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2011 CIS Final 8: Carleton Ravens Flying High Again Defeat TWU Spartans, Earn 7th National Basketball Title



#5 Trinity Western Spartans 59 – #2 Carleton Ravens 82

Trinity Western Spartans haven’t played many games against the Carleton Ravens, and their lack of familiarity certainly showed. Carleton knocked down a total of 16-of-38 three-pointers (10 in the first half) to defeat #5 seeded Trinity Western Spartans 82-59 and win the 2011 CIS Basketball Final 8 Championship.

The victory marks the 7th time in the last 9 years that the Ravens have claimed the W. P. McGee Trophy and further stamped their name on the CIS Basketball record books.

Kyle Coston started the game where he left off against the UBC Thundebirds by knocking down the first two points of the game. Unfortunately for Coston and the Spartans that was their largest lead of the game. The Ravens forced Coston to the bench with two early fouls and Willy Manigat connected on his second three-pointer with .2 seconds to give Ravens a 26-17 lead after one. Tyson Hinz (2), Cole Hobin and Philip Scrubb all connected from the outside as Carleton hit six three pointers.

Carleton connected on four additional three-points in the second quarter and got 9 points from Elliot Thompson, including a personal 8-0 run to take an 18-point lead – their largest of the first half and went to the locker room comfortably ahead at 49-31.

Jacob Doerksen scored the first four points of the second half to cut down the Ravens lead to 14 at 49-35 before Will Manigat and Rookie of the Year Philip Scrubb dropped two more from deep to restore order.

The Spartans closed the lead to 12 points mid-way through the final quarter but never threaten to close the Ravens lead that swell to a game-high 23 points with 1:10 remaining in the championship game.

Tyson Hinz was named the 2011 Final 8 MVP and caped off a banner season where he was named CIS Player of the Year, 1st Team BasketballBuzz & CIS All-Canadian to along with his first championship ring. All of this in just two solid years of CIS Basketball.

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Elliott Thompson was named MVP of the Finals and joined Hinz, Doerksen, Coston and Jamelle Barrett on the Final 8 Tournament All-Stars list

For Doerksen this marks the end of a stellar five-year career in which he was named 2006 CIS Rookie of the Year, 2009 League MVP and multiple All-Canadians accolades. Doerksen will not have very fond memories of Halifax, The Metro Centre and the Ravens. As a Rookie member of the Victoria Vikes, Doerksen also tasted defeat against the same brand of basketball as Osvaldo Jeanty lead the Carleton Ravens to 73-67 championship victory.

Mike Kenny is the only graduating player for the Ravens and like many other former players goes out in championship glory.

Dave Smart has an impressive 20 game winning streak at the Metro Centre which dates back to 2001.

This goes down as one of the finest season in the Dave Smart era. After losing to the Saskatchewan Huskies at the 2010 National semi-final the Ravens put together a perfect season, well almost. The Lakehead Thunderwolves who claimed a fifth place finish at this years Final 8 tournament is the only Canadian University team to beat the Ravens at the 2011 Wilson Cup.

The Ravens other losses game against mid-major NCAA D1 competition, twice to the Cincinnati Bearcats, New Mexico State and Maine University.

Top Performers

Carleton Ravens
E.Thompson 19 Pts, 3 Reb 3 Ast, 1 Stl
P. Scrubb  16 Pts, 2 Reb, 1Ast
W. Manigat 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast
T Hinz 11 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Trinity Western Spartans
J. Doerksen 16 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast
K. Coston  15 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast
C. Westbrook 9 Pts, 2 Reb
T. Jackson 7 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast

Game Notes
Trinity Western was a miserable 3-13 from beyond the arc for only 23%. Carleton was out-rebounded by a large margin as expected, but gave 21 on the offensive glass.

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Carleton Ravens and Syracuse Orange set to tangle once again



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.

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Dave Smart steps down as Carleton men’s head coach after 14 national titles



Dave Smart Steps Down As Carleton Mens Head Coach After 14 National Titles
Photo: Edilson J. Silva

It’s the end of an era at Carleton.

The school has announced that Dave Smart, who built a dynasty that dominated Canadian university sport for nearly 20 years, has stepped down.

Smart has accepted a new role as the university’s director of basketball operations, Carleton said in a news release.

He will be responsible for “developing the men’s and women’s basketball programs and continuing to build a culture of sport excellence,” the release said.

“Smart will provide operational support, mentorship and technical leadership to the coaching staff of both programs, and he will work with the Department of University Advancement in fundraising and community development.

“He’ll also provide mentorship to other U Sports coaches in Carleton Athletics.”

Taffe Charles, who coached Carleton’s women’s program for 12 years and won a national title in 2017-18 will succeed Smart as men’s team head coach.

“It’s been a great run,’’ said Smart in a statement.

“Coaching is my second love, my first being my wife and children. I am very thankful to the university and I am looking forward to my new role.

“This gives me an opportunity to stay involved in basketball while having more time to spend with my family.”

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Dave Smart leads Carleton Ravens past Wichita State Shockers 100-75. – August 8, 2016 – Photo: Edilson J. Silva/BasketballBuzz

Smart’s 19-year tenure at Carleton was one of remarkable dominance, with 14 national championships.

He also won a record number of coaching awards and has been active as a coach with Canada Basketball.

“Dave’s success on the court has given Carleton great national visibility and we are sincerely grateful,” said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president of Carleton University.

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“I wish Dave all the best in his new role where he will share his ‘playbook’ with all our Ravens programs.”

Charles played on Carleton’s men’s team from 1990 to 1995 and began his coaching career as an assistant in 1995; he then served as an assistant with the men’s program from 1998 to 2007.

Since returning to the women’s program in 2007, Carleton won four U Sports Final 8 berths, four OUA East titles, and two OUA championships.

Carleton’s women’s national championship in 2018 was the first in school history.

“I am truly honoured to be entrusted as the next head coach of the Carleton University men’s basketball program,’’ said Charles in a statement.

“I look forward to the challenge of continuing the high standard of excellence that has been set by Coach Smart, his coaching staff and the players.’’

Carleton said it has launched a national search for a head coach of its women’s program.

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