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2011 Usports Final 8: Defending Champs Saskatchewan Huskies Quite Tigers Roar Advance to Usports National Semi-Final

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#3 Saskatchewan Huskies 91 – #6 Dalhousie Tigers 79

The Saskatchewan Huskies came out swinging in the 3rd quarter by increasing the tempo and forcing turnovers behind an exciting second half performance by BasketballBuzz POY Jamelle Barrett to send the Huskies to a hard fought 91-79 victory over the #6 Dalhousie Tigers.

Barrett scored 22 second-half points including some spectacular and dazzling behind the back passes to forward Michael Lieffers who finished with a monstrous double-double and dunked everything around the rim.

“He’s very key for us, we depend a lot on him to grab rebounds and defend the paint” said Barrett of his teammate after earning player of the game MVP.

Playing in front of an electric and energetic Halifax crowd the hometown favorite Dalhousie Tigers fought hard against a well balanced Huskies team as All-Canadian Point Guard Simon Farine and Joseph Schow worked the pick-n-roll to perfection earning the Tigers a 37-36 half-time lead.

Top Performers

Dalhousie Tigers
S. Farine 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 4 Stl
J. Schow 24 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Blk
J. Grant 10 Pts, 4 Reb
S.Veit 9 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Blk

Saskatchewan Huskies
J. Barrett 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 11 Ast, 4 Stl
R.Chabot 19 Pts, 1 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl
M.Lieffers 19 Pts, 17 Reb, 1 Ast,
D.Jones 10 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

Game Notes
This marks the end of a fine career by Simon Farine who failed to win a CIS Final 8 game, but goes out as a 2011 BasketballBuzz All-Canadian.

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The Saskatchewan Huskies will meet #2 Carleton Ravens in a re-match of last years national semi-final. The Huskies knocked off the Ravens 86-82 on their way to last years championship game.

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Carleton Ravens and Syracuse Orange set to tangle once again

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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

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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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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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