Dartmouth Drops 3rd Straight Game
Boston — Harvard’s Brandyn Curry scored all 17 of his points in the second half to lift the Crimson to a 61-45 victory over the Dartmouth College men’s basketball team at Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. Harvard improved to 14-2 in the Ivy League opener for both teams, while the visiting Big Green (7-7) dropped its third straight.
Harvard, playing without leading scorer Wesley Saunders, was led by Curry, who hit 7-of-13 field goals with a 3-pointer, grabbed a team-high six rebounds and dished out a game-high six assists. Forward Steve Moundou-Missi added 16 as he went a perfect 8-of-8 at the foul line.
Dartmouth junior center Gabas Maldunas poured in a season-high 23 points. He was 9-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-6 at the line in providing more than half of Dartmouth’s points. Like Curry, he led the Big Green in rebounds (6) and assists (3). The Crimson defense held Dartmouth to only six field goals in the second half and 37.8 percent shooting for the game, including a season-low two three-pointers. The Big Green also failed to crack 50 points for the first time this season.
Trailing by just three at the break, 30-27, Dartmouth quickly knotted the score when Maldunas sank a free throw and sophomore Connor Boehm knocked down a baseline jumper less than a minute into the half. But Harvard never allowed the Green to take the lead even once, rattling off 16 of the next 18 points to take control of the game.
The Crimson got three consecutive layups, two by Curry and another by Steve Moundou-Missi, to reclaim the lead at 36-30. Maldunas barely stemmed the tide with a pair of free throws, which were matched by Curry, who followed that up with another bucket. After Moundou-Missi sank two foul shots, Siyani Chambers popped a long jumper and Agunwa Okolie stole a Big Green pass and went down the court for the slam and a 46-32 lead.
Maldunas put an end to the run with a basket in the paint — the first Dartmouth field goal in eight minutes — but the damage was done. The Big Green only once came within even 11 points at 52-41 after a 3-pointer by sophomore Alex Mitola with 5:25 to play. Curry answered with a triple of his own, and the two teams traded two points for the remainder of the game.
Maldunas had 14 points at the break, which was countered by Moundou-Missi’s 10 and Evan Cummins off the bench with eight. The Big Green outshot Harvard in the first half, 44 percent compared with 39.1 percent, but the Crimson had the advantage at the charity stripe, converting 11-of-16 foul shots to just 4-of-4 for Dartmouth.
By the end of the game, Harvard had turned the tables thanks to 11-of-20 (.550) shooting in the second half to finish the day at 44.4 percent (20-of-45). Although the Big Green won the battle of the boards, 32-25, its season-high 18 turnovers undermined their efforts to pull off the upset on the road.
The Dartmouth defense did a fine job in bottling up Chambers, who had just seven points, about five below his season average, and Harvard’s all-time three-point shooter in Laurent Rivard, who failed to score.
Next up for the Big Green is its final non-conference game of the season next Saturday at St. John’s against the Red Storm, which will be televised by Fox Sports 1.
Colby-Sawyer 85 Thomas 73
New London — Zach Bean scored 20 points as Colby-Sawyer (6-6, 5-1 NAC) defeated Thomas (3-8, 3-3).
Bean went 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Teammate Mike Dias added 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting off the bench, and Koang Thok had 12 points.
The Chargers travel to Husson on Friday for a 5:30 p.m. tip.
Colby-Sawyer 83 Thomas 35
New London — Jessica Shenkel scored a career-high 21 points to help lift Colby-Sawyer (6-6, 5-1 NAC) over Thomas (2-9, 2-4).
Teammate Kelsey Cahill added 14 points, and Ashley Fruzzetti converted four 3-pointers for 12 points. Katie McCarthy recorded a career-high eight assists.
Dartmouth 3, Brown 3 (ot)
Hanover — Dartmouth skated to its first tie of the season in ECAC Hockey action at Thompson Arena.
After erasing a one-goal deficit early in the third period, Dartmouth 4-12-1, 3-7-1 ECAC) ran its unbeaten streak versus Brown (1-12-4, 0-8-2) to 15 games.
Another close contest for the Big Green saw three lead changes as eight of Dartmouth’s last 10 games have been decided by a goal or less.
Kennedy Ottenbreit, Mackenzie St. Onge and Lindsey Allen scored for the Big Green, while Allen, Olivia Whitford, Catherine Berghuis and Sam Zeiss assisted.
Dartmouth goalie Lindsay Holdcroft made 25 saves, while Brown counterpart Aubree Moore made 38 stops.
Stowe, Vt. — The warm and rainy weather that invaded the Northeast overnight caused the cancellation of the slalom on the second day of competition at the Vermont Carnival. Host Vermont sits atop the leaderboard after scoring 234 points in the giant slalom on Friday, while Dartmouth is just 15 points behind in second.
The Nordic events are still on tap, which are scheduled for Feb. 1-2 because of the U.S. Cross Country Championships that were held at Soldier Hollow, Utah, last week.