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Big Green men win hoops home opener over FGCU

Staff Reports
Published: 11/11/2019 10:15:06 PM
Modified: 11/12/2019 1:11:16 PM

HANOVER — Dartmouth men’s basketball kept Dunk City grounded on Monday night. Chris Knight scored 13 points and James Foye added 12 to lead the Big Green past Florida Gulf Coast 55-49 at Leede Arena.

With 3 minutes, 7 seconds to play Aaryn Rai was fouled on his putback and converted the three-point play to give Dartmouth a 53-47 lead. Rai finished the game with 10 points and was four of six from the floor. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out two assists.

The Big Green dominated throughout and played ahead for more than 35 minutes.

Their largest lead came with 16 minutes to play when they expanded their margin to 12 with a Trevon Ary-Turner 3-pointer.

The Eagles chipped at the deficit and got it down to six points, but it was too late. Zach Scott had 16 points and Caleb Catto had 12 to lead FGCU.

The loss drops the Eagles to an 0-3 start to the season.

Dartmouth received 18 points off the bench and scored 21 points off turnovers; 24 points came in the paint.

Ian Sistare pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Big Green.

Dartmouth (2-0) has now won their home opener for three consecutive seasons.

Monday night’s win follows Friday’s 68-63 upset of Buffalo. The win broke the Bulls’ 26 game win streak at Alumni Arena.

The Big Green returns to play on Friday against Merrimack in the first of three games at the River Hawks Invitational at UMass Lowell.

FOOTBALLLalos wins Gold Helmet

HANOVER — Dartmouth defensive end Niko Lalos has won the weekly Gold Helmet award from the New England Football Writers Association.

The senior from Akron, Ohio, played a significant role in the Big Green’s 27-10 win over Princeton on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

He began by picking off a Princeton pass and returning it 22 yards for the Big Green’s first touchdown. Later in the first half, he sacked the Tigers’ quarterback to end a drive and force a punt that led to a Dartmouth field goal. Lalos also had two pass breakups on the day and pressured the Princeton offense all game long.

The Tigers, who entered the game ranked in the top 10 nationally in points per game (38.1) and total offense (470.1 yards), fell well short of both standards.

The Big Green returns home to host Cornell on Saturday.

Lalos, Davis POW winners

HANOVER — On top of winning the Gold Helmet, Dartmouth defensive end Niko Lalos joined teammate Connor Davis on Monday in claiming Ivy League player of the week honors.

Lalos won the defensive award for his play in Saturday’s 27-10 defeat of Princeton. Davis was the special teams honoree, drilled two field goals and hit all three of his extra points, stretching a streak in the latter to 40 consecutive conversions. That’s 11 short of the school record set by former NFL kicker Nick Lowery.

Dartmouth players have won seven Ivy player of the week honors so far this season.

MEN’S TENNISBig Green end fall slate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Dartmouth closed its fall schedule on Sunday by going 2-2 in matches against St. John’s at the Bear Invitational at Brown University.

All action came in singles. Junior John Speicher recorded a 6-4, 6-2 win over Louis-Nils Michel, and Pierce Widdecombe rallied past Ignacio Garcia, 1-6, 6-4, 15-13.

The Big Green is off until January.

GRILS SOCCERKUA opens playoffson the road

MERIDEN — The Kimball Union Academy girls soccer team will hit the road to open the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class C tournament this week.

The Wildcats (11-4-2) earned the fifth seed in the eight-team draw. They’ll travel to Dexter Southfield for a Wednesday quarterfinal at a to-be-announced starting time. Kimball Union, which wrapped up its regular season with a 5-0 win at Vermont Academy on Saturday, is the only KUA fall sports team to make the postseason.

Kimball Union won the New England Class C championship in 2016 and has reached the semifinals each of the last two years.


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Dartmouth 3, Princeton 1

HANOVER — The Big Green (1-2-1, 1-1-1) struck for two goals in a 50-second span of the third period to secure its first ECAC Hockey win of the season.

Will Graber broke a 1-1 deadlock with his second goals of the night at 13:50 of the final stanza.

Daniel Warpecha added to the pile less than a minute later, and goaltender Adrian Clark (27 saves) did the rest.

Drew O’Connor recorded two assists for the Big Green. Jake Paganelli provided the only offense for the Tigers (1-2-1, 0-2-0).

Dartmouth visits Yale on Friday night.


The Dartmouth College men's basketball team opened its season on the road last Friday in Buffalo, N.Y. A headline in Tuesday's Valley News about the first home game incorrectly described the team's schedule.

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