HANOVER, N.H. — For the second time this season, Dartmouth freshman Chris Knight was chosen as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week in men’s basketball as announced by the league office today.
A 6-7, 220-pound forward from Madison, Wisconsin, Knight carried the Big Green to their second Ivy League victory of the season by scoring 10 of the team’s final 12 points in a 66-63 win over Brown at Leede Arena on Saturday night. With Dartmouth trailing by two with less than six minutes to play, the rookie knotted the score with a turnaround jumper in the paint. Two minutes later, he gave the Green a 58-56 lead with a reverse layup, and the next trip down the floor doubled the difference on a pull-up 10-footer with 2:19 to play.
Knight answered a Brown bucket with a quick spin move in the lane to score on a lefty scoop shot for a 62-58 advantage with 1:40 remaining. In the waning seconds with the Big Green clinging to a one-point lead, the Bears got two looks at the basket, misfiring on both, and Knight was there to clean up the glass. He calmly converted his two free throws with 0.6 seconds showing, and Brown could not get off a game-tying attempt to end the game.
Knight finished the game going 7-for-11 from the floor and 4-for-4 at the foul line to collect a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds — both season highs. For the week, he averaged 12.5 points, eight caroms, two assists and two blocks while shooting 47.1 percent overall and 81.8 percent on free throws.
With three blocked shots against the Bears, Knight brought his season total to 23 to lead the team, while his 14 swats in league action rank second only to Harvard’s Chris Lewis. Knight is also one of four Big Green players averaging in double figures this season (10.6 ppg) while shooting 53.9 percent from the floor.
Knight received his other rookie weekly honor back on Dec. 11 for averaging 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds over two games during the previous week.
Senior Miles Wright was included on the league’s weekly honor roll for chipping in 15 points in the win over Brown and tallying a game-high 18 points the previous night in the loss to Yale, drilling seven 3-pointers in the two games combined.
Dartmouth (6-17, 2-8 Ivy) takes its final road trip of the season this weekend when it plays at league co-leader Penn (19-7, 9-1 Ivy) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Princeton (11-14, 3-7 Ivy) on Saturday at 6 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices. Saturday’s game against the Tigers will also be televised by Eleven Sports Network.