UNH MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT DARTMOUTH, 69-67
Blagoj Janev

HANOVER, N.H. -- Sophomore Mike Lang poured in a career-high 25 points, including five 3-point baskets, leading Dartmouth to a 69-67 victory over New Hampshire in men's basketball action Saturday night.

Lang had 16 of his game-high 25 in the second half when Dartmouth trailed only once and regained the lead after two ties.

With 1:16 to go, the two schools were tied, 66-66. Lang canned a jumper to give Dartmouth the lead for good.

On the next trip down the floor, the Big Green (3-3) fouled UNH's Jermaine Anderson who made one of two free throws to make it 68-67 with 54 seconds left in regulation.

A Dartmouth turnover gave UNH another try, and Brandon Odom missed a 3-point attempt with nine seconds on the clock. Calvin Arnold grabbed the rebound for Dartmouth and made the first of two free throws five seconds later. Odom's desperation three at the buzzer was off the mark.

"A team win," said senior co-captain David Gardner. "That really sums it up. Everyone did his part. When everyone shows up to play, we'll have good results. I'm proud of the freshmen for stepping up. I never felt like we panicked. We just stuck to our game plan."

Rookie Chuck Flynn had 10 points, seven boards, six assists and three steals for the Big Green. Starting in place of the injured Steve Callahan, Michael Giovacchini ran Dartmouth's point with five rebounds and four assists, along with a 3-point basket. Also contributing was freshman Johnathan Ball with nine points and nine rebounds.

Junior Pat Cuttica also helped at point guard with seven points.

"Cuttica did a nice job and made some plays," said first-year head coach Terry Dunn. "And Lang showed how capable he is of shooting the ball. Our defense was solid, too. Any time you keep a team in the 60's, that's pretty good."

For the second game in a row, Dartmouth outrebounded its opponent. The Big Green had a 34-31 edge, and also outrebounded Keene State, 41-38, in a 72-56 win two nights ago.

Dartmouth shot 45.9 percent from the floor, including 45 percent from the three-point line, while UNH hit 49.1 percent and 31.5 percent beyond the arc.

For the Wildcats (4-4) Blagoj Janev led three players in double figures with 18.

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