Dartmouth 55, Army 42 -- Ponce De Leon went to Florida in search of a legendary source of magical rejuvenation. Bad Ivy League basketball teams save on air fare by bussing up the Hudson Valley to West Point.
Two weeks ago, Cornell, which had lost six of its last eight, visited Army and came away with a win. Saturday it was Brown that ended a three-game losing streak by beating Army in Christl Arena. This time it was Dartmouth, which came in riding an eight game losing streak that found a way to win by scheduling the Black Knights of the Hudson.
Somewhere Joe Scott is scratching his head and wondering why he didn't schedule a game at Army.
The win doubles the Big Green's (2-9) win total and ties the season series between the Patriot League and the Ivies at 11-11 with two games yet to be played.
The headline in the Times Herald-Record says: "Army shoots blanks in loss." We'd have substituted "r-i-c" for "l-a-n" in the middle of that, but the thought is pretty much the same.
Army was pathetic on offense (as if you didn't already know that from the score), shooting 29.2 percent from the field against a Dartmouth defense that had let opponents shoot 48.9 percent on the season. Give Army credit for consistency, though, they were 7-27 in both halves.
For those who like to keep track of that sort of thing, this was the third time this season and the second in the past three games that Army shot under 30 percent for a game.
Colin Harris led Army with 12 points. A tough night for Matt Bell -- 3-16 from the field, 10 points. Bell did lead the Cadets in rebounding with 7.
Lehigh 80, Muhlenberg 70 -- Not exactly an impressive showing against a 5-5 Division 3 team. Muhlenberg actually cut the Mountain Hawks lead to 9 in the final minute.
Granted Billy Taylor played everyone. But Lehigh only shot 43.5 percent for the game and had but a 3 rebound edge (45-42) on Muhlenberg.
Muhlenberg was led by Jeff Stewart, a 6-6 junior, who poured in 28 points and yanked down 13 rebounds. Nobody has scored more points on the Hawks this season and only one other guy has grabbed more boards.
Lehigh's weakness in the low post was exposed by a Muhlenberg player who probably could start for most Patriot League schools — including Lehigh.
That certainly doesn't say much for 6-10 Lehigh junior Jason Mgebroff, who doesn't start for Lehigh anymore. Williams reports on one second half inbounds play, Stewart slammed over Mgebroff on an alley-oop. Sounds like the folks on the the Lehigh message boards aren't talking about Mgebroff's wealth when they call the former two-year starter "Doughboy."
Jose Olivero led Lehigh with 25 points, including 5 treys.