|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.478||.498|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.333||.421|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.803||.665|
Back at Home for Christmas
• Dartmouth returns home just in time for Christmas, ending a five-game road trip by hosting Bryant on Friday at noon.
• The Big Green are coming off an impressive showing at Notre Dame in their first appearance on an ESPN TV network in 34 years, knocking down 15 3-pointers and pushing the Fighting Irish to the final minutes in a 97-87 defeat (see all 15 threes).
• Dartmouth shot better than 50 percent from the floor for the fourth time this season after hitting the mark just three times all of last year (game highlights).
• Senior Miles Wright led the five Big Green players that scored in double figures with 15 points thanks to five triples. He now leads the squad with 12.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 14 steals.
• Freshman Aaryn Rai poured in a season-high 14 points with four treys, and classmate Chris Knight also added 14 on 7-of-9 shooting.
Knight, who averages 11.7 ppg, leads Dartmouth in field goal percentage (.603) and field goals (44).
• Sophomore Brendan Barry registered his first career double-double (and first for the Big Green this season) with 10 points and a personal-best 12 assists, the most by any Dartmouth player in nearly 17 years.
• Barry has also drained at least two 3-pointers in each of his last 11 games dating back to last year.
• Sophomore Will Emery pitched in 12 points, one game after scoring 15 at UIC, his first foray into double figures.
• A win in this game would give David McLaughlin 200 as a collegiate head coach with his first 189 coming at Division II Stonehill.
Series vs. Bryant
• These two teams are meeting for the seventh straight year since starting the series in the 2011-12 campaign.
• Dartmouth won the initial encounter, 66-62, and knotted the series at three games apiece with a 75-69 triumph in Smithfield last year.
• Guilien Smith had a career-high 29 points in the win last year with Miles Wright adding 16 as the Big Green gobbled up a season-high 44 rebounds.
• Wright is Dartmouth’s third-leading scorer against Bryant all-time with 37 points, while Smith is tied for fourth with 36.
• Dartmouth is 13-13 all-time against current Northeast Conference schools, including a 79-73 loss at Sacred Heart on Dec. 5.
Scouting the Bulldogs
• Bryant, which has lost seven straight, last won four weeks ago with a 78-73 victory at Hartford.
• Shooting and rebounding have both been issues for the Bulldogs with the team field goal percentage under 40 percent (.395) and the rebound margin at minus-12.2.
• Four players average in double figures, led by Adam Grant at 15.7 ppg, but he was injured against Albany on Dec. 6 and has missed the last three contests.
• Ikenna Ndugba is the Bulldogs’ catalyst at the point, scoring 13.8 ppg while dishing out 5.0 assists a night, not to mention 23 total steals.
• Bryant’s most efficient scorer has been George Costanza’s weakness, Bosko Kostur. The 6-7 wing is shooting better than 50 percent inside and outside the arc, and nearly 90 percent at the line.
• One thing the Bulldogs do well is shoot from outside the arc at 35 percent with Kostur (.525) and Ndugba (.350) both making 21 thus far, and 11 of 13 players have at least one.
• Bryant is also solid at the line at 72.3 percent with Nudgba (77.5 percent) the most frequent visitor.
• Tim O’Shea (Boston College ’84) is in his 10th season at Bryant with a 94-193 record. He took the Bulldogs to their first postseason appearance in the CBI in 2013, and before that guided Ohio for seven years, posting a combined record of 214-288.
Year Five of Ivy League Network
All home games — including this game versus Bryant — and every Ivy League contest (19 in all) — 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. For those listening on the radio, this game will be broadcast on 94.5 ESPN (94.5 FM, 1230 AM, 1400 AM) instead of KOOL FM.
First ESPN Appearance in 34 Years
Prior to the 97-87 loss at Notre Dame on ESPNU on Dec. 19, Dartmouth had only appeared on one of the ESPN family of television networks once, that coming 34 years ago when the Big Green played at top-ranked North Carolina featuring some guy named Michael Jordan. The Tar Heels shot 75 percent from the floor in a 103-58 rout, so Dartmouth acquitted itself a bit better this time around.
Prolific 3-Point Performance
With 15 3-pointers at Notre Dame on Dec. 19, Dartmouth had its most long balls in a single game in 14 years (15 against Tufts), and most ever on the road. Miles Wright led the way with five triples in nine attempts. The last time Dartmouth had 15 or more against a Division I team was almost 16 years ago against Albany (15, Jan. 18, 2002), one year after setting the school record with 18 against Albany.
Double-Double for Double-B
Dartmouth players recorded 15 double-doubles last year, but after eight games were still in search of their first. Enter sophomore Brendan Barry at Notre Dame, who provided 10 points and 12 assists to notch the first double-double of his career. The last player to record a dozen helpers? That would be Flinder Boyd ’02, who had 12 or more six times, the last coming on Jan. 20, 2001 with a school-record 16. That also happened to be the game the Big Green set the program record for 3-pointers with 18, in an 88-76 win over Albany.
More 3-Point Threads
While Miles Wright was ripping off five 3-pointers at Notre Dame, freshman Aaryn Rai continued his efficient stroke from long range, going 4-for-6 from downtown as he recorded his first game in double figures with 14 points. The rookie is now 14-of-26 (.538) from behind the arc this season. And sophomore Ian Sistare, who entered the game 6-for-42 from deep, drilled all three of his trifecta tries for a season-high nine points, not to mention dishing out a career-best four assists.
50 Percent Threshold
By hitting 32-of-63 shots at Notre Dame on Dec. 19, Dartmouth broke the 50 percent barrier for the fourth time this year after reaching that mark only three times in each of the last three seasons. The last time the Big Green hit at least half of their shots at least four times in one season was the 2013-14 campaign (7).
Barry-ing the Three
Sophomore Brendan Barry has a reliable outside threat throughout his young Dartmouth career, even with an increased volume this year. Last year he hit 25-of-55 (.455), and he has nearly matched those numbers exactly one-third of the way through the season at 23-of-51 (.451) thus far, which puts him among the top 50 nationally. And in each of the last 11 games (going back to last year), Barry has provided at least two triples, the second-longest such streak of the last 20 years (Alex Mitola ’16 had 13 straight over the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons).
Of the 32 field goals Dartmouth recorded against Notre Dame, 24 featured assists, the most Big Green helpers against a Division I team since that Albany game on Jan. 20, 2001 (29). Dartmouth also had 24 against Colgate just three days prior. In the last 20 years, the Green have not lost a game in which they had at least 21 assists (15-0).
Five for 10 or More
In the 97-87 loss at Notre Dame, five Dartmouth players scored in double figures, led by Miles Wright’s 15 points. The last time the Big Green had at least five players produce at least 10 points in a game was in an 84-83 overtime loss at Brown on Feb. 26, 2016. The last time it happened in regulation against a Division I opponent came 364 days earlier in an 84-71 road win at Columbia.
900 and Counting
With those five 3-pointers at Notre Dame, senior Miles Wright boosted his career scoring total to 908, and now has his sights set on becoming the 29th player in program history with 1,000 in a career. To reach the milestone, he merely has to average 5.1 points a game for the remainder of the regularly scheduled season.