Jan. 8, 2013
Dartmouth 75, Army 58
HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth (3-10) knocked down 10 three-pointers, including five during a decisive first-half run, en route to a 75-58 victory over Army (7-8) Tuesday night at Leede Arena. Army’s offense converted just 35.8 percent of its field goal tries, including a 6-for-20 (.300) mark from three-point range.
Senior Ella Ellis led the Black Knights with 15 points, including an 8-for-8 showing at the free throw line. He moved into 13th place on Army’s all-time scoring list with 1,297 points. Freshman Kevin Ferguson led Army with a career-high seven rebounds and blocked a career-best three shots. Rookie Dylan Cox handed out four assists.
Dartmouth had five players in double figures led by Gabas Maldunas and John Golden with 13 each. Connor Boehm and Alex Mitola each scored 11, and Tyler Melville added 10 markers off the bench. Jvonte Brooks snagged a game-high 12 rebounds to help the Big Green to a 44-27 rebounding advantage. Dartmouth shot 44.9 percent for the game and 52.6 percent (10-19) from behind the three-point line. The Big Green’s 10 three-pointers were nearly double their season average.
Neither team started well offensively, combining to make just three of the game’s first 23 shot attempts. Dartmouth led 9-5 before Toth drilled his second three-pointer of the game to cut Army’s deficit to just one with 11:46 remaining in the half. Melville answered with a three-pointer, but Toomey knocked down a pair of triples and Cox converted a steal into a layup to cap an 8-2 Army run that put the Black Knights on top 16-14 with 9:22 on the first-half clock.
The Big Green answered with four straight to regain a two-point lead before Ferguson’s tip-in tied the game at 18-18 with 6:24 left. Maldunas scored the last of his three straight baskets to tip the favor back to Dartmouth, but a pair of free throws by Ellis accounted for the sixth tie of the first half.
Dartmouth went to work from behind the three-point line, scoring their last five field goals from deep during a 17-6 run that built a 37-26 lead with 51 seconds left. Toth scored the final basket of the half on a backdoor layup to send Army into the locker room down 37-28.
Ellis and Toth both scored eight for the Black Knights, while Mitola and Melville had eight each for the Big Green. Army shot 8-for-29 (.276) in the opening period, while Dartmouth was 12-for-29 (.414). Seven of the Big Green’s 12 field goals were three-pointers (7-13).
The Big Green went inside to start the second half, scoring 12 of the first 17 points to take a 49-33 lead with 15:02 left. Maldunas scored six of those in the paint, and added a free throw. Boehm capped the run with a three-pointer.
Army whittled the lead down to nine points thanks to a 12-5 run that included five points by Andrew Stire, but the Big Green countered with a 16-2 spurt that pushed their lead to 70-47 following a three-pointer by Mitola. Dartmouth led by as many as 25 points before the Black Knights closed the game on an 8-0 run to set the final margin.
The Black Knights start conference play on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Bucknell. Tip-off at Sojka Pavilion is set for 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Army used the starting five of Dylan Cox, Kyle Toth, Ella Ellis, Larry Toomey and Jordan Springer for the ninth consecutive game … … Dartmouth’s last two wins against Army have come in Hanover … Army turned the ball over a season-low nine times, marking the second straight game the Black Knights posted a season-low turnover total … Reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week Kyle Wilson’s seven-point second half ran his streak of games to start his career with at least six points to 15 … Ella Ellis ran his season blocked shot total to 19, already the seventh best total on the Army single-season ledger … freshmen continue to contribute more than half of Army’s offense, scoring a total of 33 points Tuesday … the Black Knights’ group of plebes entered Tuesday, accounting for 50.7 percent of their points.