Ottawa, ON – It took five tries and nearly ten years but the Carleton Ravens can finally say they have defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats and Head Coach Mick Cronin.
Paced by three third-year players including the lethal penetration of guard Munis Tutu (Windsor, Ont.) and the stellar inside play of 6’9″ forward Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, Ont.) the Ravens knocked-off the Bearcats 86-67 clinching their first win of the 2018-18 season and their first over Cincinnati since both teams started exchanging pleasantries back in 2008.
Taking the floor since earning a Bronze Medal at the 2018 U Sports Final 8 and snapping their seven-year strangle hold of the WP. McGee trophy, as Canada’s best university team, the Ravens looked sharp and active early on as they fought-off a rebounding onslaught in the first quarter (11-4) to break open a 20-20 first-quarter tie by limiting the visiting Bearcats to just nine second-quarter points.
Eddie Ekiyor a former four-star recruit with the Xavier Musketeers continued to dominate NCAA division I opposition posting 26 points, in 26 minutes including a near-perfect 13-of-15 stat-line from the floor. The 6’9″ Ekiyor dominated the much bigger Bearcats scoring 12 points in the fourth-quarter on his way to game-high honors.
“It’s our first game, we just wanted to come-out and play hard and do everything we can to get the season started the right way, and it went well. I think our guards did a lot to get in the paint and played really well, defensively we got to keep getting better.” discussed Ekiyor.
Munis Tutu’s 21-point, 5 assist, 1 turnover effort on 7-of-13 shooting and 5-of-7 triples against an experienced trio of Bearcats guards (Cane Broome, Keith Williams, Trevon Scott) was an eye opener. Munis Tutu did a fantastic job handling the Bearcats pressure and continuously made Cincinnati pay inside and outside regardless of who they put on him. His monstrous mid-second quarter dunk attempt over several Bearcats defenders surprised everybody in attendance and energized his team, helping Carleton rip-off a 16-5 run and take a 41-29 half-time lead.
“We knew they were going to be switching a lot so we were either going to go high-low or 1-4 and if I got a big on me, I just had to penetrate, try to get dish-offs and make good plays and good shots and we did a good job executing, and it shows on the scoreboard.” kindly spoke Munis during post game.
As for his dunk attempt, and as if dealing with his speed wasn’t already enough, apparently opponents will also have to watch-out below or end-up on a poster – “We been working in the weight room and all of those leg workouts – it shows on that dunk attempt. I wish I could’ve got it, but we got that win, that’s all I’m happy about.” added Munis
Ravens 6’6″ forward T.J Lall (Cambridge, Ont.) looked active on both ends kicking off his junior campaign in fine fashion, notching a 16-point and game-high 11 rebound double-double.
Bearcats Jarron Cumberland (12 points, 3 steals) was largely held in check for most of the game as Carleton rotated multiple players against the Bearcats highly touted guard. Keith Williams added 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and Cane Broome finished with 10 points.
The Bearcats are a year removed from a No. 2 seed at the 2018 March Madness tournament and now drop to 1-1 in their 2018 Canadian tour with one game remaining against the McGill Redmen in Montreal.
Like many previous American teams playing under FIBA rules (24-second shot clock and 10 minute quarters), rather than the traditional slower pace 35-second shot clock, the Bearcats had a difficult time handling the pace of the game and failed to show any consistency with their outside shooting, going only 3-for-10. Carleton connected on 10-of-21 from three-pointers led by Munis five and Lall’s additional 2-of-4 shooting.
Prior to tonight’s win, the Ravens had lost four times to theBearcats with three of those losses coming on the road in Ohio.
Familiar foe #Cincinnati Bearcats (4-0 vs. #Carleton Ravens 64-54 W, 2008, 87-70 W, 2010, 89-57 W, 2010 & 77-63 W, 2013) make their first trip back to Nations Capital Since September 4 2010. #NCAA #USPORTS
The Carleton Ravens are currently on seven-game winning streak over NCAA division one teams, their longest in the program’s history and have dropped only one game against NCAA teams in their last twelve outings – earnings big wins over Alabama, Vanderbilt, Providence, Cincinnati and more. The 19-point margin of victory ranks amongst the best against major DI teams. Carleton beat Wichita State by 25 points in 2016 and torched the Memphis Tigers by 32 back in 2014. Their largest beat-down was a 51-point drumming of Morgan State Bears and Arkansas Pine-Bluff catching a 43 points also coming in 2016.
The Ravens played without the services of Isiah Osborne, a late season impact recruit which comes back to Canada after a stint with the Utep Miners. Osborne a native of Windsor, Ontario played one season of USPORTS basketball before being snagged away the Miners in a controversial recruiting that saw the 6’5 guard sit out a year and average 9.4 points per game and 3.7 assists appearing in 29 of 31 games while earning 19 starts. Osborne should be available for the 2018 House Laughton tournament in October 2018.
Other noticeable absences included guard OUA conference first-team Guard Yasiin Joseph (14 PPG) who was seen on the bench wearing medical walking boot. Also absent was guard Emmanuel Owootoah who didn’t dress for game. Troy Reid Knight, yet another division one transfer didn’t dress as well.
With key additional pieces still missing and the mindset of “trusting their coach” and “coming out hungry every game” Carleton looks poised return to the top of the podium with a well balanced veteran roster that could very well once again run the table against both USA and Canadian teams.
Carleton Ravens set records in 129-44, 85-point beat-down of York Lions
The No. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens improved to 16-2 overall and 8-0 in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference action with a 129-44 — 85 point beat-down of the York Lions to set a modern-day U Sports men’s basketball record, for most points scored and the largest margin of victory in a OUA conference game.
The Ravens’ 129 points is the most points scored in a (OUA) game and the third highest scoring output in historic programs’ 58-year history. Carleton routed the Fleming Knights (CCAA/OCAA) 130-78 in non-conference win on October 3, 2009. The 85-point win is the second largest margin of victory in team’s history — including CIAU, CIS, OUA conference, non-conference and games against NCAA teams.
According to historic records, and stats guru Martin Timmerman, the Ravens’ also hold the bragging rights for the most points scored and largest margin of victory in Canadian university basketball history. The all-time mark dates back to the 1964-1965 season with the Ravens’ beating the Ottawa Gee-Gees 144-52 — a whooping 92 point victory in the old Ottawa-St. Lawrence Intercollegiate Association (IAA) conference which was part of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU).
The OUA was formed on July 1st of 1997 in a amalgamation of the both the Ontario Universities Athletic Association (OUAA) and the Ontario Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Association (OWIAA).
The previous largest OUA margin of victory stood firmly at 81, 77 points respectively, dating back to two occasions involving the same two teams. January 15, 2011 — the Ravens pounded the now defunct Royal Military College (RMC) men’s basketball program with a 121-40 win in Kingston, Ontario. Two weeks later, on January 28, in Ottawa, the Ravens’ won by a easy 77 points, in a 101-24 cake walk victory.
The York Lions (7-15, 1-10 OUA) never had a chance — trailing 32-7 after the first 10 minutes and down 64-21 at half-time. The Lions allowed the Ravens’ to outscored them 35-15 in the third-quarter and were limited to just 9 points in the final 10 minutes — while giving-up an another 35-point-quarter.
Stanley Mayambo 17 points, 4 rebounds paced seven Ravens’ players in double-figures. Lloyd Pandi added 14 points, 2 rebounds. Aiden Warnholtz played a game-high 28 minutes off the bench and contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. All of Carleton’s players scored at least five points and attempted at least five shots with only one bench player logging less then 10 minutes of playing time. None of the Carleton’s starting five logged more than 19 minutes of action.
Carleton knocked down 45-of-77 (58.4%) field-goals, made 15-of-32 (46.5%) three-pointers and connected on a healthy 24-30 (80%) from free-throws — while limiting the Lions to just 14-of-62 (22.6%), 4-of-20% (20%) from downtown and 12-of-23 (52%) free-throws.
Carleton, currently on a four-game home stretch will take on the Nipissing Lakers before closing out the first semester with a highly anticipated showdown against nationally ranked and cross-town rival Ottawa Gee-Gees.
Kadre Gray career-high 51 points keep Laurentian Voyageurs unbeaten
Kadre Gray scored a career-high 51 points as the Laurentian Voyageurs (4-0) stayed unbeaten with 107-77 win over the Algoma Thunderbirds. The reigning two-time U Sports Most Valuable Player (MVP) torched Algoma — shooting 17-for-24 (70.8%) from the floor and burying 9-of-15 (60%) triples including 8-of-12 (66%) from the foul line — adding 9 assists and 2 steals in 32 minutes.
Gray scored 14 points in the opening quarter and added 11 more in the second-quarter to finish the half with 25 points as Laurentian trailed the Thunderbirds 51-46. The former Rookie of the Year (2016-17) added to his count with 10 more in the middle frame helping Laurentian rally to take a 74-69 lead.
The Toronto, Ontario native doubled-up the Thunderbirds in the fourth quarter — scoring 16 points in 10 minutes as Laurentian outscored Algoma 33-8 to run away with the game.
Gray has been on a tear to start the 2019-2020 U Sports men’s basketball season pouring 40 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists in a win over the Bishop Gaiters just four days ago. The two-time first-team All-Canadian also racked-up 25 points against the Western Mustangs and 19 points in the preseason opener over the Waterloo Warriors.
Gray is currently averaging 33.7 points per game, slightly higher than the league-leading 31 points per game a year ago. Gray’s previous career-high was a 48-point game in 101-81 win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves on November 3rd 2018.
Kadre Gray on pace to become U Sports All-Time Scorer
With two years of eligibility remaining and currently sitting at 1549 career points the Laurentian guard is on pace to surpass UNB Reds standout Javon Masters to become the all-time greatest scorer in U Sports basketball men’s history.
Masters had 1608 entering his junior year and scored 799 in his final two campaigns to finish with 2407 career points — surpassing Ryerson’s Boris Bakovic’s 2319 total points. Kadre Gray scored 620 points in 20 regular season games last year alone and should he come anywhere near that pace this year and opt to return for a final fifth-year he could shatter the mark.
The four-year stand-out guard is coming off a stellar season and opted to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft and will once again look to make his mark on Canadian University basketball.
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