HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth senior Miles Wright had 18 points with four 3-pointers and sophomore Will Emery added 15, but Yale led by as many as 25 in the second half before settling for a 77-65 victory over the Big Green on Friday night at Leede Arena. Blake Reynolds led the Bulldogs (12-13, 5-4 Ivy) with 17 points with four of their dozen triples, while Dartmouth fell to 5-17 on the season and 1-8 in Ivy play.
While the turnover totals were similar on the night, Yale took advantage of nearly every miscue by the Big Green, turning 13 turnovers into 20 points. The Bulldogs also shot 46.7 percent (28-of-60) on the night with 21 assists, and more than half of their shots came from behind the arc (12-of-33, .364) as they defeated Dartmouth for the sixth straight meeting.
The Big Green finished the night hitting 22-of-50 (.440) from the floor and 7-of-20 (.350) from the arc, but just 14-of-23 (.609) at the line after shooting 88 percent from the charity stripe in two games last weekend.
Both teams came out gunning as Dartmouth hit its first four shots — three behind the arc — and Yale knocked down five of its first six for a slim 12-11 advantage four minutes into the game.
Over the next two minutes, Wright popped his third trifecta of the game, converted the second of two free throws and drained a baseline jumper to put the Big Green on top, 17-12. After the Bulldogs ripped off five straight points to tie the game, Emery laid in a bucket off a nifty move in the post for what turned out to be the last Dartmouth lead of the night at 19-17.
Yale proceeded to embark on a 12-0 run, starting with Reynolds’ third trey of the game and capped by Paul Atkinson under the basket for two of his 13 points. Emery completed the bookends on the run with a layup giving him nine points up to that point with Wright providing the other 12 for the Big Green. Senior Taylor Johnson finally gave Dartmouth a third player in the points column with a reverse layup off the break to close the gap to 28-23.
But the Big Green managed just six points over the last eight minutes of the first half as the Bulldogs extended their lead to 12 when the buzzer sounded, 41-29, highlighted by a pair of dunks by Miye Oni, who had 15 points on the night.
In the second half, neither team could get much offense going early, but Yale was up by 15 after nearly five minutes when Azar Swain hit back-to-back 3-pointers for the visitors. When Noah Yates hit his second long ball of the game two minutes later, Yale had built up a 21-point bulge at 57-36.
Twice Dartmouth whittled the deficit back to 15, first on Wright’s fourth and final long ball, and again on an Emery dunk. But the Bulldog 3-pointers kept coming, first by Reynolds, then Alex Copeland and finally two more by Oni on consecutive possessions to make it a 75-50 Yale lead with 5:40 to play.
Both teams went to the bench for the final few minutes, allowing Dartmouth to cut the difference in half, but to no avail.
“We got off to a good start offensively, but when a couple shots didn’t fall, we started to take some quick shots when we would have been better served making an extra pass to get a better look,” Big Green head coach David McLaughlin said after the game. “Yale is long and athletic, and they did a great job defensively in the post in one-on-one situations, which in turn led to some difficult shots. And they are such a good transition team that when we turned the ball over, they made us pay just about every time.”
The Big Green will try to bounce back when they host Brown (11-11, 4-5 Ivy) on Saturday night at Leede Arena at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices, and broadcast over the airwaves on KOOL FM and at koolnh.com with Brett Franklin and Jill Koclanes calling the action. Yale travels to the Ivy co-leader in Harvard (13-11, 8-1 Ivy) for a game that tips at 9:30 p.m.
Notes: The 12-point margin at the end of the game was the largest in a Dartmouth loss in Ivy play this season, as was the 25-point margin at any point of a game … the Big Green have not led or tied an Ivy game in the final five minutes of just two of their nine Ivy League games this year, both against Yale … freshman Chris Knight led all players with eight rebounds, his second straight game setting a new season high on the glass.