Syracuse, NY – The Syracuse Orange behind the stellar play of freshman point guard Kaleb Joseph fought off a 15 point first-half deficit to defeat the Carleton Ravens in-front of 7,812 fans at the Carrier Dome.
Canada’s ten-time university champions came into the game with a 10-1 pre-season record, rocking victories over the Memphis Tigers (2x), and Vermont Catamounts, Illinois-Chicago Flames, a close 10-point loss to the Indiana Hoosiers. The Ravens weren’t shy of their intentions of wanting to add the Syracuse Orange to the long list of NCAA division one programs to fall to Dave Smart and the Ravens over the last 16 years.
Carleton ripped off an early 10-0 to grab control of the game for 13-4 lead and found their shooting touch again with another 12-0 run late in the first-half when Syracuse cut the deficit to 23-21 to take a 39-30 lead over the Orange at half-time.
Thomas Scrubb continued his outstanding season with a game-high 25 points and 15 rebounds on 12-of-19 shooting, the fourth year senior added two assists. Victor Raso knocked down 5 triples adding 15 points to Carleton’s point total and Philip Scrubb rounded out the Ravens double-digit scoring with a 10 point, eight assist effort.
Syracuse’s 8-0 run to begin the second-half changed the tone for the remainder of the game as the orange pounded the ball early and often to Rakeem Christmas established himself and sliced into Carleton’s lead at 39-38. Unphased by the Orange’s height advantage Carleton responded withe their own 8-0 on triples by Raso and Gavin Resch at 45-38 with 14;47 to go in the second-half.
The Orange grabbed the lead on a Ran Paterson dunk with 11:20 to play in the game and never allowed the Ravens to jump ahead despite several ties Thomas Scrubb’s best efforts to lead Carleton to victory.
Syracuse was paced by freshman Kaleb Joseph with 19 points and four assists on 7-of-9 shooting. Paterson added 15 and Chris McCullough finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds.
The Ravens shot themselves in the foot by shooting a uncharismatic 5/13 (38.5%) from the free-throw and out-rebounded the Orange 45-31.
Carleton finishes the preseason schedule with 10-2 record with losses to the Indiana Hoosiers and Syracuse Orange. The Ravens hit the road and open-up OUA regular season play with a tough road trip against the improving Brock Badgers and McMaster Marauders.
Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils
Five star Canadian Guard Luguentz Dort has committed to Bobby Hurley and the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Dort a 6-5, 220lbs, product of Montreal, Quebec has been one of the most exciting Canadian Basketball prospects in recent years, combining raw speed, with gifted athletic ability, the the 2018 elite top prospect is expected to boast the Sun Devils credibility in a tough PAC 12 conference.
Dort narrowed down his list of top schools from Baylor, eventually settling with the upstart Sun Devils program that will help him transition from a two-guard to a more accomplished point-guard. After all, Coach Hurley knows a thing or two about playing the point, having played the position for the Duke Blue Devils in the early 90’s and over 269 games in the NBA.
Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada
The Alabama Crimson Tide led by former NBA Head Coach Avery Johnson, a 16-year veteran and NBA champion point-guard during his playing days will bring his highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide to Canada for series of games against Canada’s top university basketball programs.
The Crimson Tide will visit both Montreal and Ottawa for a three-game exhibition schedule against McGill Redmen (Mon Aug 7), Carleton Ravens (Wed Aug 9) and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (Thu Aug 10).
The Tide competed hard last year and took a step in the right direction with a 19-15 record, 10-8 SEC record and have NCAA March Madness tournament aspirations thanks to solid recruiting class which ranks amongst the nations best.
Led by a talented crop of returning guards, Dazon Ingram (10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG), Riley Norris (9 PPG, 3 RPG), the coaches son Avery Johnson Jr. and forwards Braxton Key the Tide will be a handful for the it’s Canadian opposition.
Key a 6’8″, 220 lbs flirted with the 2017 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season, the Charlotte, NC native led ‘Bama in scoring with 12 point per game and was second in rebounding at 5.7 per game. The Tide will also welcome incoming red-shirt sophomore 6’10”, 240lbs Daniel Giddens to a line-up that returns four starters.
Alabama anchored by current NBA player Alonzo Gee (Denver Nuggets) last visited Canada back in 2007 and finished with a record of 4-1 against the same exact teams, dropping a tight 83-72 decision against the Carleton Ravens who have won seven straight Canadian titles including 13-of the-last-15 championships.
Carleton’s signature win over Alabama was only their second ever against a NCAA division one team after 16-game losing streak from 1999 to 2006. The Ravens current record against NCAA teams in Canada stands at an impressive 26-23 (.531%) record.
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