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Golden Gives Dartmouth Nine Ivy Rookie Weekly Awards

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Freshman John Golden     By Mark Washburn
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HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth freshman John Golden earned his second Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor for his performance against Penn and Princeton last week, giving the Big Green players a total of nine rookie awards this year, tied for the third most for a single team in one season since the award’s inception in 1984-85.

Golden, a 6-6 wing, averaged 17.0 points while shooting 62.5 percent from the floor (10-of-16) and three-point range (5-of-8) in the two games in Leede Arena over the weekend, leading Dartmouth in scoring in both contests. First he provided 13 points, thanks in large part to hitting all three of his three-point attempts, in a hard-fought 57-54 loss to Penn. The next night, the native of Freehold, N.J., poured in a season-high 21 points while shooting 6-of-10 from the floor with a pair of triples and 7-of-9 at the charity stripe in a loss to Princeton. Golden tried to single-handedly keep the Big Green in the game, tallying 14 of the team’s first 18 points of the second stanza.

For the season, Golden averages 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and is second on the Big Green in three-pointers (34), three-point percentage (.386) and minutes played per game (26.8). In the month of February, he connected on 24-of-45 (.533) of his field goals and 10-of-19 (.526) behind the arc while averaging 9.5 points per game.

This is the third straight week a Dartmouth player received the Rookie of the Week award, each one going to a different player. Two weeks ago Jvonte Brooks (Santee, Calif.) won his third honor of the season, and last week Gabas Maldunas (Panevezys, Lithuania) notched his fourth.

Dartmouth (5-23, 1-11 Ivy) wraps up the 2011-12 season this weekend with games at Cornell (11-15, 6-6 Ivy) on Friday and Columbia (14-14, 3-9 Ivy) on Saturday, both of which tip off at 7 p.m.