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Matinee Idols: Big Green on All Cylinders in Afternoon Victory

  • Will Emery, of Dartmouth, center, struggles to regain control of the ball inside a scrum of Bryant players at Leede Arena in Hanover, N.H., Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Clockwise from top right are Gus Riley, Tanner Johnson, Ikenna Ndugba, and Brandon Carroll, of Bryant. Dartmouth won 75 - 58. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Dartmouth Head Coach David McLaughlin watches from the sideline as Ian Sistare, of Dartmouth, right, makes a move toward the basket under pressure from Ikenna Ndugba, of Bryant, at Leede Arena in Hanover, N.H., Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Dartmouth won 75 - 58. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Aaryn Rai, of Dartmouth, left, looks for a teammate to pass to as Bosko Kostur, front right, and Gus Riley, back right, of Bryant, close off his options during their game at Leede Arena in Hanvoer, N.H., Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Dartmouth won 75 - 58. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Friday, December 22, 2017

Hanover — Sophomore Brendan Barry had a career-high 25 points on the strength of five 3-pointers as the Dartmouth College men’s basketball team defeated Bryant, 75-58, on Friday afternoon at Leede Arena.

The Big Green (4-6) shot 50 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Bulldogs (1-12), 45-29, in handing Bryant its eighth straight loss and giving head coach David McLaughlin his 200th career victory as a collegiate head coach.

Barry, who entered the game second in the Ivy League in 3-point percentage, was 5-for-9 from long range and 8-for-13 overall in topping 20 points for the first time in his career.

Senior Taylor Johnson was 6-of-7 from the floor as he added 14 points, and freshman Chris Knight chipped in 10 to hit double figures for the eighth time in his 10-game collegiate career. The Big Green drilled 10 of 24 (.417) 3-pointers was a team and hit double digits behind the arc for the second straight game.

“Brendan made some great reads on some screens, and he’s good enough to get his shot off, so when he got in the zone we called his number the next few times down the floor,” head coach David McLaughlin said after the game. “Then when defenders start closing tight on him, he is getting better at reading that and making the extra pass as his assists totals (team-high five on Friday) show over the past couple of games.”

A pair of Big Green players posted career highs in rebounds, as senior Miles Wright hauled in 13 and sophomore Will Emery 12 more. The Dartmouth defense held Bryant to just 32.8 percent shooting (21-of-64) and 26.5 percent (9-of-34) from behind the arc.

Thanks to a 13-point run, the Big Green jumped out to an early 15-3 lead, capped by three straight 3-pointers by Barry, freshman Aaryn Rai and Wright. But an 11-0 Bryant burst, fueled by Tanner Johnson making three consecutive triples, quickly brought the Bulldogs back within one at 15-14.

With the lead still only two, 22-20, with 7:26 until the intermission, Dartmouth ripped off 12 straight points, starting with trifectas from Taylor Johnson and Barry. After Bosko Kostur knocked down a trey in the final minute of the half, Knight answered at the buzzer with a baseline jumper to give the Green a 36-24 advantage at the break.

“We did a very good job protecting the rim in the first half,” McLaughlin said, “and although they made four straight 3s early, we withstood that run and made one of our own. We knew they would make a run in the second half, and maybe two, and our guys did a good job of sustaining our own run in response.”

Dartmouth kept the Bulldogs at arm’s length for the first eight minutes of the second half, boosting its lead to as many as 16 in that stretch when sophomore Ian Sistare drove through the defense for a layup to make it a 53-37 game.

But that Bryant run came as McLaughlin predicted, scoring 13 of the next 15 points with a little help from four of the 18 Big Green turnovers on the afternoon. Brandon Carroll, who led the Bulldogs with 16 points, turned one of his four steals into a show-stopping windmill dunk to cap the outburst that cut the deficit to five at 55-50 with 9:20 to play, leading to a Dartmouth timeout.

A minute later, Tanner Johnson popped his fifth triple of the game to close the gap to four. But after the two sides traded buckets and Sistare converted a pair of foul shots, Barry ignited the crowd of 647 brave souls who shook off the snowstorm, draining back-to-back 3-pointers to quickly double the lead at 67-55 with five minutes to go. Over the final seven minutes, Dartmouth outscored Bryant, 16-3, to seal the victory.

The Bulldogs’ Johnson added 15 points on his five treys and Ikenna Ndugba with an even 10 to go with seven rebounds, matching Gus Riley off the bench for the team lead.

Notes: Dartmouth had not had 10 or more 3-pointers in consecutive games in six years … the 25 3-pointers over its last two contests are the most for the Big Green since collecting 26 against Albany and Hartford in January 2002 … the school record is 27 in back-to-back games against the Great Danes the year prior … the 17-point win was the largest for Dartmouth against a Division I opponent for McLaughlin, now in his second season at the helm … 189 of his 200 victories came at Division II Stonehill.