Not dead yet: Big Green’s path to Ivy playoff intact

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Published: 2/26/2022 9:21:07 PM
Modified: 2/26/2022 9:21:01 PM

HANOVER — Aaryn Rai had a career-high 27 points plus 11 rebounds in his final home game as Dartmouth kept its faint Ivy League tournament hopes alive by beating Penn, 84-70, on Saturday at Leede Arena.

Taurus Samuels had 15 points for Dartmouth (8-16, 5-8 Ivy League). Brendan Barry added 14 points and seven assists. Dame Adelekun had 11 points and nine rebounds.

The Big Green’s five seniors all had key roles in the win. In addition to the points provided by Rai, Samuels and Barry, Garrison Wade contributed 10 points and Wes Slajchert hit an important three-pointer late in the contest.

Clark Slajchert — Wes’ younger brother — had 18 points for the Quakers (12-14, 9-4), who played without leading scorer Jordan Dingle. Jonah Charles added 14 points. Bryce Washington had 13 points.

Rai was an efficient 11-for-15 from the floor with a season -high three three-pointers.

“It was very poetic that all five seniors had great moments in the game and collectively had great games,” said Dartmouth head coach David McLaughlin in a news release. “I was very happy for them to have those moments at home in front of their families and friends. And Aaryn was terrific, moving the ball well, looking for his shot.”

Cornell’s win over Yale left the Big Green with a narrow path to make the four-team Ivy postseason tourney. To start, Harvard has to beat Princeton on Sunday in Cambridge, Mass.

Should that happen, the final day of games on March 5 has to have Dartmouth win at Harvard, Penn beat Princeton at the Palestra, Brown win at Yale and Columbia best Cornell in New York City. If any one of those games end differently, the Big Green’s season will end next Saturday.

Cornell 71, Yale 65

ITHACA, N.Y. — Jordan Jones and Guy Ragland Jr. scored 11 points apiece to lead Cornell past Yale to boost the Big Red’s Ivy tourney hopes.

Greg Dolan added 10 points for the Big Red (14-10, 6-7 Ivy League). Dean Noll had six steals.

Jalen Gabbidon had 15 points for the Bulldogs (16-11, 10-3). Azar Swain added 13 points and Yussif Basa-Ama grabbed eight rebounds.

UNH 66, Binghamton 62

DURHAM, N.H. — Nick Guadarrama had 16 points and seven rebounds as New Hampshire narrowly beat Binghamton.

Marco Foster had 14 points and six rebounds for New Hampshire (14-12, 9-8 America East Conference). Blondeau Tchoukuiegno added 13 points and six rebounds. Jayden Martinez had 10 points.

Christian Hinckson had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Bearcats (11-15, 8-9). John McGriff added 12 points.

The victory keeps the Wildcats in position for a top-four spot in the America East Conference standings, which would net a quarterfinal home game when the conference tournament starts at campus sites on March 6.

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