February 25, 2005

Dartmouth Outlasts Bears, 66-64

Feb. 25, 2005

Final Stats

Hanover, New Hampshire - Junior Mike Lang scored all of his 18 points in the second half, and senior Mike McLaren scored 18 points on six three-point baskets, including five second half treys, to lead Dartmouth to a 66-64 Ivy League victory over Brown.

The loss dropped the Bears to 10-14 overall and 3-7 in the Ivy League, while Dartmouth earned its fourth straight victory to extend its record to 9-15 overall and 6-5 in Ivy play.

The Bears trailed for most of the second half and made it a two-point game when Forte completed a three-point play with 48 seconds remaining to trail, 66-64. Jason Forte had a chance to tie the game when he went to the free throw line with 3.7 seconds remaining. He missed the first of two free throws, and intentionally missed the second, but Brown was unable to get off a last second shot.

Brown tied the game, 24-24, at the half, despite going without a field goal for the last 5:50, and scoring just one field goal in the last 10 minutes of the half. The Bears led by as many as seven points in the first half, 15-9, lead on a fast break dunk by junior Luke Ruscoe with 12:25 left to play. Forte led the Bears with nine first half points.

Dartmouth took the lead for good, 47-44, on McLaren's three-point basket, sparking a 12-3 run that gave Dartmouth a 56-46 lead on a lay-up by Brian McMillan with 7:07 remaining.

The Bears clawed back into the game with a 9-2 spurt to pull to within three points, 58-55, with 2:38 to play on a three-point basket by Forte.

Forte led all scorers with 28 points, connecting on 14 of 18 free throws for the game, while junior Luke Ruscoe added 11 points for the Bears.

McLaren's six treys came on 6 of 9 shooting, including a perfect 5 of 5 in the second half from behind the three-point arc. Lang was scoreless in the first half, and came back to hit 2 of 3 second half treys and 8 of 8 second half free throws. Senior David Gardner also scored in double figures with 13 points.

The Bears will be back in action tonight at 7:00 p.m. against Harvard in Cambridge, Mass.