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Big Green Declaws Cats

Durham, n.h. — A 12-0 run early in the second half propelled the Dartmouth College men’s basketball team to a 62-48 victory over New Hampshire on Wednesday night in Lundholm Gymnasium.

Senior Tyler Melville led a trio of Dartmouth players in double figures with a season-high 17 points, while junior Gabas Maldunas produced his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Big Green (5-4) ended a five-game skid against the Wildcats (2-8), who suffered their eighth straight loss.

Melville connected on half of his shots inside and outside the arc (5-of-10 overall, 3-of-6 on 3-pointers) and played 31 minutes despite foul trouble in both halves. Maldunas was a force at both ends of the court, hitting on 6-of-12 field goals, while grabbing 10 of his 13 rebounds at the defensive end and blocking four shots. Sophomore Connor Boehm, the Ivy League’s leader in field goal percentage, knocked down 6-of-10 from the floor as he tallied 14 points and added nine rebounds. Junior John Golden chipped in a career-high six assists.

Dartmouth began the second half with a two-point lead, 27-25, but New Hampshire’s Patrick Konan — who finished the game with 12 points — provided a three-point play to give the host Wildcats their first lead since the opening minutes of the game. That lead lasted less than 30 seconds as sophomore Alex Mitola tossed in 3-pointer, igniting the 12-point run.

Boehm sank two free throws before Melville cranked one of his three 3-pointers on the night, leading UNH to call a timeout. Once back on the floor, Maldunas and Boehm hit consecutive layups to give the Green their first double-digit advantage at 39-28.

When the Wildcats finally broke the string on a Konan 3-pointer, Mitola again answered with a trifecta of his own with 13:55 left on the clock. The Dartmouth lead didn’t fall below 10 again.

Frank Okeke led New Hampshire with 13 points.

Dartmouth returns to Hanover this weekend to host Longwood (5-7) on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Wildcats play again on Sunday when they travel to Rhode Island to take on the Rams at 2 p.m.

Notes: The victory knotted the all-time series at 32-32. … The two have met every year on the hardwood for the last 44 years.