Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Varsity Athletics Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Separation atop the Ivy League men's basketball standings sets up for an intriguing stretch run with just three full weekends remaining in the #14GameTournament.
• Yale has won 12-straight games, its longest winning streak since 1948-49 and one game shy of the school record set in 1906-07. The 12-game winning streak is currently the second longest in the nation, behind Stony Brook’s 18 in a row. The Bulldogs remain as one of only three teams undefeated in conference play, joining Stony Brook (12-0, America East) and Stephen F. Austin (12-0, Southland).
• Recent history has shown that the team to record the most weekend sweeps in a season will most likely win the Ivy League title. Dating back to the 2010-11 season, Harvard swept four weekends each season during its current five-year title run. Princeton swept four weekends in 2010-11 when the Tigers shared the title with Harvard and beat the Crimson in the one-game playoff to determine the League’s NCAA Tournament representative.
• Cornell freshman guard Matt Morgan and Dartmouth freshman forward Evan Boudreaux continue to lead an impressive group of freshmen in the Ivy League this season. Entering the week, Morgan (18.9 ppg) and Boudreaux (17.5 ppg) are in a battle to earn the title as the top freshman scorer in conference history. Brown’s Earl Hunt (17.0 ppg, 460 points in 27 games) in 1999-2000 currently holds that distinction.
• Brown senior forward Steven Spieth, Columbia senior guard Grant Mullins, Dartmouth senior forward Connor Boehm and Harvard senior forward Patrick Steeves were named Academic All-District® first team in District 1, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The foursome moves on to the ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
• All eight games this weekend are set for live coverage on The Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) with Harvard at Columbia on American Sports Network and three games simulcast on ESPN3.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale senior forward Justin Sears (Plainfield, N.J.) had a pair of big games as the Bulldogs added to their best ever Ivy League start, improving to 8-0 with a road sweep at Dartmouth and Harvard. Against the Big Green, Sears posted his third double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds. He also had three assists and three blocks. The next night at Harvard, Sears poured in 21 points again . Fourteen of his points came in the first half as the Bulldogs built a 37-26 lead.
Sears' Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth freshman forward Evan Boudreaux (Lake Forest, Ill.) led the Big Green in scoring and rebounding in both games, recording double-doubles in each with the second one leading to a 17-point victory over Brown. Boudreaux more than held his own in the post against first-place Yale with 21 points and 10 rebounds , knocking down 7-of-15 field goals with a pair of three-pointers while going a perfect 5-of-5 at the foul line. Against Brown, he topped both of those totals with 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting and 13 rebounds as Dartmouth led for nearly the entire game. Boudreaux has eight double-doubles this season, plus has led the Bioig Green in both scoring and rebounding each of the last seven contests.
Boudreaux's Statistics for the Week
Tavon Blackmon, Brown (Jr., G - Upper Marlboro, Md.)
19 pts., 2 rebs., 6 assts. at Harvard
22 pts., 2 rebs., 3 assts. at Dartmouth
Devin Cannady, Princeton (Fr., G - Mishawaka, Ind.)
11 pts., 3 rebs. at Cornell
23 pts., 3 rebs. at Columbia
Zena Edosomwan, Harvard (Jr., F/C - Los Angeles)
13 pts., 6 rebs., 2 blks. vs. Brown
18 pts., 10 rebs., 2 assts. vs. Yale
Makai Mason, Yale (So., G - Greenfield, Mass.)
25 pts., 4 rebs., 2 assts. at Dartmouth
15 pts., 2 rebs., 3 assts. at Harvard
Pete Miller, Princeton (Jr., F - Winchester, Mass.)
6 pts., 9 rebs., 2 blks. at Cornell
20 pts., 13 rebs. at Columbia
Matt Morgan, Cornell (Fr., G - Concord, N.C.)
15 pts., 3 rebs., 2 stls. vs. Princeton
28 pts., 3 rebs., 4 assts. vs. Penn
Grant Mullins, Columbia (Sr., G - Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
11 pts., 3 rebs., 3 assts., 2 blks., 6 stls. vs. Penn
19 pts., 12 rebs., 2 assts. vs. Princeton
Darien Nelson-Henry, Penn (Sr., C - Kirkland, Wash.)
11 pts., 11 rebs., 6 assts., 2 stls. at Columbia
15 pts., 16 rebs., 6 assts. at Cornell
Miles Wright, Dartmouth (So., G - Boston)
15 pts., 3 rebs. vs. Yale
15 pts., 4 rebs., 2 assts. vs. Brown
Friday, February 19
*Harvard at Columbia, 6 pm [ASN/ILDN]
*Brown at Penn, 7 pm [ILDN]
*Dartmouth at Cornell, 7 pm [ILDN]
*Yale at Princeton, 7 pm [ILDN/ESPN3]
Saturday, February 20
*Brown at Princeton, 6 pm [ILDN]
*Harvard at Cornell, 6 pm [ILDN/ESPN3]
*Dartmouth at Columbia, 7 pm [ILDN]
*Yale at Penn, 7 pm [ILDN/ESPN3]
*Ivy League Contests
ASN – American Sports Network; ESPN3 – ESPN3.com; ILDN – Carried live on The Ivy League Digital Network