Ottawa, Ont. – (BasketballBuzz) – Taking the floor at the newly minted Canadian Tire Centre for the first time since winning a record ninth CIS Men’s Basketball National Championship, the Carleton Ravens came up just short against one of the giants of NCAA College Basketball.
Trailing for the entire game the Syracuse Orange (ACC) fought back from a 15-point second half deficit to tie the game, force overtime and eventually walk away with a 69-65 March Madness like, overtime victory over the Carleton Ravens.
Sophomore Jerami Grant (Hyattsville, Md). shook off a slow opening half to score six of the Orange’s 10 overtime points and finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. Canadian freshmen sensation Tyler Ennis (Brampton, Ont.) in only his third game in a Orange uniform put up 15 points, dished out four assists and added a game-high five steals.
Clinton Springer-Williams (12 points, 4/8 shooting, 2/5 threes) set the tone for the Ravens as they jumped out to a 7-0 run and pushed ahead 15-6 only to see Syracuse settle down and respond with 12-5 run to pull within 20-18.
Tyson Hinz found himself free in the middle of the paint and score six straights points for Carleton to restore a 10 point cushion and forced head coach Jim Boehiem to call a timeout to refocus his troops.
The Ravens assaulted the more athletic Syracuse team on the boards by holding 28-15 rebounding advantage at the break and moved the ball extremely well against the 2-3 zone, specially in the first 10 minutes to take a 32-22 half-time lead against last years NCAA finalists.
Both teams had a hard time putting the ball in the net in the opening 20 minutes with Carleton shooting 9-for-32, 28% and 4-of-19 from three’s, while Syracuse also shot 28% on 7-of-25 shots.
The Ravens came out of the locker room fired up to take 38-29 in the opening minutes of the second half and found themselves holding their largest lead (15) of the game at 44-29 when Thomas Scrubb (7 points, 9 rebounds, 6 turnovers) and Connor Wood connected on back-back three-pointers.
Syracuse responded with a game changing 14-0 by limiting the Ravens second chances forcing turnovers and rushed shots to pull within one point at 44-43. The Orange later tied the game at 54-54 and took their first lead with 3:54 left in the game.
“They are physical, tough defensive team, as tough as anybody, defensively and there ball movement is a as good against our defense is as good as anybody.” added Syracuse Orange Head Coach.
“When you are down 15 against a good team on their home court, I think at that point of the game you’re almost thinking are you going to get beat by 20? I though we really dug it down and did a great job defensively and pulled off a pretty good damn comeback.”
Carleton Ravens 6’7, 220 lbs, senior forward Tyson Hinz (Ottawa, Ont.) racked-up his third straight double-double against a NCAA team with 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, six of them on the offensive glass. Philip Scrubb coming off a career-night against the Wisconsin Badgers struggled from the outside, going 2-13 but hit some much needed shots late to keep Carleton in the game.
The highly anticipated match-up featured two of Canada’s brightest point guard as Syracuse Freshmen Tyler Ennis went head to head with the Ravens Philip Scrubb, a last minute cut by Jay Triano and the Senior Men’s National Team.
“He’s good, he’s always under control, he makes big shots, hes one of the best players on that team” said Ennis after the game.
Ennis is highly expected to join Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team next year and Scrubb should also be in the mix given he was the only Canadian University player invited to be training camp.
Syracuse will look to close its Canadian tour with a perfect 4-0 record when it meets the Ottawa Gee-Gees at Montpetit Hall. The Gee-Gees (1-1) are coming off a tough 101-92 lose to the Wisconsin Badgers.
Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim became the third head coach to pick-up a technical foul during the Ravens four game NCAA exhibition schedule. TCU Horned Frogs head coach Trent Johnson was tossed after picking two T’s and Wisconsin Badgers coach Bo Ryan also showcased his displeasure with Carleton’s physicality and perhaps a little home cooking by the refs.
Carleton Ravens and Syracuse Orange set to tangle once again
Defending champions Carleton University Ravens will once again tangle with the Syracuse Orange in a marquee match-up between U Sports and NCAA powerhouses.
The Ravens will make their second trip to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 to wrap-up another jammed-packed 2019-2020 exhibition schedule.
The two schools first played back on August 23rd 2013 in Ottawa with Syracuse winning a thrilling 69-65 overtime victory as part of Syracuse’s Canada tour and the debut of Canadian point guard Tyler Ennis
The Orange also got the best of the Ravens, pulling-off a 88-76 win on November 2nd 2014.
The 2019-2020 will mark the debut season for new Ravens head coach Taffe Charles who takes over for Dave Smart who surprised the entire college basketball landscape by announcing his sudden retirement.
Montreal’s freshman Quincy Guerrier alongside junior point guard Howard Washington (Buffalo/NY) are the latest Canadian’s to suite-up for legendary player, turned hall-of-hame coach Jim Boeheim, who has been at the helm since 1976.
Boeheim is the king of getting Canadians in the NBA — having single-handily responsible for overseeing the growth of Leo Rautins, Kris Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Andy Rautins, and now Oshae Brissett and if it all pans out — potentially Guerrier as well.
Under the guidance of their own legendary hall-of-fame coach Dave Smart the Ravens played a Canadian record 59 games against NCAA teams – earning a more than respectable 41-51 record from 1999-2018.
The Ravens boasted an unreal and never to be broken 37-24 winning record against NCAA teams on Canadian soil but mustered-up only one victory in the USA — beating Providence 77-67 in October 28, 2017.
James Naismith Classic NCAA triple-header to feature big names
For the past 20 years NCAA basketball teams have been making the trip north of the border to take on Canadian U Sports teams in early August as part of the NCAA vs. U Sports exhibition series.
Now it looks like we are ready for the next step — regular season, non-conference games between NCAA schools on fertile Canadian basketball
According to multiple reports, and now
Sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame — the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (A-10) will take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big 10). The Buffalo Bulls (MAC) will face the Harvard Crimson (Ivy) and the Tennessee Volunteers (SEC) will square off against the Pac 12 champions Washington Huskies.
A total of six Canadian’s could be featured in the marque homecoming event including, Rutgers’ Eugene Omoruyi (Rexdale, Ont.), Harvard’s Danilo Djuricic Brampton, Ont.), and Luka Sakota (Oakville, Ont.). The Crimson also features Ottawa, Ont. duo
Omoruyi a 6’7″, 234-pound bruising senior forward is coming off of his best season — leading the Scarlet Knights in scoring and rebounds at a respective 13.8 and 7.2 per game.
Noah Kirkwood (6’7, 215 lbs) guard had a productive freshman season with 11.1 rebounds, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists as the Crimson (18-11, 10-4 Conf) just missed out on the 2019 NCAA March Madness tournament with a close loss to Yale in the conference title game.
The Buffalo Bulls’ are coming off their most successful season in the program’s history with an outstanding 32-4, 16-2 record and a six-seed in the West region.
The marquee match-up pits the Tennessee Volunteers against the Washington Huskies. Tennessee finished second in the SEC with a strong 31-6, 15-3 campaign for head coach Rick Barnes – bowing out to Purdue in the Sweet 16.
The Huskies, although not a traditional Canadian destination, will become the first NCAA men’s basketball team to make back-to-back trips to Canada.
In 2018 the Vancouver Showcase tipped off — bringing four NCAA men’s (Washington, Santa Clara, Minnesota, Texas A&M) and eight women’s basketball team’s to the west coast of Canada — marking the first time NCAA division one games played in Canada counted as non-conference records.
With Toronto continuously out-churning the mecca (New York City) and other traditional American powerhouses for quality NCAA and NBA basketball prospects — it makes more than dollars and cents — much like the Empire Classic — to ensure that the northern city that never sleeps has it’s annual NCAA regular season dosage.
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