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Osvaldo Jeanty drops 34 points as Ravens alumni squeeze past La Salle Explorers

Former Carleton Ravens star Osvaldo Jeanty leads alumni squad past the La Salle Explorers.

Former Carleton Ravens star Osvaldo Jeanty leads alumni squad past the La Salle Explorers.

A familiar foe hunts the La Salle Explorers.

Former Carleton Ravens all-time great, Osvaldo Jeanty, scored a game-high 34-points to lead a group of Carleton Ravens alumni 80-77 past the visiting La Salle Explorers at the Ravens Nest.

Jeanty shot the lights out, going 11-for-17 from the floor, including 8-for-13 from downtown. He also added four rebounds, four assists and three steals in the process.

“Tonight was a hard-fought game that will make us better,” head coach Dr. John Giannini said. “Osvaldo Jeanty is a former two-time national player of the year and a veteran professional who was just tremendous against us.”

The Ravens Alumni took the first-half, with a 41-37 advantage. The second-half was tightly contested and came down to the last five minutes. The Explorers missed a game-tying three-point attempt that fell just short after squandering a seven point lead when it mattered most.

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Jeanty’s former teammate Stu Turnbull also added 14 points and five rebounds.

La Salle freshman Jerrell Wright was in mid-season form as he shot a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor and finished with 19 points to lead the Explorers. Sophomore Sam Mills contributed with 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Explorers are very familiar with Jeanty, his 27-point and eight assists performance on September 6, 2006 propelled a late Ravens comeback as La Salle fell 76-75 in overtime.

Jeanty led the Ravens to five straight CIS basketball national championships during his illustrious career under head coach Dave Smart. His record as a student-athlete in OUA/CIS regular and post season games was 129-7 for a 95% percent winning margin.

La Salle moves to 1-1 on their current Canadian trip. The Explorers will face off against the seven-time and defending CIS basketball national champions, Carleton Ravens.

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