The Game: Dartmouth (2-9) vs. Colgtate (5-10)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Saturday, January 5 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Colgate: Raiders lead 22-17
Live Audio, Video - Big Green Insider (Dave Collins, play-by-play)
Complete Game Notes
Home Sweet Home
• For the first time in exactly six weeks, Dartmouth will entertain a Leede Arena crowd by hosting Colgate in the only athletic event on campus this weekend.
• The Big Green have lost six straight and went 1-7 on the eight-game road trip.
• The most recent outing came on New Year’s Eve at Boston College in which the host Eagles drained 12-of-25 three-pointers to pull away from Dartmouth in the second half, 79-58.
• Freshman forward Connor Boehm continued his recent stretch of strong play with a team-high 16 points with eight rebounds at BC. He is the only Big Green player averaging in double figures during the six-game skid (11.2 ppg) while shooting 58.0 percent and hauling in 8.8 boards per game, leading the team on the glass in five of them.
• Another freshman picking up his game is point guard Alex Mitola, who leads the team with 11.3 points per game. Although he struggled with his shot early in the season, over the last five games he has drained half (13) of his three-point attempts, compared to 13-of-46 (.283) over the first six contests.
• The Big Green’s leading rebounder, sophomore Gabas Maldunas, came off the bench for the first time all season at BC and went 6-of-9 from the floor in scoring 12 points.
Series vs. Colgate
• This is the 40th meeting between the schools on the hardwood, and the 17th straight year they have squared off against each other. The Raiders own a 22-17 advantage overall and have won 10 of the last 12 matchups.
• Dartmouth, 3-6 against Colgate all-time at Leede Arena, won the last game here, 80-63, back on Nov. 27, 2010. Only senior Matt LaBove and junior Tyler Melville remain on the squad that played in that game.
• Head coach Paul Cormier is 4-3 against the Raiders in his career, 2-3 while at Dartmouth.
Scouting the Raiders
• Colgate has struggled at times this season, but won back-to-back games to finish the 2012 calendar year before dropping its most recent outing at Columbia, 66-59.
• The Raiders have not fared well outside of their home arena, going 1-9 on the road plus a victory on a neutral court. Three of those losses have been to very good opponents — Illinois, Marquette and Syracuse.
• The focal point of an offense that averages 64.8 points per game is Murphy Burnatowski, a transfer from Maine. The 6-7, 230-pound forward is averaging 17.3 points and 6.1 rebounds a game and also leads the team in three-pointers (37).
• Pat Moore is the only other Raider scoring in double figures at 11.6 ppg. Much of his offense comes from behind the arc with 35 triples in 80 attempts (.438).
• Colgate has started the same five players in each of its 15 games.
• Although the Raiders have shot a better percentage across the board than their opponents, they are being outscored by 7.1 points a game due to 72 more turnovers and 63 fewer offensive boards.
• Matt Langel (Penn ’00) is in his second season as the Colgate head coach with a 13-32 record entering this game.
Getting Out of the Gate
Generally speaking, Dartmouth has struggled during the first half of play this season, only once taking a lead into halftime. But at Boston College, the Big Green had their best offensive showing during the first 20 minutes, setting season-high marks in field goals (12), FG percentage (.480), three-point pct. (3-of-4, .750), steals (6) and points (33). Unfortunately, Dartmouth also surrendered a season-high 41 points to the host Eagles.
Playing the Boehm Game
It took five games for freshman to adjust to the college game, and in the six games since has been a force. After averaging 1.4 points in those first five contests, he has scored 11.2 per game since and led the team in rebounding in five of the past six games. In the last two contests, he is averaging 20.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 18-of-27 (.667) and hitting both of his three-point and free throw attempts.
Maldunas In Reserve
After being held scoreless at Bryant with just two rebounds, sophomore came of the bench at Boston College on New Year’s Eve for just the sixth time in 41 career games and second time in the last 37 contests. 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. In those six games off the bench, he is averaging 11.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg.
Looking for 100 at Dartmouth
Head coach 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 99-152 in this his 10th season with the Big Green and 185-263 in 17 seasons as a head coach.