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Men's Basketball Cliff-Hanger

In what could only be described as a thriller, the Dartmouth men's basketball team took an 80-73 overtime victory over Harvard on Jan. 6. In the first Ivy League game for both teams, the Big Green (6-7) recovered from a 35-23 deficit at halftime.

Leon Pattman '07
Leon Pattman '07 (Photo by Mark Washburn)

Leon Pattman '07 scored a season-high 27 points and Alex Barnett '09 had his second double-double of the season, scoring a career-high 19 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

The Big Green outscored Harvard 41-29 in the second half, but didn't lead until the 2:40 mark. With Dartmouth trailing 61-60, Pattman scored on a layup, giving the Big Green its first advantage of the game, 62-61.

On the next possession, Johnathan Ball '08 had a key steal for the Big Green before feeding Pattman for another layup 21 seconds later, making it 64-61.

Harvard (7-8) forced the overtime with 1:53 left in regulation when Jim Goffredo banged in a 3-pointer.

With about three minutes left in overtime, Pattman connected on a 3-pointer for a 71-68 Dartmouth lead, and that triggered a 6-2 run.

Dan Biber '09 capped it off with a layup, giving Dartmouth insurance, 77-70, with 36 seconds to go.

After shooting only 34.8 percent in the opening half, Dartmouth improved to 50.8 percent for the game, including six-of-seven in overtime. Defensively, the Big Green held the Crimson to 39 percent.

"I thought we had a great perseverance and a lot of stick-to-it-tive-ness," said third-year coach Terry Dunn. "We didn't break, and we just kept working and plugging away. Leon had a great offensive night, and we played good defense down the stretch."

By KATHY PHILLIPS

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Last Updated: 5/30/08