HANOVER, N.H. — The good news for Dartmouth was that it put up a season-high 86 points against the Yale Bulldogs on Saturday night. Unfortunately for the Big Green, Yale (15-10, 7-5 Ivy) was able to snap out of an offensive funk by dropping 99 points on Dartmouth (6-19, 3-9 Ivy) to snap a four-game slide and spoil Senior Night at Leede Arena.
Miye Oni collected 27 points — 20 in the second half — while Alex Copeland tallied 23 off the bench to lead the Bulldogs as the two combined to knock down 16-of-26 shots and 14-of-16 at the foul line. Three other starters reached double figures, led by Anthony Dallier with 17 as he and Oni both hit four three-pointers, leading Yale to an 11-of-22 performance behind the arc and a 32-of-56 night (.571) overall from the floor.
Sophomore Evan Boudreaux matched Oni with 27 points to equal a career high, plus snared a game-high 12 rebounds to record his league-leading 14th double-double of the year. The 6-8 forward drilled 10-of-18 field goals with a pair of triples and all five free throws as the Big Green converted 18-of-20 (.900) at the charity stripe. Junior Taylor Johnson came off the bench to contribute 15 points on 3-of-4 from long range, and classmate Miles Wright chipped in 10.
Yale led for nearly 38 of the 40 minutes, but Dartmouth gave the Bulldogs a scare when it overcame a six-point deficit in one possession early in the second half. Wright converted a three-point play, but Trey Phills was assessed a dead-ball technical foul as well, sending Johnson to the line as well for two free throws. The Big Green retained possession and went to Boudreaux down low, where the forward dropped a short hook through for a 58-57 lead with 15:45 to play.
A little over a minute later, Yale regained the lead when Oni laid in a basket after a Dartmouth turnover, then Copeland did the same, this time on the fast break. The Bulldogs stretched their advantage back to eight, 73-65, on a six-point run fueled by an Oni three-pointer, but freshman Brendan Barry stemmed the tide with a trifecta. That began an 11-4 spurt for the Green with Boudreaux and senior Mike Fleming each contributing a pair of buckets to the run, closing the gap to one again at 77-76 with just over seven minutes to go.
But the Yale defense put the clamps on, holding Dartmouth scoreless for over four minutes. And over the final five and a half minutes of the game, the Bulldogs missed just one shot — a free throw — going 5-of-5 from the floor with two Oni three-pointers and 10-of-11 at the line, scoring on each of their final 10 possessions.
Johnson finally ended as 12-0 Yale run with a 25-footer and 2:29 to play, but the Big Green would not get closer than eight points.
The scoring was even more pronounced in the first half as the Bulldogs built up a 52-44 advantage as Dallier and Blake Reynolds each put up 13 points. Dartmouth trailed for all but 16 seconds in the stanza when it was 4-3, but the Bulldogs never jumped ahead by more than 10.
Yale took advantage of many of the 14 Big Green turnovers on the night, converting those opportunities into 22 points, outscoring Dartmouth in the department by the difference in the final score, 13 points.
With Columbia’s victory over Penn this evening, the Big Green are still mathematically alive for the fourth and final spot at the inaugural Ivy League Tournament. Should Dartmouth knock off Penn and Princeton on the road — something it has done only one time (2009) since the conference first started formal play in 1956-57 — and both the Lions and Quakers lose both games, and Cornell beats Brown but loses to Yale, the Green would be in a three-way tie for fourth with Penn and Columbia. Dartmouth owns the tie breaker in that scenario.
The Big Green start next weekend at Penn (12-13, 5-7 Ivy) on Friday night at 7 p.m. Yale will host Cornell (7-20, 3-9 Ivy) on Friday at 7 p.m. as well.
Notes: Boudreaux has the most double-doubles of any Big Green player of the last 50 years with his 14 this season. Individual game-by-game rebounds are not available prior to 1968-69 … the last team to score 100 points against Dartmouth was Brown, one day shy of six years prior, and the last team to do so on the Big Green’s home court was eighth-ranked Virginia in December of 2000 ... Dartmouth recognized the five seniors on the roster — Dickinson, Fleming, Ike Ngwudo, Cole Harrison and Quinten Payne — following the game. Dickinson collected a career-high nine rebounds on the night to go with nine points.