointer, but it made up for it at the foul line, converting 34-of-41 to account for more than half of its points. No opponent has knocked down as many free throws in at least 11 years.
Dartmouth shot the lights out during the four-game winning streak, connecting on 57.1 percent of its field goals, including 42.6 percent (29-of-68) from three-point range. The accuracy reached its peak against Longwood on Dec. 21 at 65.2 percent (30-of-46). It had been just over 10 years since the Green were that efficient from the floor. On Dec. 4, 2003, Dartmouth converted more than two of every three shots (67.3 pct.) in a 95-60 triumph over Tufts.
The Big Green rebounded well during the win streak, too, having pulled down over 15 more boards per game. For the season, that rebound margin stands at plus-8.3, 16th best in the nation.
Must Be a Tractor Boehm
Sophomore has been spot on when shooting this season, clipping the nets at a 59.2 percent rate, which ranks 19th in the nation entering the week. In nine of the 12 games, he has knocked down at least half of his shots, including a perfect 6-of-6 in the season opener and 7-of-11 field goals at Illinois in scoring a season-high 17 points.