Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dartmouth Athletics Game Notes for Big Green at Cornell

The Games: Dartmouth (5-17, 1-7) at Columbia (13-9, 4-4) and Cornell (6-16, 2-6)
Location: Levien Gymnasium (2,700), New York, N.Y.; Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
Friday February 18 at 7 p.m.; Saturday February 19 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Columbia: Lions lead 104-95
Series Record vs. Cornell: Dartmouth leads 102-99
Live Audio - Dave Collins (play-by-play)
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Live Video - Columbia; Cornell
Complete Game Notes

Freshmen Emerging
• Dartmouth is in the midst of its second five-game losing streak and has lost 10 of its last 11 contests. But the lone victory in that stretch came against the Big Green’s opponent on Saturday, Cornell.
• There has not been a month this season in which Dartmouth has not won a game. The Green must win one of the next four — all on the road — for that streak to continue.
• Freshman Nick Jackson burst onto the scene in the loss to Brown on Friday. Entering the game with 18 points all season, the rookie led Dartmouth with 17 points while draining three three-pointers. The next night he canned two more while tallying eight more points.
• Speaking of freshmen, Tyler Melville made his mark as a playmaker versus Yale, not only tying for the team lead with nine points, but also providing six assists, double his previous best.
• The Big Green got production from other classes as well. Junior David Rufful came through with his first career double-double against the Bears with 10 points and a personal-best 12 rebounds. The next night, sophomore Matt LaBove nearly came up with one himself with nine points and eight boards.

Series vs. Columbia (13-9, 4-4)
• This is a milestone game in the series — 200 —with the Lions holding a 104-95 advantage.
• Dartmouth has gone 15-21 in Columbia’s Levien Gymnasium since it opened in 1974.
• The last Big Green win in Levien came three years ago, a 63-48 triumph on March 1, 2008.
• Columbia defeated Dartmouth last month, 66-45. The two teams were tied at the half, but Noruwa Agho led the four Lions in double figures with 16 points as they pulled away in the second stanza.
• The last 30 encounters have been split evenly, with neither side winning more than three straight, dating back to the 1996-97 season.

Scouting the Lions
• Since beating the Big Green to end January, Columbia lost three straight before coming up with a 75-62 victory over Penn last Saturday.
• Before beating the Quakers, Columbia suffered its worst loss of the season by far, 76-46 against Princeton.
• Aside from that blowout by the Tigers, the Lions have been very tough at home, going 8-2 overall.
• While Columbia has two players averaging in double figures on the season — Noruwa Agho (16.0 ppg) and Brian Barbour (13.1) — two others join them with at least 10 points in league games: Mark Cisco (10.1) and Asenso Ampim (10.0).
• Quite a bit of Barbour’s scoring against Ivy teams has come at the charity stripe, going 49-of-52 (.942) on free throws to lead the league.
• Agho does a little bit of everything against the league, with 15.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 10 three-pointers, 34 assists, six blocks and eight steals.
• Columbia is shooting 78.0 percent at the free throw line in the eight Ivy contests thus far, better than its 72.4 percent mark for the season overall. But the Lions’ shooting numbers are down from the floor, however, at 41.5 percent on field goals and just 30.0 percent on three-pointers.

Series vs. Cornell (6-16, 2-6)
• Dartmouth has played the Big Red 201 times entering this game, more than any other opponent. The Big Green own the all-time advantage at 102-99, breaking a 10-game losing streak to the Big Red last month, 64-57.
• The Green built up a lead as large as 28 before Cornell frantically tried to recover in that victory. Sophomore R.J. Griffin led Dartmouth with 11 points, while four teammates tallied at least nine.
• The Big Green are 7-14 versus Cornell in Newman Arena, having lost the last seven after winning five straight here.
• Two years ago, Dartmouth took the Big Red to double overtime in Ithaca, rallying from a 19-point deficit, before ultimately falling, 79-76.

Scouting the Big Red
• Since playing a lackluster weekend in Hanover and Cambridge to end January, Cornell has performed quite well, winning at Brown and topping Penn in overtime, and losing to Yale and league-leading Princeton by a combined three points.
• The Big Red had to survive a Quaker one-and-one with one second left in regulation with the score tied to go to overtime, then outscored Penn 19-8.
• The lids were on tight the next night as Cornell hit just 3-of-17 from long range while Princeton hit just 1-of-8. Neither side led by more than six in the 57-55 Big Red loss.
• Point guard Chris Wroblewski makes the offense go, leading the team in scoring at 14.9 ppg (4th in Ivy) while dishing out 106 assists (3rd).
• Errick Peck, who scored 20 points in 17 minutes last time these two teams squared off, is Cornell’s most athletic player, scoring 11.2 points a night with 3.8 rebounds, plus leads the team with 18 blocks.
• The Big Red are one of the better three-point shooting teams in the league at 36.9 percent with Peck and Wroblewski both over 40 percent.
• Rebounding has been a problem as opponents grab nearly five more a game. Adam Wire leads Cornell with a rebounding average of 5.3 boards.

Jacks-on the Mark
After 20 games, freshman Nick Jackson had seen action in 17 of them, scoring a total of 18 points. Then came a visit from the Brown Bears, and Jackson found his shooting stroke, pouring in 17 while hitting 7-of-13 overall and 3-of-6 from behind the arc. The next night, he chipped in eight more, sinking 2-of-3 three-pointers. His performance got him a mention on the Ivy League Honor Roll for the week.

Melville Serving Many Dishes
With senior point guard Ronnie Dixon out of the lineup since late December, freshman Tyler Melville has seen quite a few minutes directing the offense. Against Yale, the rookie facilitated numerous scores with his passes, doubling his previous best output for assists in a game with six. Only Dixon has had more helpers in a game this season — seven at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Dec. 14.

Double Digit Denial
For the second time this year, Dartmouth played a game in which none of its players scored in double figures. Both sophomore Matt LaBove and freshman Tyler Griffin managed nine points to lead the Green in a 69-60 loss to Yale on Feb. 12. Back on Dec. 19, the senior co-captains, Ronnie Dixon and Clive Weeden, led Dartmouth with seven points apiece in the loss at Iowa State.

Rufful Rocks the Rim
No, junior David Rufful did not break the backboard with a thunderous dunk, but he did register his first career double-double against Brown with 10 points and a personal- and team-season-best 12 rebounds. It is just the second double-double for the Big Green this season and just the fifth over the past three years. Clive Weeden has three of those five, including the other one this season.

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