ELON, N.C. — The Dartmouth men's basketball team found the rims to be a bit tight at Elon's Alumni Gym on Tuesday night in a 71-49 loss to the Phoenix. The Big Green shot just 27.9 percent (19-of-68) from the floor and had only one three-pointer in 19 attempts as Elon improved to 6-3 on the season.
Freshman Connor Boehm was a bright spot for Dartmouth (2-4), recording his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds while knocking down 6-of-9 field goal attempts. Classmate Malik Gill pitched in 11 points and sophomore Gabas Maldunas 10.
Elon wasn't much better from the floor at 35.6 percent (21-of-59) and 20 percent (5-of-25) from long range. But the biggest difference came at the foul line where the Phoenix converted 75 percent (24-of-32) compared to a season-low 45.5 percent (10-of-22) for the Big Green.
Jack Isenbarger and Lucas Troutman both scored 15 points to lead the way for Elon while Austin Hamilton had 11 and Ryley Beaumont a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.
Elon took control from the outset of the game, scoring the first seven points of the night with Beaumont capping the spurt with a three-pointer. Dartmouth quickly found itself in foul trouble as well as freshman point guard Alex Mitola was whistled for two in the first four minutes. Boehm finally put the Big Green on the board with consecutive buckets, but then sophomore John Golden picked up two quick fouls as well, one coming on a technical. With just six minutes gone off the clock, the Phoenix were already in the bonus with a 9-4 lead.
Following two Elon free throws, Dartmouth strung together five straight points to close the gap down to two at 11-9. But after Maldunas finished the run with a basket, the Big Green went nearly seven minutes between field goals as the Phoenix built their lead to as many as 14 during the span. Freshman Kevin Crescenzi knocked down a baseline jumper just before the horn sounded to send Dartmouth into the locker room trailing by a 34-21 count.
Unlike Saturday when Dartmouth put up a strong second half to beat Longwood on the road, the Big Green simply could not get anything going on offense. Elon scored the first 10 points before Gill hit a floater in the lane. Boehm contributed back-to-back buckets, as did Maldunas to keep the difference at 17 points with 10:35 to play. The Big Green would not get any closer, but the gap never widened beyond 23 either.
Dartmouth had the edge on the glass with 51 rebounds, 21 coming at the offensive end. The Phoenix had 49 boards themselves, though, and had more second-chance points (13-10) despite having just 12 offensive rebounds.
Next up for the Big Green is the fourth of eight straight games on the road when it plays at Holy Cross on Saturday at 4 p.m. Elon has 11 days off for exams before traveling to Massachusetts for a noon showdown on Dec. 15.