Dartmouth Men Overpower Cornell
Hanover — Dartmouth sophomore Gabas Maldunas scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Big Green men’s basketball team to a 76-62 victory over visiting Cornell last night at Leede Arena. Joining him in double figures were freshman Alex Mitola with 15 points and junior Tyler Melville with 13 as Dartmouth (8-19, 4-9 Ivy) won for the second time in the last three games.
Errick Peck nearly matched Maldunas with 26 points for Cornell (13-17, 5-8 Ivy), but the Big Red shot less than 40 percent from the floor (21-of-53) to drop its fifth straight contest. Dartmouth, meanwhile, enjoyed its finest shooting night against a Division I team this season, knocking down 25-of-48 shots (.521).
While Maldunas was hitting 9-of-14 from the floor and 10-of-12 at the line to score his 28 points, he was also working hard at the defensive end with a game-high eight rebounds and four blocks. Mitola scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half with all four of his three-pointers, and Melville was a perfect 4-of-4 on field goals and 5-of-6 on free throws, plus dished out a game-high five assists.
Maldunas asserted himself from the get-go, scoring 10 of the Big Green’s first 12 points with four buckets in the paint and a pair of foul shots. But Dartmouth never trailed in the first half, Cornell would not let the Green pull ahead by more than six points in the first 20 minutes of action.
Following a 12-footer by freshman Connor Boehm to give Dartmouth a 16-11 lead, the Big Red scored five straight points to tie the score at 16. But Maldunas immediately converted two free throws, then dished to freshman Brendan McDonnell for an easy layup the next trip down the floor for a four-point edge with 7:15 left in the stanza. The Big Green lead hovered between one and four points the rest of the half, and settled at 27-26 when Peck turned a Dartmouth miss in the final seconds into a fast-break layup.
The statistics at the break were about as even as the score with Dartmouth shooting slightly better at 45.5 percent to 37.5 percent, and rebounding slightly better (14-13), but with one more turnover (7-6). Both teams sank seven free throws and Cornell had the lone 3-pointer.
For the third straight game, Dartmouth converted at least 84 percent of its free throws, draining 22-of-26 (.846). The Big Green maintained that one-rebound edge on the glass when the horn sounded, 28-27, but dished out 15 assists on the night, matching a season high against a Division I squad.
Cornell 60, Dartmouth 48
Itacha, n.y. — Allyson DiMango scored 19 points as Cornell (13-14, 7-8 Ivy League) defeated Dartmouth (6-21, 4-9).
Abbey Schmitt and Nicola Zimmer led the Dartmouth (offense with 11 points each, while Tia Dawson had a team-best seven rebounds. Taylor Flynn added 18 points for the Big Red.
The Big Green had a tough night from the floor, shooting 35.0 percent (21-of-60), but out-rebounded Cornell, 42-34.
With a six-point lead, 49-43, Cornell closed the game with an 11-5 burst to earn the victory and the season sweep.
Offense was hard to come by for both teams early and the game 6-5 at the first media timeout. The Big Red came out hot after the timeout and used a 6-2 burst to pull ahead, 12-7 early.
The Big Green rode eight unanswered points, seven from post players Dawson and Lakin Roland, to take a 13-12 at the 11:06 mark.
Despite taking the lead, Dartmouth went cold from the floor for a span of eight minutes. Cornell capitalized and ran out to a 26-15 lead, utilizing a 14-2 run midway though the half.
The Big Green closes out the season tonight at Columbia.