HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth freshman Chris Knight was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week in men’s basketball as selected today by the league office.
A native of DeForest, Wisconsin, Knight was instrumental in the Big Green picking up their first road win of the season on Friday at Maine, 73-66. The 6-7, 220-pound forward knocked down 5-of-8 field goals and 3-of-5 at the line to produce 13 points in 17 minutes off the bench, plus grabbed four rebounds. All three of his free throws came in the final 32 seconds to help seal the victory.
Earlier in the week, Knight posted 13 points as a reserve once again, this time in 29 minutes of action. The product of James Madison Memorial High School hit 5-of-11 shots from the floor and 3-of-4 free throws while hauling in four boards again as well. Knight added a few more stats to his line with three blocked shots and a steal for good measure in a six-point loss on Dec. 5 at Sacred Heart.
For the week, Knight shot 62.5 percent — slightly below his season mark of 62.7 percent, which ranks 32nd among all Division I players — while averaging 13 points and four rebounds. The freshman leads Dartmouth in scoring (12.9 ppg), field goal percentage and blocked shots (8), and is just one rebound shy of the team lead on the glass (4.6 rpg).
Knight’s teammate, senior Taylor Johnson, was recognized by College Sports Madness as the Ivy League Player of the Week after averaging 24.5 points in the two games while shooting nearly 70 percent from the floor. His career-high 29 points at Maine — 12 coming in the final 4:19 of the game — were a big factor in the Big Green win.
Dartmouth (3-4) returns to action on Friday evening when it heads to the Windy City to play at Illinois-Chicago (3-6) at 8 p.m. (EST). Fans can watch the game online live on ESPN3.
Notes: This is the first Rookie of the Week honor for a Big Green player since the nine awards the team received during the 2015-16 campaign … after playing at UIC on Friday, Dartmouth will conclude a five-game road trip at 18th-ranked Notre Dame (8-2) on Dec. 19 in a game that will be televised on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. (EST).