Wrapping Up Season-Opening Three-Game Homestand
The Game: Dartmouth (1-1) vs. UMass Lowell (0-2)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Saturday, November 16 at 4 p.m.
Series Record vs. UMass Lowell: First meeting
Live Audio, Video - Big Green Insider on the Ivy League Digital Network — Dave Collins, play-by-play
Complete Game Notes
Taking on First-Time Opponent
• Dartmouth finishes off a three-game homestand to start the season by taking on UMass Lowell, a program in its first year at Division I and one that the Big Green have never played before.
• Last time on the court, Dartmouth suffered its first loss of the season, 87-77, to Bryant as Bulldog guard Dyami Starks scored 35 points, just four shy of the Leede Arena record.
• Sophomore guard Alex Mitola led three Dartmouth players in double figures with 15 on the strength of 3-of-5 shooting behind the arc.
• Despite being limited to five minutes in the first half with foul trouble, junior Gabas Maldunas still managed to record his eighth career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
• Senior captain Tyler Melville chipped in 13 points, making him the only player on the roster to score at least 10 in each of the first two games.
• One game after hitting a whopping 37 free throws in 44 attempts (.841), the Big Green struggled at the foul line versus the Bulldogs, converting just 10 of 22 (.455).
• Another of the five freshmen made his collegiate debut on Wednesday. Eli Harrison played the final two minutes and drained his first shot, a three-pointer.
Series vs. UMass Lowell
• This is the first meeting between the two schools on the hardwood.
• The River Hawks are in their first year at the Division I level having joined the America East Conference.
• Dartmouth has five opponents on the schedule this year that it has never played against previously — UML, Northern Illinois, the University of Illinois, Jacksonville State and Lesley College.
• UMass Lowell is also one of three schools from Massachusetts on the schedule this year, along with Lesley and Harvard.
Scouting the River Hawks
• UMass Lowell enters this game having lost its first two contests, both on the road: 69-42 at Michigan and 91-65 at Boston University.
• The River Hawks played at the Division II level last year, and once won the national championship in 1988.
• The UML shooters have struggled to start the season, posting a .373 field goal percentage and .310 from three-point range.
• Guard Akeem Williams, an All-Northeast-10 First Team selection last year, is the focal point of the offense as he leads the team with 17 points per game thus far.
• Williams also is second on the squad with 5.5 rebounds per game despite standing just 5-10. Freshman Tyler Livingston edges him on the boards at 6.0.
• Guard Chad Holley shot 42.5 percent on three-pointers last year and shares point guarding duties with Williams as the two provide similar assist totals.
• The River Hawks are coached by Pat Duquette, in his first year as a head coach. He spent the last three years as the associate head coach at Northeastern, and prior to that was an assistant coach at Boston College for Al Skinner for 13 seasons.
Bitten by Bulldogs
Dartmouth beat Bryant in Leede Arena the first time the two teams met in the 2011-12 season, 66-62, but the Bulldogs bit back on its return trip to Hanover. Led by Dyami Starks’ 35 points — the most by a Big Green opponent in Leede Arena since Vermont’s Eddie Benton set the arena record of 39 in 1994 — Bryant torched the nets at a 59.2 percent clip to defeat Dartmouth, 87-77.
Throws Aren’t So Free
One game after converting 37-of-44 foul shots, the Big Green suddenly couldn’t find the range from 15 feet against Bryant. Dartmouth sank just 10 of its 22 free throw attempts (.455), its lowest percentage since knocking down just 5-of-15 (.333) at Arizona State on Dec. 15, 2012. Granted, last year’s squad went on to rank second in the league in free throw percentage at .729.
Double Your Pleasure
Foul trouble was threatening to hold down junior for a second straight game when he was sent to the bench against Bryant with two fouls just five minutes into the contest. He made up for lost time in the second stanza as he registered his eighth career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Dartmouth, however, is just 3-5 in those eight games.
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.