|DARTMOUTH BIG GREEN
|CHACE ATHLETIC CENTER • SMITHFIELD, R.I. • Dec. 22, 2016 • 11 a.m.|
|DARTMOUTH NOTES||NEC FRONT ROW
||AUDIO||LIVE STATS||OPPONENT NOTES|
|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.471||.466|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.343||.333|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.671||.770|
Final Road Non-Conference Game
• Dartmouth is playing its eighth road game out of its first 11 with this trip to Bryant.
• The road was finally kind to the Big Green on Sunday as they recorded their first win of the 2016-17 season by defeating LIU Brooklyn, 82-68.
• The win ended Dartmouth’s nine-game skid, its longest to start a season in nearly 50 years (1967-68).
• Miles Wright, who had struggled shooting the ball in the early going, lit up the Blackbirds for 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 5-of-7 from three-point range to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors.
• The only other higher-scoring game in Wright’s career was a 39-point barrage … against LIU Brooklyn last year.
• Three other Big Green players reached double figures, two of whom did it for the first time — freshman Brendan Barry (14, all in the second half) and senior Ike Ngwudo (11).
• Evan Boudreaux, who had scored in double figures in his last 27 games, was held to just seven points, but did match Wright for the team lead with seven rebounds. Even so, Boudreaux still ranks second in the league with 16.8 ppg and first with 8.4 rpg.
• As a team Dartmouth knocked down 11 three-pointers, matching its most in any game of this season or the previous two.
Series vs. Bryant
• These two teams are meeting for the sixth straight year since starting the series in the 2011-12 campaign.
• Dartmouth won the initial encounter, 66-62, but the Bulldogs took the series lead last year, 3-2, with a thrilling 62-60 contest in Leede Arena.
• Shane McLaughlin led Bryant with 26 points, while Evan Boudreaux and Miles Wright each had 16 for the Big Green in last year’s contest.
• A 2016 graduate, Connor Boehm, is Dartmouth’s all-time leading scorer against Bryant with 57 points, an average of 14.3 per game.
• Dartmouth is 11-12 all-time against current Northeast Conference schools, but 1-0 this season thanks to the win over LIU Brooklyn.
Scouting the Bulldogs
• Bryant is playing its first game in 12 days following final exams.
• The Bulldogs have not backed down from tough competition with games at Notre Dame and Gonzaga, but they have lost three straight with their last win coming Nov. 30 against Yale, 79-70.
• Last time out Bryant suffered a 13-point loss at home to New Hampshire, who happens to be Dartmouth’s next opponent on New Year’s Eve.
• The Bulldogs rely heavily on underclassmen as their top four scorers are all freshmen and sophomores, led by Nisre Zouzoua at 21.2 ppg, which puts him among the top 25 nationally.
• He and Adam Grant (16.2 ppg) combine to hit five three-pointers per game at a 40 percent clip.
• Forwards Marcel Pettway and Sabastian Townes both hit at least half of their shots and contribute a total of 16 points a night.
• On the boards, the opposition has averaged three more rebounds per game. Pettway (6.4 rpg) leads the Bulldogs, while the loss of Dan Garvin (7.0 rpg) in mid-November hurt their presence in the post.
• Tim O’Shea is in his ninth season at Bryant with a 84-170 record. He also guided Ohio for seven years and has a combined record of 201-257, picking up his 200th win against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 22, 64-57.
• Associate head coach Happy Dobbs is a former Dartmouth assistant from 1984-91.
Game on NEC Front Row
The Dartmouth game at Bryant will be streamed live for free as part of NEC Front Row. Visit necfrontrow.com to find the link to the stream, or listen to the game through the WOON 1240 AM website.
The Wright Stuff
Something about LIU Brooklyn brings out the best in Miles Wright. The junior lit up the Blackbirds for 25 points — the most by a Big Green player this season — on 10-of-17 shooting including five three-pointers to lead Dartmouth to its first victory of the season on Dec. 18, 82-68. Last year Wright tied the Leede Arena record with 39 points against LIU Brooklyn, the most points in a game since Jim Barton ’89 set the school record with 48 in an overtime loss at Brown on Feb. 7, 1987. Both times Wright was chosen as the Ivy League Player of the Week.
Two Newbies to Double Digits
Senior Ike Ngwudo and freshman Brendan Barry each topped 10 points in the win at LIU Brooklyn for the first time in their respective careers. Ngwudo drilled a trio of treys (one less than his career total entering the game) to tally 11, while the rookie Barry hit two triples and went 8-of-9 at the line (all in the second half) to total 14.
Getting Guilien With It
For the third straight game, sophomore Guilien Smith hit double figures in scoring with 14 points at LIU Brooklyn. He also had a streak of four games to start the season, giving him a scoring average of 11.4 ppg, putting him in the top 20 in the Ivy League. Of his 14 points against the Blackbirds, 10 came at the foul line, the most by a Big Green player since Taylor Johnson hit 10 at Yale in February.
When Dartmouth drained 11 three-pointers at LIU Brooklyn, it was the second time it had done so this season, matching the total against Marist on Nov. 26. Those 11 were the most for the Big Green since dropping a dozen in an 87-78 win over Cornell on March 1, 2014. Since that game, the Big Green had hit double figures on threes just once — 10 in a 67-51 victory at Mercer on Dec. 16, 2014. But hitting a lot of three-pointers is no guarantee of victory. In the 42 games that Dartmouth has popped at least 11 since the 1998-99 season, the Green have gone just 20-22.
Boudreaux Bottled Up
It was an odd game for sophomore Evan Boudreaux in the 82-68 victory at LIU Brooklyn on Dec. 18. First, he was held scoreless for the first half for the first time in his career and second time in either half. Second, he scored just seven points, his fourth career game out of 37 not reaching double figures and his first after 27 straight. Third, he misfired on all six three-point attempts, despite being a 40 percent marksman for his career. But in the end, he was smiling as Dartmouth got the ‘W’.
With the 70-66 loss at Hartford on Dec. 13, Dartmouth lost its first nine games of the season for the first time in nearly 50 years. The 1967-68 Big Green also lost nine straight before turning their season around with an overtime victory over Penn. Head coach David McLaughlin is in good company, however, as the coach of that squad was none other than college basketball legend Dave Gavitt. And the previous coach to lose at least nine straight at the start of a season was Alvin “Doggie” Julian, who took Dartmouth to the NCAA Tournament twice and Holy Cross to an NCAA title.