Men's Basketball Closes the Year at Boston College
The Game: Dartmouth (2-8) at Boston College (7-5)
Location: Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606), Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Tipoff: Monday, December 31 at 2 p.m.
Series Record vs. BC: Eagles lead 19-8
Live Audio - WUVR 1490 AM (Dave Collins, play-by-play)
Live Video - ESPN3 (Ryan Ruocco, play-by-play; Malcolm Huckaby, analyst)
Complete Game Notes
End of Eight-Game Road Trip
• This is the final contest of Dartmouth’s eight-game stretch on the road. Since splitting the first two games, the Big Green have dropped the last five.
• Dartmouth was neck-and-neck at Bryant in its last game nine days ago, with the score knotted early in the second half. The Bulldogs then hit just about everything they threw up, converting 17-of-23 field goals and 19-of-20 at the line to run away from the Green, 79-66.
• Freshman forward Connor Boehm continued his recent stretch of strong play with a season-high 24 points with nine rebounds in 35 minutes at Bryant. He is the only Big Green player averaging in double figures over the last five contests (10.2 ppg) while hauling in nine boards per game, leading the team on the glass in four of them.
• The team’s leading scorer is freshman point guard Alex Mitola at 11.3 points. Although he struggled with his shot early in the season, over the last four games he has drained 10-of-22 (.455) three-pointers, compared to 13-of-46 (.283) over the first six contests.
• On the boards, the Big Green have three players averaging at least five rebounds a game in sophomores Gabas Maldunas (6.3) and Jvonte Brooks (6.0), and Boehm (5.4).
• The last Dartmouth victory, a 61-53 triumph at Longwood on Dec. 1, was the first Big Green road win against a Division I team since beating Drake in Iowa on Dec. 21, 2010.
Series vs. Boston College
• This is the 28th meeting between the two schools, but just the seventh in the past 33 years. Boston College holds a 19-8 advantage in the series and has won the last three games.
• The Big Green are just 1-12 on the Eagles’ home court with the lone victory coming on Jan. 3, 1963. Dartmouth has lost 11 straight at BC.
• The last time Dartmouth defeated Boston College was 24 years ago in Leede Arena’s second year in an 80-74 triumph shortly after Thanksgiving.
Scouting the Eagles
• Boston College has played well of late, winning its last four contests, including a 70-60 triumph over Holy Cross on Saturday.
• This is the sixth of seven straight home games for the Eagles. Their only loss in this homestand came versus Harvard on Dec. 4 in a 79-63 loss.
• Just seven players took the floor in the win over the Crusaders with each of the five starters playing at least 33 minutes.
• Forward Ryan Anderson is the leading scorer for BC, averaging nearly a double-double as well at 16.3 ppg and 9.7 rpg. He also shoots at a .519 clip from the floor.
• A pair of guards also score in double figures — Olivier Hanlan (12.9 ppg) and Joe Rahon (10.3).
• The top marksman, however, is guard Patrick Heckmann. Not only is he close to hitting 50 percent of his field goals, he is also drilling 41.3 percent (19-of-46) of his three-pointers and 92 percent (23-of-25) of his fouls shots.
• The Eagles have carried a rebounding edge this year with nearly two more caroms per game. After Anderson, the next leading rebounder for BC is Dennis Clifford (5.1).
• Steve Donahue (Ursinus ’84) heads up the coaching staff for a third season after guiding Cornell to a Sweet 16 appearance back in 2010.
Playing the Boehm Game
It took five games for freshman to adjust to the college game, and in the five games since has been a force. After averaging 1.4 points in those first five contests, he has scored 10.2 per game since and led the team in rebounding in four of the past five games. Most recently, he posted a season-high 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting while hauling in nine rebounds.
Searching for Offense
Dartmouth has been offensively challenged in each of the past three seasons, finishing among the bottom 10 in the country in scoring each year. The scoring trend has continued into this season as the Big Green are ahead of just nine teams in points per game. But at Bryant, perhaps the Big Green turned a corner as they put 43 points on the board in the second half, their most in any half in 364 days (43 in second half at Albany, Dec. 23, 2011).
Looking for 100 at Dartmouth
Head coach Paul Cormier is sitting on 99 victories during his two stints at Dartmouth, aiming to become just the fifth Big Green coach to hit triple digits. In the third year of his second stint in Hanover, Cormier is 99-151 in this his 10th season with the Big Green and 185-262 in 17 seasons as a head coach.
The last Dartmouth player to score in double figures for the season was Alex Barnett ’09 in 2009 when he was named the Ivy League Player of the Year. The Big Green hope to end that drought this season with three players showing promise. leads the team at 11.3 ppg, with sophomore at 11 even. Sophomore John Golden is knocking on the door as well at 9.8.
Dartmouth is the only team in the Ivy League with three players among the conference’s top 10 in rebounding. Sophomore is seventh at 6.3 boards, classmate is eighth at 6.0 and freshman is 10th at 5.4.