HANOVER, N.H. — Sophomore Malik Gill led five Big Green players in double figures with 14 points as Dartmouth (1-0) rolled in its season opener on Sunday afternoon, overwhelming Division III Lyndon State (0-1) by a final of 106-61. The Big Green shot just over 50 percent (31-of-60) and converted a whopping 37 free throws in 44 attempts (.841) to top 100 points for just the eighth time in program history and first time since setting the school record with 112 points against Keene State on November 23, 1999.

Gill needed just 13 minutes on the court to compile his 14 points, knocking down 3-of-5 from the floor, including a pair of three-pointers, and sinking all six of his foul shots. Two more sophomores in Connor Boehm (a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor) and Kevin Crescenzi each contributed 13 points on the afternoon, senior captain Tyler Melville added 11 and junior John Golden chipped in 10.

Dartmouth dominated the glass against the shorter Hornets, pulling down 48 rebounds compared to 29 for Lyndon State. Junior Gabas Maldunas, sophomore Brandon McDonnell and freshman Wesley Dickinson each hauled in seven boards to lead all players.

Connor Boehm
Connor Boehm works the pump fake to perfection, much like his 6-for-6 afternoon shooting from the floor.
The two teams traded a pair of buckets in the early going before the Big Green quickly took control of the affair with a 14-2 spurt. McDonnell scored the last seven of those Dartmouth points for the initial double-digit lead at 18-6 barely eight minutes into the game.

Gill knocked down the first of seven Big Green trifectas to maintain the 12-point advantage before fouls took over the game. For the next seven minutes, the two sides combined for just one field goal — a layup by Golden — while totaling 17 free throws in 22 attempts. Boehm ended the hacktastic stretch with a short one-hander in the lane on nice passes by sophomores Alex Mitola and Tommy Carpenter, starting an 8-0 run to extend the lead to 27 at 44-17. At the intermission, Dartmouth had double the Hornets at 48-24.

When play resumed, the Green needed three minutes of action to build their lead to 30, and less than four minutes later the bulge was 40. A three-pointer by Crescenzi with 4:38 to play put Dartmouth into triple digits and briefly gave the Big Green its biggest edge of the day at an even 50 points, 101-51.

David Johnson led the Lyndon State effort with 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting, and Iser Barnes drilled all three of his long-range attempts to tally 11 points in just nine minutes. As a team, the Hornets were held to 34.5 percent from the floor (20-of-58) and turned the ball over 20 times with just three assists.

Dickinson and Mike Fleming got their first taste of college action with each tallying nine points. Dickinson was a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line shooting one-handed to go along with his seven rebounds, while Fleming went 7-of-8 and dished out three assists to share the team lead with Gill.

Dartmouth continues its season-opening three-game homestand on Wednesday evening when it hosts Bryant (0-1) at 7 p.m. Lyndon State laces up its sneakers again on Nov. 21 in a home game against Western New England at 7 p.m.