Big Green Travel to Maine for Friday Night Feature

Thu Dec 7, 2017
BY THE NUMBERS
 STATISTICDARTMOUTHMAINE
 Scoring70.862.9
 Scoring Margin-0.4-9.7
 FG Percentage.456.382
 Opponent FG Percentage.461.424
 3-Pointers/Game7.07.3
 3FG Percentage.331.296
 Opponent 3FG Percentage.331.311
 FT Percentage724.688
 Opponent FT Percentage775.682
 Rebounding30.736.6
 Rebound Margin-4.8-2.3
 Assists12.512.8
 Turnovers12.217.2
 Turnover Margin+2.5-3.0
 Blocks4.22.3
 Steals6.35.2

The Maine Thing
• Looking for its first road win of the season, Dartmouth makes the trek to Bangor to take on the Maine Black Bears on Friday night in a game streamed live on ESPN3.
• The Big Green have dropped all three of their games outside of Hanover this season, most recently a 79-73 defeat at Sacred Heart on Tuesday.
• Senior Taylor Johnson topped the team in scoring for the second straight game, posting 20 points for the second time in his career.
• Dartmouth had four players score in double figures for the first time this season with Brendan Barry and Chris Knight tallying 13 points (the top two scorers this year), and Miles Wright 10 more.
• Barry drained three 3-pointers, his eighth straight game with at least two triples dating back to last year. He also ranks second in the Ivy League in 3-point percentage (.455).
• Knight saw his league-leading field goal accuracy drop a bit to 62.7 percent after knocking down 5-of-11 shots from the floor for the second straight game.
• Dartmouth is looking to reverse its recent trend of posting lower field goal percentages each game since hitting a season-high (.551) against Albany.
• While Knight and Wright share the team lead in rebounding at 4.7 per game, freshman Aaryn Rai led Dartmouth at Sacred Heart with eight boards.

Series vs. Maine
• The Black Bears knocked off Dartmouth last year to end a four-game skid in the series, but the Big Green still lead the overall series, 12-11.
• Dartmouth had a five-point lead at the half last year, only to have Maine turn the tables to win the game by five, 73-68. Guilien Smith had 12 points and Miles Wright 10 among the returning Big Green players.
• The Big Green are 6-4 against Maine within the state borders with wins in each of the last three trips here dating back to the 2003-04 season.
• The Big Green are 117-110 all-time against current America East schools, including a loss to Albany back on Nov. 22.

Scouting the Black Bears
• While Maine has four losses by 20 or more points to big schools, they have fared much better in the Northeast with a road win at Quinnipiac and a pair of one-point overtime losses.
• Last time out, the Black Bears cruised to a 75-55 victory over Division III Maine-Presque Isle.
• Guard Aaron Calixte essentially hit his season average (15.6 ppg) with 15 points to lead Maine in the win.
• While the team is shooting just 38.2 percent from the floor (bottom 12 nationally), Calixte has been dependable at 47.5 percent overall and 41.0 percent from long range (16-of-39), and especially at the foul line (34-of-38, .895).
• The only other player averaging double figures is Turkish guard Ilker Er at 10.7 ppg, though he has struggled from the perimeter (12-of-50, .240).
• The very international team with eight players representing seven foreign countries has a Serbian, Ilija Stojiljkovic, leading the efforts on the glass at 5.2 rebounds a night, followed closely by Er and forward Andrew Fleming (5.0 rpg).
• Turnovers have been a problem thus far with the Black Bears committing 17.2 per game, among the bottom 15 rates in the nation.
• Watch out for Vernon Lowndes Jr., who has twice scored in double figures this season. Maine won both of those games, most notably Quinnipiac when he hit all five of his 3-point attempts.
• Bob Walsh (Hamilton ’94) is in his fourth year as Maine’s head coach with a 20-81 record after a very successful nine-year stint at Rhode Island College where he was 204-63 and made eight straight trips to the NCAA D-III Tournament.

ESPN3 Broadcast
This is the second of nine Dartmouth games to be streamed live on ESPN3 this season, with four of the next six contests available through the service with an appearance on ESPN2 at Notre Dame on Dec. 19 thrown into the mix.

Johnson Stepping up
With the indefinite loss of Dartmouth’s returning leading scorer, Guilien Smith, to a hand injury, the Big Green were in need of someone to pick up some of the scoring slack. That player has been senior Taylor Johnson of late. Prior to this road trip, the guard had led the team in scoring just once in his career. But in each of the first two games on this trip, he has produced the most points, first with 13 at Canisius on Dec. 2, then with 20 at Sacred Heart on Dec. 5. It was his second career 20-point game, the other coming in an 87-70 win over Brown two years ago.

Four for 10 or More
In the 79-73 loss at Sacred Heart, four Dartmouth players scored in double figures, led by Taylor Johnson’s 20 points. The last time the Big Green had at least four players produce at least 10 points in a game came last February in an 80-75 defeat against Brown with current members Guilien Smith totaling 17 and Taylor Johnson 14.

Barry-ing the Three
Sophomore Brendan Barry has been showing off his marksman skills this season with at least two 3-pointers in each of the first six games. Most recently he popped 3-of-5 from the perimeter at Sacred Heart, boosting his accuracy to 45.5 percent, second in the league and 57th nationally. Earlier this year, he drilled a career-high four trifectas in seven attempts. But among players with at least one trifecta a game this year, it is freshman Aaryn Rai who leads the team in accuracy at 46.7 percent (7-of-15).

Rai of Rebounding
Rebounding has been a bit of an issue thus far with Dartmouth giving up nearly five more boards a night. Against Sacred Heart, the Big Green battled to a draw on the glass, however, with each team hauling in 35 caroms. Freshman Aaryn Rai led the way with eight rebounds, the most by any player in any game this season for Dartmouth.

Sharp-Shooting Knight
Usually swords are associated with knights, but in the case of freshman Chris Knight, we have to talk about his shooting accuracy — shooting the ball, of course. After going a perfect 5-for-5 against Loyola to move to the top of the NCAA leaders in field goal percentage, he posted consecutive 5-of-11 performances at Canisius and Sacred Heart, dropping his percentage to a relatively pedestrian 62.7, still good for 32nd in the nation. I guess that’s OK …

1,000-Point Update
Senior Miles Wright is well on pace to become the 29th player in Dartmouth history to score 1,000 points in a career. Through six games he is averaging a career-best 12.5 ppg, but to reach the milestone he needs to barely average six points a game the rest of the way. He currently has 870 points to his credit, nearly 400 more than any of his teammates.