Tigers Continue Domination of Big Green
Hanover — Princeton utilized its size advantage, scoring 36 points in the paint and grabbing 14 more rebounds than Dartmouth to earn a 73-55 victory over the Big Green last night at Leede Arena. Four of the five Tiger starters scored in double figures, led by Denton Koon with 18. Dartmouth got 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds from center Gabas Maldunas.
Princeton (12-8, 5-1 Ivy) ripped the nets all night, hitting 27-of-48 (.563) from the floor and 8-of-14 (.571) from long range to knock off Dartmouth (6-15, 2-5 Ivy) for the seventh consecutive meeting. Koon was 7-of-12 himself and 2-of-3 on three-pointers while leading scorer Ian Hummer canned 6-of-10 field goals and 2-of-3 at the line for his 14 points to go along with five assists and three of the Tigers’ four steals.
While Maldunas was collecting his 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting and 4-of-6 from the line, the tall Princeton defense was smothering Dartmouth’s leading scorer in freshman Alex Mitola. The 5-11 point guard was held scoreless for the second time this season, missing all seven of his shots on the night, but he did lead the squad with three assists. Sophomore John Golden was on the mark from long distance, however, canning all three of his 3-point attempts for nine points, while freshman Kevin Crescenzi also chipped in nine on 4-of-5 shooting.
The Big Green battled point for point during the first 10 minutes. Princeton led by as many as five in the early going, that coming after a Will Barrett 3-pointer to make it 13-8.
Princeton, n.j. — Niveen Rasheed had 25 points and 12 rebounds as Princeton (15-5, 6-0 Ivy) defeated Dartmouth (6-14, 4-2) to snap the Big Green’s four-game win streak.
Dartmouth’s Nicola Zimmer had a career-high 19 points.
Trailing by 16 points with 2:14 remaining, Zimmer rattled off two 3-pointers to get the score down to 11 points, but that was as close as the Big Green got.
Faziah Steen had 14 points and Abbey Schmitt 10 for Dartmouth, while Tia Dawson pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds, eight in the first half.
Dartmouth 3, Colgate 2
Hamilton, n.y. — Dartmouth (15-7-4, 10-6-3 ECAC) jumped out to a three-goal lead and held off a late surge by Colgate for its third straight win.
Camille Dumais, Ailish Fofar and Jenna Hobeika scored to give the Big Green a 3-0 lead in the second period. Hobeika’s power-play tally was just the second for Dartmouth in a seven game stretch. During that time, the Big Green was 2-for-35 with the man advantage.
The Raiders made a surge midway through the second, tallying two goals in a 3-minute span to cut the Dartmouth lead to 3-2. Three of the last four contests between the teams have been decided by a single goal.
Big Green goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft turned aside 29 shots for her 14th victory of the season.
Win at Middlebury
Middlebury, Vt. — The Dartmouth women’s alpine team came up with its first victory at a carnival this season, winning the slalom yesterday afternoon to help the Big Green finish the first day of the Middlebury Carnival in second place, just 11 points behind Vermont in the overall standings, 454-443.
The men’s Nordic squad also won the 10-kilometer classic with two podium finishes, while the women took second in the 5K Classic and the men’s alpine team placed fourth in the slalom.
Vermont had won all seven women’s downhill races this season and had one skier on the podium in second yesterday. But Dartmouth, led by freshman Sara Kikut, was able to end the Catamount stranglehold. Kikut earned her second podium stop of the year by taking third with two strong runs that totaled 1 minute, 40.69 seconds. Senior Annie Rendall was less than a half-second behind Kikut to claim sixth in 1:41.10, while Kikut’s twin sister, Anna, finished seventh in 1:41.45.
In the men’s 10K classic, Dartmouth senior Sam Tarling won the race by nearly eight full seconds ahead of sophomore teammate Silas Talbot. Tarling trailed Vermont’s Scott Patterson after the first of two laps by just a couple of seconds in third place, with Talbot running in fourth 11 seconds behind Tarling. But the tandem pulled away down the stretch, with Tarling posting a time of 25:36.7 and Talbot at 25:44.3.
Dartmouth junior Annie Hart was the top finisher for the women’s Nordic squad in the 5K classic, just missing out on the podium in fourth with a time of 15:52.9, three-tenths of a second behind Vermont’s Anja Gruber.
Dartmouth tallied 86 points in the men’s slalom with Hunter Black providing the team’s top finish in 11th.
The Middlebury Carnival will conclude today with the giant slalom, the women’s 15K Free and the men’s 20K Free. Tomorrow, the teams will return to the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme to finish the Dartmouth Winter Carnival with the slalom that was postponed because of wind last weekend.