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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 23, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pizzitola Center (2,800) -- Providence, Rhode Island. Television: None. Home Record: Dartmouth 4-7, Brown 6-4. Away Record: Dartmouth 2-10, Brown 3-10. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-0, Brown 0-0. Conference Record: Dartmouth 2-7, Brown 3-6. Series Record: Dartmouth leads, 75-66.
GAME NOTES: The Dartmouth Big Green try to bring an end to a four-game slide on Saturday evening, as they battle the Brown Bears in Ivy League action at the Pizzitola Center.
Dartmouth, which is currently tied for last place in the league standings with Columbia at just 2-7, challenged Yale last night in New Haven and came up on the short end of a 78-67 final.
Meanwhile, the Bears are dealing with a two-game slide of their own, following a 65-47 defeat at the hands of Harvard on Friday night. Losers of five of the last six outings overall, Brown is just 3-6 against the rest of the Ancient Eight at this stage.
Brown won the first meeting of the season three weeks ago by a score of 62-50 on the road, which means the all-time series now favors the Big Green by a count of 75-66.
Dartmouth, which shot 7-of-14 behind the 3-point line in the first half, actually led by seven points in the period, but then the defense fell apart and allowed Yale to make good on close to 60 percent from the floor in the second half, resulting in the hosts taking the double-digit win. Scoring a game-high 27 points as he made good on 7-of-10 beyond the arc, was Alex Mitola, followed by Tyler Melville with 11 points. Gabas Maldunas accounted for 13 rebounds and six blocked shots in the losing cause as well.
On a team that is scoring just 60.7 ppg, but giving up 66.7 ppg, Mitola leads the offense with 10.8 ppg even through he is shooting better from 3-point range (.394) than he is the floor overall (.384). Maldunas (10.4 ppg) is the only other double-digit scorer, although he appears to be more of a threat in the paint when going after the ball, responsible for 6.5 rpg and 30 blocked shots.
The Bears ended up with more turnovers (19) than field goals (16) on Friday night, which is often a prescription for defeat and that's actually how it turned out for Brown against visiting Harvard. Cedric Kuakumensah was on the floor for just 18 total minutes before picking up his fifth personal foul, yet he still led the Bears with 11 points and also cleared six rebounds for the group. Sean McGonagill contributed another 10 points, but he missed all five of his 3-point tries and turned the ball over six times.
Over the course of the last five games, the Bears have had a different leading scorer in four of them. Responsible for just 60.9 ppg on the season, Brown is led by Matt Sullivan with his 13.9 ppg, although McGonagill is right on his tail with 13.8 ppg. The pair combines to pull down almost nine rebounds per game, the latter also responsible for 4.0 apg, but neither is shooting even 40 percent from the floor.
Neither one of these teams is going to blow the other out of the water with an offensive explosion, so expect a low-scoring affair that should benefit the hosts since they didn't have to travel last night.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Brown 58, Dartmouth 54
02/23 10:33:32 ET