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Dartmouth (6-13) at Cornell (10-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 10, 12 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Newman Arena (4,473) -- Ithaca, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Dartmouth 4-5, Cornell 3-6. Away Record: Dartmouth 2-8, Cornell 5-6. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-0, Cornell 2-0. Conference Record: Dartmouth 2-3, Cornell 2-3. Series Record: Series is tied, 102-102.
GAME NOTES: With a 24-game road losing streak in Ivy League play now behind them, the Dartmouth Big Green now set their sights on picking up their second straight road win against another member of the Ancient Eight as they clash with the Cornell Big Red at Newman Arena on Sunday.
Originally scheduled to take place on Saturday night, this meeting had to be moved due to a winter storm that shook up New York state.
The added time between contests gave the Big Green an opportunity to relish their first conference road win in close to four seasons, the last such triumph coming on Feb. 21, 2009 versus Princeton (66-63), as they captured a 60-57 triumph versus Columbia on Friday night. The win was the second in a row overall for Dartmouth, which is now 2-3 in conference play.
Also winners of two of their first five Ivy bouts this season, Cornell was taken down by undefeated Harvard two nights ago in a narrow 67-65 final at home. The loss was the second in three games for the Big Red as they dropped to 3-6 at home on the campaign.
According to Dartmouth sources, the all-time series between these two teams is tied at 102-102.
Tyler Melville scored 15 points, two of which came in the final minute to help lift the Dartmouth Big Green to the three-point win over the Columbia Lions in Ivy League play at Levien Gym two nights ago. Connor Boehm scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Big Green, while Alex Mitola tacked on 17 points as he converted 4-of-5 shots behind the 3-point line for the visitors.
Mitola, who is shooting better from 3-point range (.390) than he is the field overall this season (.376), is the top scorer for the Big Green with his 10.4 ppg, although Gabas Maldunas is following close behind with 10.3 ppg. Maldunas, who has come off the bench four times this season, could easily be producing more significant numbers if not for the fact that he has converted a mere 49.1 percent at the free-throw line and has already fouled out of five contests.
Unfortunately, the Cornell defense allowed the Crimson to knock down 55.1 percent from the floor on Friday night, including 8-of-18 attempts behind the 3-point line, which was enough to send the Big Red to another league loss. Errick Peck tried his best to keep it from happening as he posted 17 points and nine rebounds for the hosts, while Shonn Miller and Johnathan Gray responded with 13 and 12 points, respectively, but that simply was not good enough.
On a team that is generating 65.8 ppg through 22 outings, Cornell has just a single player in double figures with Miller posting 10.3 ppg. Miller is also first on the glass with almost seven rebounds per game which should be reason enough for him to remain in the paint and not leak out to the perimeter on offense where he has made a meager 7-of-37 shots behind the 3-point line.
Now that Dartmouth has shown that it can win on the road against Ivy League foes, perhaps the team can finally put something significant together as it closes out the weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Dartmouth 63, Cornell 58
02/10 10:31:35 ET