HANOVER, N.H. — Freshman Chris Knight scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting to lead Dartmouth (1-1) to its first victory of the year as the Big Green cruised past Division III Emerson College on Tuesday night at Leede Arena, 78-43. The 35-point margin of victory was the largest for Dartmouth since a 65-point win over another Division III team, Pine Manor, in January of 2016.
No less than a dozen players put points on the scoreboard for Dartmouth with senior Taylor Johnson and sophomore point guard Brendan Barry reaching double figures as well with 11 and 10, respectively. The 6-1 Barry also grabbed seven rebounds to pace the Big Green, while freshman reserve point guard Isaac Letoa dished out six assists.
Geoffrey Gray led all player with 17 points on 7-of-19 shooting, including 3-of-7 from long range, for the Lions, and Ben Holding came off the bench to contribute 10.
Dartmouth hit more than of its shots (28-of-55, .509) with the trio in double figures knocking down 16-of-22 from the floor, with nine three-pointers in 27 attempts (.333). At the foul line, the Big Green converted 13-of-16 (.813), topping 80 percent for the second straight game.
Emerson led for most of the first 7:30 of the game thanks to a trio of 3-pointers, two by Corey Fitz. A Will Lantier layup gave the Lions a 13-8 advantage less than six minutes into the contest before Dartmouth stormed back.
A putback by Knight started a 14-point run for the Big Green, with 12 of those points coming on layups, three courtesy of Johnson. Gray tried to keep Emerson close with two more triples as Knight sandiched a pair of buckets between those long-distance shots. But when sophomore James Foye drained a trifecta with 6:51 to play in the half, Dartmouth had a double-digit lead it would not relinquish.
After that last Gray long ball, the Lions failed to score again in the final 8:30 of the half as the Big Green pulled out to a 36-19 lead at the break. Knight had reached double figures with 10 points in just seven minutes of action in the stanza.
Emerson was still within 15 early in the second half when Barry ripped off eight straight points with a pair of 3-pointers to give Dartmouth a sudden 50-27 lead. Three more baskets gave the Green their second 14-0 run of the night, and Johnson boosted the difference to 30 at 59-29 with his trey with 8:41 to play.
The largest lead of the evening came when Knight stole a Lion pass, brought the ball up the court and pulled off a give-and-go with Letoa, flushing the ball home for a 36-point lead and little more than six minutes to play.
All 13 active players saw time on the court, including freshman walk-on Ben Swett during the final 2:27. He put the final stamp on the game with a steal and dish to Letoa for a breakaway layup and the final points of the night.
Dartmouth held Emerson to 27.6 percent shooting (16-of-58) and 28.6 percent (8-of-28) from downtown. The Lions did make all three foul of their foul shots, but were outmanned on the boards with the Big Green owning a 40-30 edge in rebounds.
Of the 28 field goals for Dartmouth, 19 came with assists compared to 11 turnovers, while the visitors had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 7-to-17.
The Big Green will have a week off for fall exams, then return to their home court of Leede Arena when Albany comes to town on Nov. 22. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. and be streamed live on the Ivy League Network with Brett Franklin and Jill Koclanes calling the action. Fans can also listen to the game over the airwaves on KOOL FM (106.7 and 96.3 FM) and online at koolnh.com.
Notes: The last time 12 players scored for Dartmouth was in a 66-54 loss to Columbia this past Jan. 27 … the Big Green shot better than 50 percent from the floor in just three games last year … Dartmouth has had a player with six assists in each of the first two games, a total attained just three times all of last season … the last opponent to shoot under 30 percent against the Big Green was Old Dominion (.288) just under a year ago on Nov. 30, 2016, though Dartmouth lost the game, 59-47 … the Big Green have won five of their past six home openers.