Ottawa, ON – Exhibiting a preview of what should translate into a CIS record seventh straight national championship, the twelve-time men’s basketball champions Carleton Ravens defeated the Wichita State Shockers 100-75 in front of loud and energetic home crowd at the Ravens Nest.
Four Ravens players reached double-figures led by the early inside play of senior forward Ryan Ejim (Toronto, ON) 18 points, three rebounds, a much needed third-quarter, three-point shooting barrage from Connor Wood (17 points, 4-of-7 from three) and Joe Rocca (11 points, 3-of-4 from deep) helped Carleton turn an intense playoff-like 47-47 half-time tie into their fourth largest margin of victory over NCAA Division I basketball opponent with their 25-point victory.
Starting point guard Kaza Kajami-Keane (Ajax, ON) added 13 points, 5 assists and four rebounds before fouling out with five fouls.
In only his second home game, newly transferred point guard Emmanuel Owootoah (Toronto, ON) who spent his first two collegiate basketball years at Division I Fresno State in California and most recently at Division II Lynn University (Boca Raton, Florida) was instrumental in the win over the Shockers who were a 2014 NCAA Final Four team.
“I didn’t expect to be this loud, it was a good game, they punched us and we punched back.
Owootoah created havoc for the visiting Shockers by dazzling and “wooing” the fans with his quickness and dribbling ability, finishing with 8 points, a game-high seven assists and team-high 29 minutes.
Carleton trailed 3-0 and immediately responded with six straight points by Ejim to ignite a 20-6 run and a 26-20 first-quarter lead. Wichita State, the current two-time Missori Valley Conference (MVC) champions turned to their full-court pressure and a late four-point play and buzzer-beating tipin evened the game at half-time.
Behind a stellar defensive second-half and improved shooting Carleton limited WSU to just 28 second-half points, buried 8-of-16 triples in the second-half after shooting just 2-for-12 in the first. Despite Carleton’s shooting struggles Head Coach Dave Smart who is back at the helm after a sabbatical year thought his team was already a better three-point shooting team than last year.
“It’s tougher for some of our guys to get clean looks against a quality opponent like Wichita State but I believe our team is a better shooting team than last year.” Asked to describe what the addition of Owootoah means to the program Smart pointed out to sheer speed and quickness and overall personality as perfect fit for his Ravens.
“He just so fast, having him out there is a big plus for us, his experience showed in a game like this and allowed to break down their pressure and get in the lane for open looks – his personality is great, I’ve always had a great relationship with him and it’s hard for me to get upset at him.
Shockers Head Coach Greg Marshall the 2014 NCAA National Coach of the Year wasn’t particular thrilled by how is team played and was visibly upset after the game, but also took credit for his inability to prepare his squad for the 25-point onslaught.
“They were a lot better than what I thought, Dave Smart is such a good coach and their guys played with a tremendous amount energy, intensity and desire to win, our guys did not, we need to improve on that. We are 10 practices in with this group and I need about 30.”
“We did zero scouting and they carved us up with their sets,” Marshall said. “Put some of this on me. I didn’t scout the team and I didn’t do anything with the 24-second clock.””
Carleton shot 35-0f-64 (54.7%) from the floor, 10-of-28 (35.7%) from three, 20-of-27 from the charity stripe and out-worked the more physical and taller Shockers on the glass, earning a 38-27 advantage. Wichita State struggled to find openings in the Ravens defense, resulting in 24-0f-59 (40.7%) shooting and only 5-of-21 from the outside mustering up a sticky 10 assists compared to Carleton’s 21.
Much like Carleton’s 32-point dismantling of the Memphis Tigers back on August 19, 2014, the 25-point win over the Shockers got the attention of media state side.
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The Ravens improve to 2-0 in NCAA preseason action after taking down the Stetson Hatters in their preseason opener. Carleton will get a few days off before returning to action against Arkansas Pine Bluff @ 7:00 PM.
Syracuse Oshae Brissett delivers massive Rack Attack on Miami Hurricanes
Canadian Freshman and Syracuse Stud Oshae Brissett added to his growing and impressive highlight package with a massive rack attack and facial dunk on the face of Miami Hurricanes defender. The Mississauga, Ontario native is averaging a 14.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and is amongst college basketball finest talents. Brissett has started all the Orangemens’ 27 games to date and has racked up 11 double-doubles in the process. A skilled 6’8″ forward who has stardom written all-over him.
New wave of Canadian Freshmen making NCAA splash
There’s a new wave of rising Canadians basketball players making an early NCAA splash. Below we take a look at freshmen players that are making their mark on the college basketball landscape. Like previous years, look for most of the names on this list to become household names come March Madness and a select few to continue Canada’s NBA takeover.
Oshea Brissett – Syracuse Orange
Brissett has been arguably the best freshman in college basketball. The 6’8″, 210 lbs forward from Mississauga, Ontario is beasting the opposition, averaging 13.6 points per game, including a team-high 9.2 rebounds (55th in all of the nation.) A true special talent, he has already racked-up four double-doubles in his first eight games, missing two more by just a single rebound. Look for Brissett to continue his torrid start to season as he helps the Syracuse Orange make a run at a conference title in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Although early in the season, Brissett is looking more and more like a true one and done prospect. Expect a green room invitation come June 2018 at NBA Draft.
Lindell Wigginton – Iowa State Cyclones
Looking for stability at the guard position? Well, look no further than Lindell Wigginton. A true versatile bucket getter, with major hops (38″ vertical), he currently leads all Canadian freshmen in scoring at 16.3 points per game while contributing in other aspects with 4 rebounds and 2.6 assists. The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia product is shooting a healthy 46.3 % from the field, 48.9% from three-pointers and has reached double-figures scoring in 7-of-9 games, including a season best 28-points, 7 rebound performance against Northern Illinois. Although, the tougher part of the Big 12 conference schedule remains, it is clear that in less than ten games Wigginton has solidified himself as a go to option in the fast paced Cyclones offensive system. Expect the 6’2″, 188 lbs guard to flourish all-season long as he looks to fulfill is long time dream of playing in the NBA.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker – Virginia Tech Hokies
Talk about talent. Standing 6’5″ tall, weighing-in at 210-pounds, is Toronto, Ontario freshman Nickeil Alexander-Walker. A diamond in the rough find for head coach Buzz Williams and Virgina Tech. The Hokies, traditionally not a prime destination for top Canadian prospects is seeing just how special Alexander-Walker can be early-on. The 19-year-old kicked-off his NCAA career with scoring outbursts against Detroit Mercy (24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and Citadel (29 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and is an integral reason for the Hokies early season success. A knock-down shooter (.529%, FG% .477% 3-pointers) with a 7-footer wing-span Alexander Walker is averaging 14.4 per game, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. A triple-threat he is comfortable handling the rock as well as, dishing off no looks, as he is scoring.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Kentucky Wildcats
It’s hard to talk about Shai-Gilgenous-Alexander (6’6″, 180 lbs, Hamilton/ON) without mentioning the aforementioned Nickeil Alexander-Walker. After-all, both are cousins, their names resemble each other, their games even more. What-else, they played, dominated and caused headaches for coaches as a dynamic high school back-court duo for Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, winning a State title along the way. Now they find themselves on the biggest stage of college basketball doing similar things for highly respected basketball teams. Despite coming off the bench Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 28.2 minutes per game, good for second on a team that also features a bevy of NBA prospects, including Hamidou Diallo, P.J Washington. A efficient natural stat-stuffer he’s averaging 10.1 points, a team-high 4.4 assists per game along side 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
Marcus Carr – Pittsburgh Panthers
A true floor general, Marcus Carr (6’1″, 185 lbs, Toronto/ON) has taken charge and ignited the Pittsburgh Panthers rebuilding offense. Carr’s strong play has propel the Panthers to a early four-game winning streak. The pass-first guard scored a career-best 23 points in a overtime win over St. Mary’s and has scored in double-digits in the five of the past six Panthers contests. Currently averaging 12 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds, including shooting a 48% from the field, 48.1% from downtown and Steve Nash like 921% from the charity stripe. Despite his size Carr is strong enough to finish through contact and loves to gets under your chin with defensive pressure.
Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils
Five star Canadian Guard Lugentz 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.
— Luguentz Dort (@luguentz) October 19, 2017
— Athlete Institute (@AI_Academy) October 19, 2017
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