Akron Zips Escape Ravens Nest with Narrow Victory
The University of Akron Zips defeated the Carleton Ravens 80-76 to wrap-up the 2011 Canadian Tour.
With the game in the balance and Akron leading 76-75, Phillip Scrubb misfired on one-of-two free-throws with 4.8 seconds left to give Akron a narrow victory over the 2011 CIS Men's Basketball Champions.
Carleton's hot shooting and strong defence allowed them to build a 21-12 advantage at the ten-minute mark. Sophomore guard Alex Abreu (5-10, 175 lbs) scored six straight points to spark a 16-2 Akron run as the Zips fought all the way back to jump ahead at 28-25 and eventually take a 39-34 advantage at half-time.
The intensity picked-up after the break as both teams fought for every loose ball and rebound. The Zips knocked down consecutive three-points to open the second-half and stretched the margin to 47-38 at the 16-minute mark.
Akron's physical play and length kept the short-handed Ravens at a near double-digit distance for much of the half. Willy Manigat connected on a 3-point bomb to bring the Ravens within striking distance at 60-56 with 8:25 to play.
Senior guard Brett Mcclanahan responded with back-to-back baskets to restore order at 67-56 with 7:00 to play.
Head Coach Keith Dambrot was accessed a technical foul with the Zips leading 71-62 to ignite a 4-0 run and bring the score to 71-68.
The contest was poorly officiated and turned into a foul shooting contest down the stretch.
Mannigat hit another three-pointer with 19.1 second remaining to bring the Ravens within one at 76-75.
Four Ravens reached double-figures led by Phillip Scrubb with 27 points (14-18 FT) and five rebounds. Elliot Thompson added 12 points and five rebounds. Willy Manigat and Kyle Smendziuk both finished with 10 points.
The Zips were paced by point guard Alex Abreau's 15 points and eight assists and only two turnovers. Nick Harney and Chauncey Gilliam both had the hot hand from deep and chipped in 12 points each.
The Ravens NCAA preseason record falls to 1-3 with narrow loses against La Salle (66-64) and Central Florida (93-84). Carleton beat Illinois State 90-80 for their only win.
Akron finishes their Canadian tour with perfect 5-0 record, including 3-0 against CIS teams knocking off UQAM 76-55, Mcgill 85-57 and the Ravens 80-76.
The team blasted Champlain Alumni All-Stars 83-68 and the Sheridan Bruins 112-59 in their two other contests.
Dave Smart and Ravens are back in action against the University of Albany Great Danes on August 25th. This will be the last game without starters Tyson Hinz and Cole Hobin who have missed the first-four games of the young season.
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