With Yale holding a 41-35 lead, Dartmouth went on a 15-5 run fueled by three-pointers and three-point plays. Mike Lang got things started with a no-conscience bomb from in front of the Big Green bench. After a pair of Yale turnovers without a shot, Leon Pattman came off a screen and drained a shot from just inside the arc and added a foul shot for an old-fashioned 3-point play and a 41-41 tie. Yale responded with a triple from Nick Holmes, only to have Alex Barnett can a three for Dartmouth to tie the game again. The Big Green’s Brian McMillan and Yale’s Sam Kaplan traded baskets before Pattman was fouled on a made three-pointer from the right side and converted the free throw for a 50-46 lead. For good measure, after a Kaplan hoop, Pattman knocked down still another three-pointer.
Key sign it was over
After Dartmouth let a 10-point lead get sliced in half, Yale’s Travis Pinick bricked two free throws with 2:24 left. Devon Mosley then stripped Chris Andrews and Pattman followed with a Princeton-quality backdoor layup off a feed from McMillan. When Lang hit a foul shot with 1:24 left, Dartmouth had a 67-59 lead. It was never a one-possession game again the rest of the way..
With a nod to McMillan’s 10 points and six rebounds off the bench, Pattman had 22 points on 8-for-12 shooting. He scored 18 of his points in the second half, made an underhand double-clutch shot on a drive in the paint, and twice hit outside shots and converted the free throw. On another occasion late in the game, he got his defender in the air, leaned in and at the last second hoisted up forced shot that earned him a trip to the free throw line, where he canned both attempts.
Dartmouth doubled its scoring in the second half. After managing just 24 points before the break, the Big Green poured in 48 points after it.
There was symmetry in the shooting numbers. Yale shot 54.5 percent in the first half and 38.5 percent in the second. Dartmouth shot 34.4 percent in the first and 51.6 percent in the second.
The Big Green was 6-for-13 from outside the arc.
Yale was a miserable 5-for-11 from the line in the first half and just 17-of-27 in the game.
Lang, who missed just two free throws last year (48 of 50) missed two in the second half Friday night alone. After shooting a school record of 96-percent free throw shooting a year ago, he’s at 71.1 percent this winter.
Dominick Martin was 6-for-8 from the field and 7-for-9 from the line en route to a team-high 19 points for the Bulldogs.
The attendance was 717, a full 115 fewer than the Dartmouth women’s hockey team drew for its game against Colgate.
John Ball started at the point for Dartmouth with Michael Giovacchinin in street clothes as he rested the thumb he injured earlier this year.