Big Green host Bryant on Wednesday Evening
The Game: Dartmouth (1-0) vs. Bryant (0-1)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Bryant: Tied 1-1
Live Audio, Video - Big Green Insider on the Ivy League Digital Network — Dave Collins, play-by-play
Complete Game Notes
• Dartmouth hosts Bryant tonight in the second of three straight home game to start the season.
• The Big Green kicked off the season on Sunday, demolishing Division III Lyndon State, 106-61, just the eighth time they have ever topped the century mark.
• Five players scored in double figures in the rout, led by sophomore Malik Gill with 14.
• Two more sophomores — Connor Boehm and Kevin Crescenzi — each had 13 points as Boehm hit all six of his field goal attempts and Crescenzi popped a trio of triples.
• Last year’s leading scorer, junior Gabas Maldunas, was limited by foul trouble and played just 14 minutes, tallying four points. He did, however, tie for the team lead with seven rebounds.
• Two of the five freshmen on the roster, Wesley Dickinson and Mike Fleming, both scored nine points, most of which came at the foul line as the two combined to go 14-of-15.
• Speaking of free throws, the Big Green hit 37-of-44 (.841) at the line, five makes shy of the school record set in 1957.
• All 12 players that saw action in the game for Dartmouth had at least one rebound and one point, and all but one had either a steal or an assist.
Series vs. Bryant
• This is just the third time these two schools have faced each other on the hardwood, all in the last three seasons.
• The first game took place here at Leede Arena with Dartmouth emerging victorious, 66-62.
• Last year the Big Green were not as fortunate, dropping a 79-66 game to Bryant.
• scored a career-high 24 points, while knocking down 11 of his 16 field goal attempts, in the matchup in 2012-13.
• The Bulldogs countered with five players in double figures, led by 19 points from Frankie Dobbs, who is now the director of operations for Bryant.
Scouting the Bulldogs
• Bryant was picked to finish tied for second in the Northeast Conference Preseason Poll, coming off a 19-12 season and a trip to the CBI last year.
• Like Dartmouth, Bryant has one game under its belt thus far this season. But unlike the Big Green, the Bulldogs took a loss, albeit to a formidable foe in Gonzaga, 100-76.
• Four of Bryant’s top five scorers from a year ago are back on the roster in 2013-14, led by Dyami Starks and Alex Francis who both averaged more than 17 points a game last year.
• Starks got off to a terrific start for the Bulldogs, earning Northeast Conference Co-Player of the Week for torching Gonzaga for 35 points on 13-of-22 shooting.
• Francis was the only other player in double figures for Bryant, posting 13 points while knocking down four of six from the floor.
• While Starks was lighting it up, the rest of the team managed to shoot less than 40 percent while connecting on just 1-of-12 shots from downtown.
• Associate head coach Happy Dobbs is a former Dartmouth assistant under Paul Cormier, but back during Cormier’s first stint in Hanover (1984-91).
Big Green Insider
This year, Big Green Insider — the subscription service that streams Dartmouth events live online — has joined the newly formed Ivy League Digital Network. Fans who subscribe to Big Green Insider will be able to watch Dartmouth men's basketball in high-definition in a three-camera shoot, an upgrade over standard definition from one single camera in years past. Replays will be shown during the broadcast, and the viewer will have DVR capabilities to rewind the action. Visit IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com for more information on available packages.
Score of the Century
For just the eighth time in 113 varsity seasons, the Dartmouth basketball team scored at least 100 points in a game when it defeated Lyndon State in the season opener, 106-61. The last time the Big Green hit triple digits was when they set the school record for points in a game with 112 against Keene State on Nov. 23, 1999. And the 45-point margin of victory is the largest for the team since besting Plymouth State by 49 on Dec. 14, 2008 by a final of 96-47.
Get Your Free Throws Here
Of the 106 points scored by Dartmouth in its season opener against Lyndon State, 37 came at the free throw line, just five shy of the school record set against Springfield nearly 57 years ago on Jan. 9, 1957. Ten of the 12 players that saw action in the game had at least one free throw. Surprisingly, last year’s leader in foul shot attempts was one of the two who did not — . The last time the Big Green made even 30 in a contest was on Jan. 17, 1991 when they went 34-of-49 against New Hampshire in a 94-75 win on the road.
Accurate Shooting Carries Over
As a team, Dartmouth shot 51.7 percent against Lyndon State, giving the Green three straight games of hitting at least half of their shots dating back to last year. Dartmouth swept the final weekend of 2012-13, beating Cornell and Columbia by shooting 52.1 percent and 54.3 percent, respectively.
The Dartmouth Big Green were pegged to duplicate their 2012-13 finish — tied for sixth — in the preseason media poll. Two-time defending champion Harvard was a unanimous choice by the media to win the conference crown with all 17 first-place votes. Coming off a 6-8 injury-riddled season, Penn was predicted to finish second, followed by Yale and Princeton.