Dusan Neskovic scores career-best 24, Dartmouth tops Yale

Dusan Neskovic in action for Dartmouth Big Green

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Dusan Neskovic had a standout game for Dartmouth, scoring a career-best 24 points on 7-10 shooting, including a perfect 4-4 from 3-point range and Dartmouth pulled off a significant upset by beating Yale 81-77 on the road in New Haven on Friday night. [Game Stats]

It was the Big Green’s first win against Yale since March 2015, and their first victory in New Haven since March 2014. Read more: AP Top 25 scores, recap: No. 1 Purdue survives No. 24 Ohio State

Neskovic also contributed six rebounds in a balanced effort in the victory. Ryan Cornish had 18 points on 6-14 shooting, and Dame Adelekun added 13 points on 5-8 shooting for Dartmouth to pick up its first win in Ivy League play this season.

For Yale, Matt Knowling had 17 points on 8-14 shooting, Bez Mbeng scored 15 points on 5-7 shooting before fouling out, and August Mahoney had 13 points and seven rebounds in the defeat.

The game was close throughout, with Dartmouth leading 34-33 at halftime. Yale cut a seven-point deficit to two points with 7:40 left in the game and tied things up at 58 all with 6:55 left on a layup by Knowling.

However, Dartmouth regained the lead and was able to hold on for the win.

The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak at Yale and a six-game losing streak overall for Dartmouth, who now have a record of 5-11 (1-1 Ivy). Yale falls to 10-5 (0-2 Ivy).

Neskovic credited the team’s preparation for the win. “We were prepared well for this one,” he said. “We played overall a really tough game. My mindset was to be aggressive tonight.”

Both Dartmouth and Yale will be in action again on Saturday (7), with Dartmouth facing Brown at 6:00 PM and Yale hosting Harvard at 7:00 PM.

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