Dartmouth Edges Yale 57-54
Feb. 7, 2009
HANOVER, N.H. - Marlon Sanders' driving layup with 1:01 left in the second half gave Dartmouth a 55-54 lead and the Big Green held on for a 57-54 victory over Yale before a crowd of 1,107 at Leede Arena. Freshman David Rufful led Dartmouth with 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the field. Ross Morin paced the Bulldogs with 17 points. He made 7 of 9 shots.
The Big Green (6-14, 4-2 Ivy) led 53-48 with 6:35 left but didn't score for nearly 5 minutes, 30 seconds. Morin, meanwhile, scored six straight points, including a jumper with 1:29 remaining that gave Yale a 54-53 lead.
After Sanders' layup, the Bulldogs committed a turnover on their ensuing possession. Dartmouth's Alex Barnett increased the lead to three with a layup with 26 seconds left. The Big Green then deliberately fouled, and Yale missed the front end of the one-and-one.
Still, the Bulldogs had another chance to tie in the final seconds after Dan Biber missed a free throw with seven seconds remaining. Porter Braswell raced up the court and got off an off-balance three-pointer from the wing that rimmed out as time expired.
"If we rebound better, we win the basketball game. If we make our free throws we win the game or if we don't turn it over, we win," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball.
Yale (8-12, 3-3 Ivy) made only 10 of 18 free throws, committed 15 turnovers which led to 20 Dartmouth points and was outrebounded 29-20, including 9-1 on the offensive boards.
Alex Zampier and Michael Sands both finished with eight points for the Bulldogs, who were trying to complete a sweep of the Dartmouth-Harvard road trip for the third straight year. Sands added a team-high five rebounds. Garrett Fiddler had seven points, and Travis Pinick scored six points and was outstanding defensively.
Barnett, who entered the game leading the Ivy League in scoring, was held to just 13 points, nearly seven below his average. He made only 5 of 18 shots from the field.
"We feel he's the best offensive player in the Ivy League," Jones said. "Travis did an excellent job on him."
Robby Pride added 11 points for the Big Green, who won their third straight game. Sanders and Biber both scored seven points, and Kurt Graeber grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
The game featured four ties and 11 lead changes.
Dartmouth had its biggest lead of the game, 28-20, with 5:39 left in the first half, but Yale used a 12-3 run, capped by Morin's layup, to take a 32-31 lead. Jabari Trotter's jumper, though, gave the Big Green a 33-32 lead at the intermission.
The Bulldogs, who have played 15 of their 20 games this season on the road, will play their next four in the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The stretch begins next Friday when first-place Princeton visits. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised live on the YES Network.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity