|DARTMOUTH BIG GREEN
|LEEDE ARENA • HANOVER, N.H. • Nov. 14, 2017 • 7 p.m.|
|DARTMOUTH NOTES||LIVE VIDEO||LIVE STATS|
|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.400||..414|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.400||.365|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.815||.731|
• Dartmouth, in search of its first win of the 2017-18 campaign, hosts Division III Emerson College in the Big Green’s home opener.
• This is the 31st season for Leede Arena, having opened for the 1987-88 season, and the 117th for the Dartmouth basketball program.
• The Big Green are 16-14 in home openers at Leede, but dropped a 79-62 decision to Fairfield last year after winning the previous four.
• Last Saturday, Dartmouth opened up the 2017-18 campaign with a hard-fought 78-77 loss at Quinnipiac, its fourth straight defeat in season openers to fall to 76-41 all-time.
• The top four scorers for the Big Green were all from different classes, led by sophomore Brendan Barry with a career-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting with two 3-pointers.
• Junior Guilien Smith had 17, senior Miles Wright had 15 and freshman Chris Knight chipped in nine.
• Dartmouth fell behind by as many as 16 points early in the second half before rallying to tie the game on four occasions. But the Green could never take the lead, and Wright’s shot at the buzzer was blocked to preserve the Bobcats’ one-point victory.
• Senior Taylor Johnson assisted on six buckets, a personal best, without committing a turnover.
• Speaking of turnovers, Dartmouth coughed the ball up just six times, its fewest since a one-point win over IPFW three years ago.
Series vs. Emerson
• This is the first time these two schools have met on the hardwood.
• Over the previous 10 seasons, Dartmouth has played a school from outside of Division I eight times, winning all eight by an average margin of 39 points.
• The last encounter with a non-Division I team came on Jan. 16, 2016 when the Big Green set a program scoring record with a 121-56 victory over Division III Pine Manor. It was also the largest margin of victory (65) for Dartmouth in over 90 years and third-largest ever.
• Dartmouth has won its last 10 games against non-Division I schools with the last loss a 50-48 defensive battle at Hawaii-Hilo on Nov. 28, 2003.
Scouting the Lions
• Last year Emerson finished with a 7-18 overall record and a 3-11 mark in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), tying for seventh in the eight-team league.
• The Lions were a young team last year without a senior seeing significant minutes. All five starters are back, including star guard Geoffrey Gray who posted 18.0 ppg and 8.2 rpg to lead the squad in both categories.
• The other two to average in double figures were guard Michael Sheng and 6-4 forward John Geary. Both can shoot the long ball, particularly the latter who hit 42.4 percent from distance with a total of 50 3-pointers.
• Only two players on the roster are listed above 6-foot-6, but those players are 7-foot-1 Mac Sashin and 6-foot-11 Will Lantier.
• Emerson was an effective free throw shooting team a year ago, converting over 73 percent of its foul shots.
• New England basketball fans will recognize the name of the Lions’ head coach — Bill Curley, the former Boston College star who led the Eagles to the Elite Eight in 1994 before being selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the NBA Draft. Curley is in his fourth season leading Emerson with a record of 29-48 after serving three years as the associate head coach for his former coach at BC, Jim O‘Brien.
Year Five of Ivy League Network
All home games and every Ivy League contest — a total of 19 games — will be streamed live in high-definition this season through the Ivy League Network. Five of the conference games will be simulcast on ESPN3 as well, while four more will be televised by Eleven Sports Network and another on SNY. Visit IvyLeagueNetwork.com for information on how to subscribe to the ILN and watch the action on your computer, tablet or phone, or through AppleTV or Roku.
So Close in Season Opener
Dartmouth was looking to earn a victory in a road season opener for the first time since 1987 when it traveled to Quinnipiac on Nov. 11. After falling behind by as many as 16 in the second half, the Big Green stormed back to knot the score four times, then had the ball with less than five seconds down by one. But the final shot was blocked, denying Dartmouth a buzzer-beating game-winner, leaving the team on the wrong end of a 78-77 score, the first one-point loss under second-year head coach David McLaughlin (two one-point wins last year).
Thank You Barry Much
Sophomore Brendan Barry was handed the reins to the offense as the starting point guard, and he did not disappoint in the opener, leading Dartmouth with a career-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 2-of-3 from long range. It was just his fourth game in double figures, with his first at Hartford 11 months ago with 14, and the other two against Harvard last January (12 and 10).
Block as Knight
Freshman Chris Knight made his presence felt in his collegiate debut during the season opener at Quinnipiac, swatting four Bobcat shots during his 18 minutes on the court. No Ivy player had as many in any game over the first weekend of action, and the most by a Big Green player since Gabas Maldunas ’15 had four blocks against Brown on March 6, 2015.
National Stat Rankings
While Knight’s four blocked shots has him ranked ninth nationally on a per game basis (I know it’s early, but let me have my fun), other Dartmouth players find themselves in national rankings in a couple of other categories. Guilien Smith (5-of-5)and Brendan Barry (3-of-3) are two of 165 players across Division I who are perfect at the foul line with at least 2.5 makes per game. And Miles Wright is 44th nationally (plus leads the Ivy League) with 3.0 steals per game. With two more swipes, Wright will become the 18th player in program history with 100 steals.
Taking Care of the Ball
If the season opener is any indication about how much the Big Green value the basketball, things are looking good. Dartmouth turned the ball over just six times at Quinnipiac, its fewest in three years, while forcing 15 Bobcat miscues. Those six turnovers put the Big Green third in the nation in fewest per game, and its turnover margin of 9.0 is 20th best.