The Game: Dartmouth (2-10) vs. Army (7-7)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Army: Black Knights lead 19-17
Live Audio, Video - Big Green Insider (Dave Collins, play-by-play)
Complete Game Notes
Going to Battle Against Army
• After playing on the road for the entire month of December, Dartmouth is playing its second of four straight at home with Army coming to town.
• The Big Green have lost seven straight games with the last victory a 61-53 triumph at Longwood on Dec. 1.
• After six weeks and eight games on the road, Colgate spoiled Dartmouth’s return to Leede Arena on Saturday by burying 10-of-13 three-pointers to send the Green to a 78-62 defeat.
• Sophomore co-captain Jvonte Brooks matched his career high with 18 points against the Raiders, plus led Dartmouth with eight rebounds.
• The Big Green’s leading scorer and rebounder, sophomore Gabas Maldunas, came off the bench for the second straight game, scoring six points and grabbing six caroms while dishing out a team-high three assists as well.
• Two players that have seen inconsistent minutes on the court scored in double figures. Junior Tyler Melville is heating up for Ivy League play as he usually does and scored 11 points in 28 minutes. Freshman Malik Gill did not play in the first half, but tallied 10 points in 18 minutes of the second stanza.
• Dartmouth opponents have been shooting lights out over the last two-and-a-half games — 54.5 percent overall and 54.8 percent behind the arc.
Series vs. Army
• With victories in each of the last two meetings — including last year’s 67-64 nailbiter — the Black Knights have taken a 19-17 lead in the all-time series against Dartmouth.
• Since winning 11 of the first 13 matchups with Army, the Big Green have lost 17 of the last 23.
• Dartmouth won the last game in Hanover by three points, 71-68, on Dec. 11, 2010. All-time at Leede Arena, the Green are 4-2 vs. Army.
• Head coach Paul Cormier is 2-4 in his career against Army, with all six games coming while leading the Big Green.
Scouting the Black Knights
• Army has a .500 record entering this game but has a strength of schedule of 328 (out of 347) and lost to both of its Ivy League opponents thus far. Yale won in double-overtime on its home court, 86-83, Columbia defeated the Black Knights in West Point on Saturday, 64-52.
• A total of 18 players have seen action for Army this season with two averaging at least 10 points. Ella Ellis pours in 17.5 points per game to lead the Black Knights, and Kyle Wilson scores 12.5 ppg despite coming off the bench in all 14 games.
• Ellis does a bit of everything with a solid shooting percentage (.417 on threes, .842 at the line), 4.2 rebounds per game and a team-best 17 blocks.
• Wilson also shoots the three well (41.9 percent), but has just half as many triples as Ellis. Josh Herbeck and Kyle Toth are also threats from deep.
• Army scores six more points per game than its opponents and hauls in four more rebounds.
• In the last five games, the Black Knights are 3-2 with at least 90 points in the three wins and no more than 55 points in the two losses.
• Zach Spiker (Ithaca ’00) is in his fourth season as Army’s head coach with a record of 44-59 after spending five seasons as an assistant at Cornell. He sports a 3-1 record against Dartmouth as a collegiate head coach.
Brooks Breaks Out
In the four games before playing Colgate on Jan. 5, sophomore Jvonte Brooks scored just 20 points (without a field goal in the last two contests) and grabbed 11 rebounds. But against the Raiders, the forward finally broke loose and nearly matched those totals in just 24 minutes with 18 points (tying a career best) and eight rebounds.
Melville’s White Whale
For whatever reason, junior Tyler Melville has enjoyed much more success against Ivy League teams than non-conference foes. He is averaging 9.1 points per game in 28 league games, but just 3.6 in 40 games outside the Ancient Eight. Yet he still managed to post 11 points against his older brother’s former team, Colgate, on Jan. 5 in his third start of the season. Apparently he got into conference mode a little early this year.
Maldunas In Reserve
After being held scoreless at Bryant with just two rebounds, sophomore Gabas Maldunas came of the bench at Boston College on New Year’s Eve. The big man responded with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out a pair of assists with nary a turnover. He played as a reserve the next time out as well, and is now averaging 10.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg in seven career games off the bench.