|DARTMOUTH BIG GREEN
|at||CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS
|KOESSLER ATHLETIC CENTER • BUFFALO, N.Y. • Dec. 2, 2017 • 4 p.m.|
|DARTMOUTH NOTES||LIVE VIDEO
|LIVE STATS||CANISIUS NOTES|
|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.427||.438|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.316||.358|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.846||.760|
Return to Site of 2015 CIT Game
• Dartmouth opens up a five-game road trip by returning to the scene of its lone postseason appearance in the last 58 seasons when it plays at Canisius on Saturday afternoon.
• Three years ago, the Big Green earned a spot in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament only to fall to the Golden Griffins in the first round, 87-72.
• Last time out, Dartmouth rallied from a 13-point deficit to defeat Loyola (Md.), 64-63, when the team’s leading scorer, Brendan Barry, dropped in a layup with 1.7 seconds left.
• Barry is the only Big Green player to score in double figures in each of the first four games, averaging 14.3 ppg while shooting 56.8 percent overall and 43.5 percent from long range.
• Senior Miles Wright isn’t far behind, contributing 14.0 ppg along with a team-best 5.5 rpg while leading the squad with six blocks and seven steals.
• Freshman Chris Knight has been a valuable sixth man off the bench, producing 13.0 ppg while leading the nation in field goal percentage (.759). He hit all five of his shots against the Greyhounds and is 12-of-13 over the last two games.
• Dartmouth has been one of the most accurate free throw shooting teams in the country at 80.4 percent (12th). But its opponents have been even better at a combined 84.6 percent.
• The Big Green will be without the returning leading scorer from last year’s squad, Guilien Smith, due to a hand injury. He is out indefinitely.
Series vs. Canisius
• This is the third meeting between these two teams in the last four seasons and eighth overall with the Big Green holding a 4-3 advantage.
• The 2015 CIT game in Buffalo rekindled a series that had been dormant for over 46 years with the Golden Griffins advancing with an 87-72 victory.
• Dartmouth took its revenge the following season with an 80-69 triumph at Leede Arena as Miles Wright scored 14 points and the Smith non-brothers — Guilien and Cameron — combined for 12 more.
• The Big Green are 20-36 all-time against current MAAC schools, including a 78-77 loss at Quinnipiac in the season opener.
Scouting the Golden Griffins
• Canisius opened the season with a pair of road losses before winning three of its next four, including its only home game thus far, 104-84, over Youngstown State.
• Last time out, the Golden Griffins dropped an 80-58 game at Pacific in the final game of the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase.
• Isaiah Reese does just about it all for Canisius, leading the team in scoring (16.4 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg) and steals (12), plus is second on the squad with 30 assists.
• Three others average at least 10 points a game — Jermaine Crumpton (14.0), Takal Molson (11.4) and Spencer Foley (11.3).
• Both Reese and Foley have hit at least half of their 3-point attempts, combining to hit 38 triples.
• As a team, the Golden Griffins are shooting close to 50 percent (.487) and 36.5 percent from long range while making over nine per game.
• Turnovers have been an issue for Canisius, however, at about 17 per contest.
• The Golden Griffin defense has held opponents to 43.8 percent from the floor and 35.8 percent from behind the arc.
• Reggie Witherspoon (Empire State ’95), the 24th head coach at Canisius, is in his second year at the helm with a record of 21-20, but is 219-248 for his career having guided Buffalo for 14 years. Last year he led the Golden Griffins to a berth in the CIT, falling at Samford in the first round, 78-74.
This is the first of nine Dartmouth games to be streamed live on ESPN3 this season, with three of the next four contests available through the service, followed by an appearance on ESPN2 at Notre Dame on Dec. 19.
Barry Buzzer Beater
After trailing Loyola by as many as 13 in the first half, Dartmouth got itself into position to defeat the Greyhounds in the final seconds on Nov. 28. Brendan Barry lofted a layup high off the glass and through the hoop with 1.7 seconds remaining, lifting the Big Green to a 64-63 victory, their first over Loyola in three tries. This was Barry’s second game-winner in the final three seconds, having drilled a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left on New Year’s Eve last year to beat New Hampshire, 63-62.
Usually swords are associated with knights, but in the case of freshman Chris Knight, we have to talk about his shooting accuracy — shooting the ball, of course. The rookie continued his assault on the basket, hitting all five of his shots in the 64-63 victory over Loyola on Nov. 28, boosting his field goal percentage to 75.9, a figure that leads all of Division I. Over the last three games, Knight has knocked down 18-of-21 shots (.857).
As noted above, Dartmouth fell behind Loyola by 13 points on Nov. 28, yet still managed to rally and defeat the Greyhounds, 64-63. It was the first deficit of 10 points or more that the Big Green had overcome since a 63-50 triumph over Harvard on Jan. 23, 2016 in which they faced an 11-point deficit. The last time Dartmouth overcame a deficit of at least 13 points was when it set the school record by battling back from a 24-point hole (with 14 minutes to play) against Brown on March 6, 2015.
Loyola Off the Mark
Loyola had a terrible time shooting from long distance against the Big Green defense on Nov. 28, hitting just 1-of-14 (.071) from 3-point range. The last Dartmouth opponent to collect no more than one trey was Vermont on Jan. 4, 2014 when it went 0-for-4. That is also the last time an opponent shot worse than the Greyhounds did from the perimeter. Oddly enough, that Catamount team had just three assists, the last time an opponent has as few as Loyola’s five.
Junior Guilien Smith had played in all 58 Big Green games during his career before missing the clash with Loyola on Nov. 28 due to a hand (non-shooting) injury he suffered against Albany six days prior. Unfortunately, Dartmouth’s leading returning scorer from last year’s squad will not be available for quite awhile with no timetable for his return.
The Wright Stuff
Senior Miles Wright had his most prolific game shooting the basketball in 11 months when he hit 9-of-17 field goals and 3-of-7 from deep for 21 points against Albany on Nov. 22. But not only was it his sixth career 20-point game, he also matched a personal best with three blocked shots and recorded two steals, making him the 18th player in Dartmouth history with 100 career steals. He found his hot hand in the middle of the win against Loyola as well, scoring 11 points in a 3:20 span that bridged the two halves before finishing the game with 13.
Barry-ing the Three
Against Albany on Nov. 22, sophomore Brendan Barry showed off his long-range stroke for the home crowd, drilling a career-high four 3-pointers in seven attempts. Through four games this season, Barry has knocked down 10-of-23 trifectas, a rate of 43.5 percent, which is second in the Ivy League.
Free Throw Prowess
The way Dartmouth is shooting free throws, it should make more effort to get to the charity stripe. Through four games, the Big Green have converted 80.4 percent (45-of-56) of its foul shots, 10th-best in the country. Granted, they entered the Loyola game leading all Division I teams and proceeded to miss their first three foul shots, but that was simply due to my jinxing them in these notes. I take full blame.