|DARTMOUTH BIG GREEN
|vs.||NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDCATS
|LEEDE ARENA • HANOVER, N.H. • Dec. 31, 2016 • 2 p.m.|
|DARTMOUTH NOTES||ILDN VIDEO
||AUDIO||LIVE STATS||UNH NOTES|
|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.464||.417|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.342||.354|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.681||.587|
In-State Rivalry Showdown
• Playing its first game at home in three weeks, Dartmouth welcomes cross-state rival New Hampshire to Leede Arena to ring in the new year.
The Big Green are trending up having won two straight since dropping their first nine games of the season.
• Nine days ago, Dartmouth traveled to Bryant and returned with a 75-69 victory as Guilien Smith set career highs with 29 points and five three-pointers.
Miles Wright, who shot just 31.3 percent from the floor during the season-opening skid, has found his form in the two wins, hitting 51.6 percent while averaging 20.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg.
• While Evan Boudreaux, the Ivy League’s second leading scorer, struggled with his shot in the victories, he did hand out a total of six assists to match point guard Mike Fleming for the team lead, which was two more than he had in the first nine contests.
• Freshman Ian Sistare became the eighth player to reach double figures in a game this year with 10 points off the bench at Bryant.
• Boudreaux did have a team-high nine rebounds, leading a strong effort on the glass that produced 44 caroms. Since the 2014-15 season opener, Dartmouth has won eight straight games when collecting at least 40 boards.
Series vs. New Hampshire
• The only two Division I schools in the state of New Hampshire have met 66 times on the hardwood with the Wildcats holding a slight edge, 34-32.
• UNH took the lead in the series two years ago thanks to a thrilling 65-63 victory in Hanover, then handed Dartmouth its worst loss of the 2015-16 season in Durham last year, 76-56.
• In that 20-point game last year, Tanner Leissner had 19 points while Ronnel Jordan added 17 to lead the Wildcats.
• This is the 47th consecutive year these two have squared off. Since the calendar changed to 2000, the Wildcats have won 12 of the 16 meetings.
• The Big Green are 8-8 against UNH at Leede Arena but have lost seven of the last eight. The last win in Hanover came on Dec. 11, 2004.
Scouting the Wildcats
• New Hampshire, which won 39 games over the previous two seasons, is off to another good start and has won four of its last five.
• The best Wildcat win of the season was a 57-52 affair at Temple back on Nov. 14.
• Senior guard Jaleen Smith does a bit of everything for UNH, leading the team with 16.1 ppg, 51 assists, 40 blocks and 13 steals, plus hauls in 7.6 rpg.
• Smith is the Wildcats’ most accurate outside shooter at 46.9 percent (23-of-49), but Daniel Dion is the most prolific with 35 triples at a 39.3 percent clip.
• Big Green fans surely remember Tanner Leissner after he put up 19 points in last year’s meeting. The 6-7 forward averages 15.7 ppg with nearly a third of his points coming at the foul line, as well as a team-high 8.4 rpg.
• UNH features another top rebounder in Iba Camara with his average of 8.1, and he also has shot 55.9 percent while scoring 7.6 ppg.
• As a team, the Wildcats are shooting 74.1 percent at the charity stripe, while their opponents have shot a woeful 58.7 percent.
• Bill Herrion is in his 12th season at UNH, sporting a 145-198 record with the Wildcats. He also coached Drexel to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances in eight seasons and helmed East Carolina for six years, giving him a mark of 382-367 in his career.
Game on ILDN
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Road Success with Bryant
For the fourth straight year, the road team won the game between Dartmouth and Bryant as the Big Green pulled out a 75-69 triumph in Smithfield on Dec. 22. The victory gave Dartmouth two straight road wins against non-conference foes. The last time the Green won two consecutive road games came on Feb. 27-28 at Columbia and Cornell. But the last time Dartmouth beat non-conference teams in consecutive road contests was just over 20 years ago in 1996 when it defeated Holy Cross on Dec. 4 (83-55) and Navy on Dec. 21 (77-63). Yes, there were two games between those wins, but one was an Ivy League game, the other was a home non-conference game (both of which were also wins).
If you want to know the last time the Big Green won two straight games that both happened to be on the road at non-conference opponents, well, that takes us back to Nov. 30 and Dec. 16, 1989 — 79-77 at UNH in double overtime, and 77-71 at Maine.
Getting Guilien With It
After averaging 11.4 points a game for the first 10 contests this year, Guilien Smith poured in a career-high 29 points at Bryant on Dec. 22. By halftime, he had matched his previous best total of 21 points set at Longwood on Nov. 28. The sophomore also set personal highs in field goals (10), FG attempts (18), three-pointers (5) and 3FG attempts (9). And his 29 points were the most by a Big Green player since Miles Wright tied a Leede Arena record with 39 points against LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 29, 2015.
Need Four with 10 or More
Joining Guilien Smith in double figures at Bryant were three others — Miles Wright (16), Evan Boudreaux (14) and Ian Sistare (10). It marked the second straight game Dartmouth had four players score in double figures. Probably not coincidentally, the Big Green won both games and have lost the other nine when not getting four with 10-plus points.
Dartmouth collected a season-high 44 rebounds in the 75-69 win at Bryant, led by Evan Boudreaux with nine, the 10th time in 11 games he has at least shared the team lead. When the Big Green haul in at least 44 caroms, they have not surprisingly enjoyed a bit of success. Since the start of the 1997-98 campaign, Dartmouth is 15-3 when snaring at least that many. In that same time span, its opponents are 51-6 when hauling in at least 44.
The rebounding at Bryant has been part of a trend lately as Dartmouth has outrebounded its opponent in four of the last seven games. First the Green had 33 caroms at Boston College, which managed just 27, then a three weeks ago had 39 boards compared to 34 for Maine, followed by a 36-21 advantage at Hartford. Last year Dartmouth had seven games in which it had at least 10 more rebounds than its opponent. Now, for the first time this season, the Green have a positive rebound margin. So what if it’s plus-0.1? It’s still positive …
Turning Around the Turnovers
Turnovers were proving to be a big problem during the nine-game losing streak to start the season as Dartmouth averaged 16 per game and only once had less than 12. But in the two wins since then, the Big Green have gotten a “handle” on the problem with just 18 total miscues, including a season-low seven at Bryant.