Gamecenter: Yale 55, Dartmouth 45

1st 2nd Final
Yale (11-17, 5-6 Ivy) 26 29 55
Dartmouth (5-20, 1-10 Ivy) 16 29 45
Leede Arena, Hanover, NH
Attendance – 343
Keys to the Game
Key sequence After a Jabari Trotter layup pulled Dartmouth within 10-7 nearing the midway point of yet another low-scoring first half in Hanover, Yale went on a 14-3 run to boost its lead to 14 points, 24-10. The Big Green had seven possessions during the span that were short-circuited by a turnover before the Big Green could get off a shot. The back-breaker came with Yale leading 14-10 when Raffi Mantilla was fouled on a missed 3-point shot. He nailed the first two free throws. When he missed the third, Rhett Anderson gathered in the rebound and put it back up for a four-point play that made it 18-10. Yale’s run gave the Bulldogs a 10-point lead at the break, the same margin they would enjoy at game’s end after the teams each scored 29 points in the second half.
Key sign it was over A pair of free throws by Ronnie Dixon got Dartmouth to within 51-45 with 1:01 remaining. At the other end, Austin Morgan missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Big Green’s Clive Weeden came away with the rebound at 43 seconds. With a 3-point basket, Dartmouth could make it a one-possession game. But a missed jumper by Trotter and a tip by Weeden that wouldn’t go resulted in a scramble and a Big Green foul. This time Morgan knocked down both free throws to boost the margin to eight with 30 seconds left. The Bulldogs then did not allow a point in the final half minute.
Key performance Forward Michael Sands had 11 points and 11 rebounds (one off his season high against Colgate) for the Bulldogs.
Key statistic Although Yale struggled with 38.8 percent shooting from the field, the Dartmouth attack produced a season-low 25.0 percent effort from the field on 14-for-56 shooting.

– Dartmouth led Yale by 10 points in the second half of the first meeting of the teams in New Haven but never led in the rematch.

– The teams combined for 40 turnovers (20 apiece) to just 16 assists (Yale 9, Dartmouth 7).

– For as much as Dartmouth struggled from the field, the Big Green was 14-for-17 (82.4 percent) from the line. That’s a season best.

– Yale’s Alex Zampier came into the game needing one steal to set the single-season school record. He finished the game still needing one steal.

– The Bulldogs ratcheted up the defense after allowing 81.5 points per game in last weekend’s contests against Princeton and Penn.

– Robby Pride was the only Dartmouth player in double figures with 13 points in 29 minutes. He also had seven rebounds.

– The game was the sixth in a row played in Leede Arena between Yale and Dartmouth to be decided by 10 points or less.

– Yale has won 17 of the past 20 meetings with Dartmouth.

– In an effort to get the Big Green going, interim coach Mark Graupe gave athletic reserve forward Mbiyimoh Ghogomu 22 minutes, one off his season-high, before he fouled out. He scored one point and had four turnovers.

– Only Clive Weeden played 30 or more minutes for Dartmouth (33) while Zampier (35), Sands and Porter Braswell (33 each) topped that mark for the Bulldogs.

– Dartmouth is now 0-16 when trailing at the half and 1-18 when being outrebounded.

– Yale had a 41-37 rebounding edge. The Bulldogs are 0-10 when they are outrebounded.

Bruce Wood

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