Dartmouth rallies in final second to beat Yale 59-58
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) Gabas Maldunas banked in a layup in the final second and Dartmouth rallied past Yale 59-58, spoiling the Bulldogs' hopes of clinching the Ivy League title outright in the regular-season finale Saturday night.
Maldunas managed to get behind his defender for John Golden's inbounds pass with 2 seconds left, getting the shot off in time and drawing a foul with 0.5 seconds showing on the clock.
He missed the free throw, but Dartmouth (14-14, 7-7 Ivy League) already had all the points it needed to capitalize on Yale's shooting woes down the stretch.
The Bulldogs (22-9, 11-3) didn't hit a field goal after Matt Townsend's layup with 4:44 left gave Yale a 53-50 lead. The Bulldogs, trying for their first outright conference title and NCAA tournament berth since 1962, also hurt themselves by going 1 for 2 from the foul line three different times in the last 1:44.
Tommy Carpenter led Dartmouth with 13 points. Miles Wright scored 12 and Gabas finished with 10 points for the Big Green, who needed the win to remain eligible for the postseason.
Makai Mason led Yale with 19 points. Justin Sears scored 14 and Javier Duren finished with 11 for Yale.
Duren had a chance to all but seal it for the Bulldogs when he drew a foul with 2 seconds remaining and the score tied at 57, but missed his first attempt from the foul line. He made the second, but there was still enough time for Dartmouth to come up with the game-winning play after calling time out.
Dartmouth pulled within a point several times down the stretch, then tied it at 57 on Wright's 3-pointer with 13 seconds left.
Yale was in position to clinch after a 62-52 win Friday night at Harvard, which beat Brown on Saturday to preserve hopes of tying for the Ivy League title. Dartmouth did its part at home Saturday and now Yale and Harvard will play for a third time this season in a tiebreaker with an NCAA berth on the line.
Yale: The Bulldogs knew by late in the second half that Harvard had won its game, which started an hour earlier. Instead of celebrating its first outright Ivy League championship since 1962, Yale has to share the 2015 title with the rival Crimson.
Dartmouth: The Big Green needed a win in order to have a chance at a postseason berth for the first time since reaching the NCAA Tournament in 1959. ... Dartmouth forced 18 turnovers while committing just 10.
Yale: plays Harvard on Saturday in Philadelphia in the Ivy League tiebreaker.
Dartmouth: eligible to keep playing and will wait for a postseason invitation.