Gamecenter: Princeton 54, Dartmouth 38

1st 2nd Final
Princeton (13-5, 4-0 Ivy) 19 35 54
Dartmouth (4-16, 0-6 Ivy) 21 17 38
Leede Arena, Hanover, NH
Attendance – 926
Keys to the Game
Key sequence With just over seven minutes elapsed in the second half of a game that had seen neither team lead by more than three points in the first half, Princeton held a 32-28 lead. An Ian Hummer fast-break layup stretched the margin to 34-28 and after two empty possessions for Dartmouth, the Tigers’ Douglas Davis hoisted up an errant 3-pointer. Hummer grabbed the rebound and was fouled on a putback. He missed both shots but Kareem Maddox hustled to the pull in the rebound. Just as he was being tied up, coach Sydney Johnson called timeout to save the possession. Marcus Schroeder then made the TO pay off by drilling a 3-pointer for a 37-28 lead, the largest of the night to that point. Hummer’s hoop and Schroeder’s triple keyed an 11-2 run that took the air out of Dartmouth.
Key sign it was over After David Rufful banked in a 3 from out top to make it 44-36 with 4:09 remaining, Dan Mavraides hit from outside the arc, Maddox exploded for a dunk on a gorgeous feed from Hummer and Schroeder followed with another 3-ball. For good measure Zach Finley canned a pair of free throws to cap a 10-0 run that made it 54-36 with 1:13 left.
Key performance Kareem Maddox’ line is modest with five points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks, but his impact was huge during the run that broke the game open. After the offensive rebound of Hummer’s misses that set up Schroeder’s triple, Maddox stopped back-to-back Dartmouth drives with blocked shots, made a steal on the next Big Green possession, and when the home team finally got off a clean shot that missed, he was there for the rebound to make sure Dartmouth was one-and-done.
Key statistic Tough call between Princeton going 14-for-19 from the foul line while Dartmouth was going 3-for-4, and the Tigers dominating the glass with a 33-21 rebounding advantage.

– With the win Princeton tied its victory total from a year ago with 10 games still remaining.

– Princeton committed just five fouls all night, with only three players being whistled at all.

– Dartmouth had a 21-19 lead at the half and lost. It’s the first time the Big Green squandered a halftime lead all season.

– Dartmouth had just one turnover in the first half but eight in the second.

– Princeton had one steal in the first half but seven in the second.

– Ian Hummer led the Tigers with 11 points off the bench while Dan Mavraides had 10 points.

– Robby Pride was the only Dartmouth player in double figures with 10 points.

– With wins over Dartmouth and Harvard this weekend, Princeton has a road sweep of the Ivy League’s four New England teams for the first time since 2004.

– The Tigers have won 11 of their last 12 games with the lone loss a two-point setback at Maine.

– Dartmouth lost for the fifth time in a row under interim coach Mark Graupe and is now 1-6 since Terry Dunn resigned.

– Only a field goal with 34 seconds remaining kept the Big Green from breaking its scoring futility record this winter, set in a 71-37 loss at Cornell last weekend.

– Princeton plays host to Columbia and Cornell next weekend while Dartmouth travels to Brown and Yale.

Bruce Wood

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