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Ottawa Gee-Gees awarded No. 1 seed at 2014 CIS Final 8 for the first time in school history

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Ottawa Gee-gees Awarded No. 1 Seed At 2014 CIS Final 8 For The First Time In School History

(Ottawa, ON) – (BasketballBuzz) – For the first in the programs history the Ottawa Gee-Gees have been awarded the No. 1 overall seed at the CIS Men’s Final 8 tournament. A night after shocking the No. 1 Carleton Ravens to win the 2014 OUA conference championship the Gee-Gees convinced the seeding committee that they deserved the No. 1 seed. The nine-time champions and three-time defending champs Carleton Ravens drop to number two after suffering their only loss of the season. The Ravens were also given the no. 2 seed back in 2011. As expected the Canada West champions Alberta Golden Bears secured the third spot and rounding out the top four seeds is the Victoria Vikes who finished second in the Canada West.

The McGill Redmen get the fifth spot thanks to their back-back Quebec/RSEQ championship and the St. Mary’s Huskies take the six spot after winning out the Atlantic conference. Rounding out the final two seeds are the McMaster Marauders who earned a bronze medal after finishing third at the 2014 Wilson Cup and the Saskatchewan Huskies who were awarded the at-large wildcard by also winning bronze at the Canada West Final four tournament.
Overall the eight best teams will be in Ottawa in what is expected to be another great National Championship.

Official tournament seeds

#1 Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA Champions: League 20-2, Playoffs 3-0, Overall 36-4)
#2 Carleton Ravens (OUA runner-up: League 22-0, Playoffs 2-1, Overall 34-3)
#3 Alberta Golden Bears (Canada West Champions: League 20-2, Playoffs 4-1, Overall 36-6)
#4 Victoria Vikes (Canada West runner-up: League 19-3, Playoffs 3-2, Overall 27-9)
#5 McGill Redmen (RSEQ Champions: League 14-2, Playoffs 2-0, Overall 22-9)
#6 St. Mary’s Huskies (AUS Champion: League 14-6, Playoffs 2-0, Overall 23-10)
#7 McMaster Marauders (OUA bronze: League 18-4, Playoffs 2-1, Overall 26-10)
#8 Saskatchewan Huskies (Wildcard: League 15-7, Playoffs 3-1, Overall 27-10)

2014 CIS Men’ Final Quarter Finals

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#1 Ottawa Gee-Gees vs #8 Saskatchewan Huskies
#2 Carleton Ravens vs. #7 McMaster Marauders
#3 Alberta Golden Bears vs. #6 St. Mary’s Huskies
#4 Victoria Vikes vs. #5 McGill Redmen

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Carleton Ravens set records in 129-44, 85-point beat-down of York Lions

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Carleton Ravens set records in 129-44, 85-point beat-down of York Lions
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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.

carleton ravens set u sports basketball records in 129 44 85 point beat down of york lions
Carleton Ravens set U Sports Basketball Records in 129 44 85 point beat down of York Lions

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.

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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.

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Kadre Gray career-high 51 points keep Laurentian Voyageurs unbeaten

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Kadre Gray erupts for career-high 51-points.

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.

Kadre Gray wins second consecutive U Sports MVP
Laurentian’s Kadre Gray U Sports Basketball MVP

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.

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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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