Gamecenter: Brown 76, Dartmouth 57

1st 2nd Final
Brown (11-18, 5-7 Ivy) 37 39 76
Dartmouth (5-21, 1-11 Ivy) 34 23 57
Leede Arena, Hanover, NH
Attendance – 438
Keys to the Game
Key sequence After consecutive 3-pointers by Ronnie Dixon and Robby Pride drew Dartmouth within 42-40 early in the second half, Brown went on a 13-2 run to break the game back open. Steve Gruber and Tucker Halpern both hit triples during a burst interrupted only by a Matt LaBove tip-in. The run gave Brown its largest lead of the game to that point, 13 points, midway through the second half. Dartmouth would not get within single digits again.
Key sign it was over After trailing by as many as 15 points, Dartmouth got back to 61-50 with 6:26 remaining on a Pride layup. But Matt Mullery made four consecutive free throws to boost the margin back to 15 with 5:19 remaining. The Green couldn’t get closer than 13 the rest of the way.
Key performance Although Matt Mullery was his usual effective self with 20 points, Adrian Williams was a real thorn in Dartmouth’s side, nailing 5-of-7 shots from outside the arc to score 15 points in just 19 minutes off the bench. Williams was 4-for-6 on his 3-point attempts in the first half to help hold a Dartmouth team that needed to get out to a quick start at bay.
Key statistic After allowing a offensively challenged Dartmouth team to shoot 50 percent from the field in the first half, Brown limited the Big Green to 32.3 percent (10-of-31) after the break to win going away.

– After Dartmouth and Yale evenly split 40 turnovers in Friday’s game, Dartmouth and Brown turned the ball over just 11 times (six by Dartmouth, five by Brown) Saturday night. Dartmouth had just one turnover in the first half.

– Brown finished with a healthy 16 assists to five turnovers.

– The Brown bench outscored its Dartmouth counterparts, 40-12.

– With his 20 points, Mullery now has 1,105 in his career, 17th on the Brown all-time chart.

– Dartmouth’s Ronnie Dixon scored 16 points against Brown to raise his team-leading average to 9.2 points. He needs to average 20.5 points per game next weekend to average double figures. Not since the 1949-50 season has the Big Green finished a season without a double-digit scorer.

– The Dartmouth game was Brown’s 29th of the season, the fourth time the Bears have played that many (2003, ’07, ’08). They will set the record this weekend when they host Cornell and Columbia.

– Brown has won four of its last six games.

– Dartmouth now has dropped 10 of its last 11 contests. The Big Green has to win at least one game on the season-ending Princeton-Penn road trip to avoid its worth record since the 2003-04 team went 3-25. Two losses would give Dartmouth 23 on the year, a number surpassed only in the ’03-’04 season and in 1917-18 when Dartmouth was 0-26.

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