IUPU-Fort Wayne (3-3) at Dartmouth (1-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 24, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leede Arena (2,100) -- Hanover, New Hampshire. Television: None. Home Record: IPFW 2-0, Dartmouth 2-0. Away Record: IPFW 0-2, Dartmouth 0-0. Neutral Record: IPFW 1-1, Dartmouth 0-0. Conference Record: Dartmouth 0-0, IPFW 0-0. Series Record: IPFW leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Dartmouth Big Green will close out their season-opening three- game homestand at Leede Arena on Saturday afternoon when they play host to the IUPU-Fort Wayne Mastodons.
IPFW has been one of the more busy teams in the nation in the early going, having already played six games in two weeks, splitting its decisions in half. The Mastodons are fresh off their most dominating win in school history, allowing a school-record low point total in their 92-22 win over Judson. The 70-point margin of victory is also a program best.
Dartmouth has played just two tilts this season, and its been 11 days since it last took the court. The Big Green claimed a win over Maine in their opener (67-54) then dropped a 72-58 decision to New Hampshire. This will be their final home game until Jan. 5.
The two teams met for the first time last year when IPFW came away with a 56-51 victory.
From start to finish, IPFW's win over Judson was complete domination. Shooting 60.3 percent from the floor en route to 92 points was surely impressive, but the real story was its ability to keep Judson off the scoreboard, holding it to just 9-of-51 from the field (.176) while forcing a whopping 28 turnovers. Pacing four Mastodons in double figures was Herbert Graham, who came off the bench to shoot 6-of-7 from the floor for 17 points. Joe Reed was perfect with his field goal attempts (5-of-5) and from the foul line (4-of-4) for 14 points, and Frank Gaines and Luis Jacobo tallied 15 and 13, respectively. The performance managed to offset some less desirable games earlier in the season as far as their year-to-date stats are concerned, as they now outscore their opponents by nearly 11 ppg. Gaines has been the clear go-to guy on offense, as he scores 22.2 ppg, while nobody else averages more than 9.5 ppg.
Two games is too small of a sample size to judge Dartmouth too harshly, but so far it has not shot the ball well. It's making less than 35 percent of its field goal attempts, including 24.4 percent of its shots from beyond the arc. The Big Green played very well on the defensive end of the court in their latest game, holding New Hampshire to just 36 percent from the field, but they spoiled that effort by making a dreadful 26.7 percent of their attempts from the floor while committing more turnovers (18) than made field goals (16). Alex Mitola shot 9-of-10 from the foul line and finished with a team-high 17 points, but he was terrible from the field (3-of-17). Jvonte Brooks tallied a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. On the season, Gabas Maldunas scores a team-best 16.5 ppg while also recording 7.0 rpg, 3.0 spg, and 3.0 bpg. Mitola (14.5 ppg) and John Golden (10.0 ppg) both shoot less than 37 percent.
With both teams sporting sporadic offenses and sound defensive gameplans, this should be a low-scoring affair. Dartmouth has some young talent led by Maldunas, but Gaines should make enough of an impact on the scoreboard to lead the Mastodons to victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: IUPU-Fort Wayne 60, Dartmouth 55
11/24 10:33:01 ET