A Barry Good Finish: Dartmouth Wins on Late Layup

  • Dartmouth's Brendan Barry is closed in on by Loyola's Isiah Hart, left, Cam Gregory, Nevell Provo, and Luke Johnson during their game in Hanover, N.H., on Nov. 28, 2017. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • The Dartmouth men's team gathers before a foul shot during their game with Loyola on Nov. 28, 2017 in Hanover N.H. Dartmouth's Brendan Barry, left, looks towards teammate Will Emery. Ian Sistare was heading to the foul line. Loyola's Cam Gregory, left, Ian Langendoerfer, James Fives, and Chuck Champion look to their bench. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Dartmouth men's basketball coach David McLaughlin watches his team durin a game with Loyola in Hanover, N.H., on Nov. 28, 2017. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hanover — Ragged but rousing: That was the story of the Dartmouth College men’s basketball game on Tuesday against visiting Loyola (Md.).

The Big Green won, 64-63, when guard Brendan Barry drove the right side of the lane from the point and laid in a shot high off the glass with 1.7 seconds remaining for the last of his team-high 14 points.

“I got the ball and looked at the clock and just knew I had to put my head down and go,” said Barry, who slashed into traffic from the top of the key before releasing his shot as he approached the baseline.

“I thought maybe I’d draw a foul, and after I didn’t, I just tried to get the ball on the backboard and hoped it would go in.”

An announced gathering of 472 went home delighted but watched some truly bad basketball during the nonconference contest.

Boxing out appeared to be a lost art, rebounds were batted aloft like beach balls and lengthy shots drew nothing but air. The teams combined for 30 turnovers and made just eight of 40 attempts from 3-point range.

“We escaped,” said second-year Dartmouth coach David McLaughlin, whose squad improved to 2-2. “They spread us out on defense, and we weren’t hitting our early 3s.”

The Big Green trailed, 31-18, with two minutes remaining in the first half. The hosts switched to a zone defense and closed to within 33-26 by intermission.

“We sat back and made them uncomfortable and got two turnovers and made a couple of 3s late,” said McLaughlin, referring to treys by Barry and Miles Wright, who finished with 13 points. “We’re going to be in a lot of dogfights this year.”

Loyola (1-5) faced a long trip home after also losing to UMass-Lowell on a two-game road swing. The Greyhounds led that contest for 32 minutes and played on Tuesday without a pair of starting guards. Chuck Champion scored 26 points during his first game of the season, and Cam Gregory added 22 for the visitors.

There were 11 lead changes during Tuesday’s second half, and neither team led by more than three points during the final 14 minutes. Dartmouth was up, 62-61, with 1 minute, 37 seconds to play, but Gregory sank a pair of free throws to put his team up by one point with 49 seconds remaining.

Barry, unable to find Knight in the paint, missed a 3-point shot with 24 seconds on the clock, and teammate Ian Sistaire fouled Champion. That gave the sophomore a 1-and-1 chance from the free-throw line with 19 seconds left, but he missed the front end and Knight rebounded to set up Barry’s heroics.

Knight scored 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting and grabbed five rebounds during 14 minutes, all after intermission. He sat out the first half because of an issue McLaughlin described as “not discipline, necessarily, but transitioning to college life.”

Aaryn Rai and Taylor Johnson each had eight points, and the latter had five assists for the Big Green.

Dartmouth’s long-running challenge of playing without an accomplished big man looks like it will continue this season. Rail-thin sophomore Will Emery had four points and three rebounds in 23 minutes, and freshman Adrease Jackson had two points and one rebound in eight minutes.

“We cannot jump with people for rebounds,” said McLaughlin, whose program was 7-20 overall and 4-10 in Ivy League play last winter. “We have to get position and box out.”

Dartmouth plays at Canisius, Sacred Heart, Maine, Illinois-Chicago and Notre Dame before its next home game on Dec. 22 against Bryant.

Notes: ESPN reported on Tuesday that former Dartmouth standout Evan Boudreaux, who quit the Big Green shortly before its first game, has visited Purdue and plans to visit Xavier and Colorado. … Dartmouth junior guard Guilien Smith broke a finger against Albany and recently had surgery. He’s out until at least January, McLaughlin said. … The Big Green blocked 49 shots all of last winter. It’s blocked 21 already this season. … Barry, who was lightly recruited by Dartmouth, is distantly related to former NBA star Rick Barry. … Wright scored 11 points during a 3:15 span bridging the first and second halves. … The teams combined for five missed shots and seven turnovers during the first four minutes, after which the hosts led, 3-2. … Jill Koclanes, an athletic department staff member and the wife of women’s basketball coach Belle Koclanes, is reprising her role as color commentator on Big Green online and radio broadcasts this season. … Loyola coach G.G. Smith, the son of longtime college coach Tubby Smith, pulled senior Matt Staubi out of the game immediately after the 5-foot-8 guard missed a whacky reverse-layup attempt on a breakaway. … Children attending the Bryant contest get in for $1 each. That game begins at noon. … Working the statistics crew was former Lebanon High soccer and tennis standout Austin Mansell. The Elmira (N.Y.) College graduate said he’s planning to attend graduate school next year, possibly for sports psychology.

Tris Wykes can be reached at twykes@vnews.com or 603-727-3227.