Ottawa, Ont. – (BasketballBuzz) – After coming up short on many occasions the Carleton Ravens finally got a signature win against one of the top dogs of NCAA collegiate basketball.
Fourth-year point guard Philip Scrubb (Vancouver, B.C) put together arguably his best performance in a Ravens uniform and perhaps in the history of the team by shredding the Wisconsin Badgers (B1G Ten) defense for a game-high 30 points and 12 assists, while senior forward Tyson Hinz (Ottawa, Ont.) added his third straight double-double of the preseason with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Carleton Ravens defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 95-82 in-front of a sold-out, standing room only crowd at Ravens Nest earning their third straight victory over NCAA Division I team.
The Ravens rod a hot start and used a 12-0 run late in the first-half to grab a 51-36 half-time lead, largely due to the hot shooting of both Hinz (18 points, 4 rebounds) and Scrubb (15 points, 8 assists) who combined for 33 of the Carleton’s 51 first-half points.
Sophomore Sam Decker (Sheboygan, WI) carried the Badgers offensively with an impressive second-half (21 points) performance and finished with 28 points and seven rebounds, connecting on 9-of-13 shots and 4-of-6 triples. Point guard Traevon Jackson kept the Carleton fans entertained with his 19-point effort, which included some jaw dropping crossovers to free him up for open jumpers.
Scrubb shot 12-for-21 from floor, nailed 3-of-6 from the outside and was a perfect 3-for-3 the foul line, while playing the entire 40 minutes. According to assistant head coach Rob Smart (9th season) this was Scrubb’s best game in his four-years with the team.
“Yeah and that’s a good defensive team, they are tough – every year they are a top 10 defensive team and he’s a helluva of a player.”
“The other thing he did well today, I thought he covered well, Brust is good player and he covered him for most of the game on top of handling most of our decision making.”
Badgers leading scorer (15 PPG/2012-13), senior guard Ben Brust was limited to just 4 points on 2-of-8 from the floor.
Legendary Head Coach Bo Ryan who kicked off his 30th season on the sideline, (13th with the Badgers) and his staff also knew they would be in tough against Carleton.
“Oh yeah we knew they were good players” referring to Scrubb and Hinz.
“Defensively we have rules and until you get into the heat of the battle you don’t know’em – You think you know em, and our guys found out an awful lot tonight on how we handle ball screens and handle pick and roles.”
Scrubb nickled and dimed, continuously exploited the Badgers inability to guard their patented pick and roll offensive sets by making the right decisions almost everytime, either knocking down the open jumper, when UW guards went underneath the screens or finding open team-mates for wide open shots and layups underneath.
“I’m pretty comfortable with the sets we run and I know the reads that are there and we have plenty of guys that can hit shots and finish inside, so I don’t have to make a great play, I just gotta move the ball.” discussed Scrubb in our post game interview.
The Ravens shot 53.6% from the field and only turned the ball over six times to hang on to a signature victory that will surely will rank at the top of the programs list, specially after several close margins of defeat against the creme de la creme of Americas finest collegiate basketball institutions.
Carleton who is in pursuit of their tenth Canadian University National championship have dropped close decisions against the Louisville Cardinals 66-67 in 2006, Kansas Jayhawks 83-84 in 2008 and most recently against UNLV 70-74 in 2012.
Ravens (3-0) will wrap-up the NCAA preseason portion of the schedule against the 2013 NCAA finalists Syracuse Orange on Friday. The highly anticipated match-up will showcase two of Canada’s premier point guards as Syracuse freshmen Tyler Ennis will take on two-time CIS Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Philip Scrubb at the home of NHL’s Ottawa Senators and site of the upcoming 2014 CIS Men’s Final 8 National Championships.
The Badgers (0-1) will continue their week long trip to Canada with date against the Ottawa Gee-Gees who took down TCU Horned Frogs in the opener before heading down the 401 for a trip against the Ryerson Rams.
Carleton played the game without Head Coach Dave Smart (15th Year) who is currently in Puerto Rico with the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team.
Dave Smart steps down as Carleton men’s head coach after 14 national titles
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.”
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.
“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.
Kadre Gray wins second consecutive U Sports MVP
Laurentian guard Kadre Gray took his game to another level this season.
That’s saying something.
A year ago, Gray was the top Canadian university male athlete in any sport, the first Laurentian student to win the honour.
He led the country in assists, narrowly missed a scoring title, and — perhaps by default — also won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as men’s basketball player of the year.
“Kadre’s work ethic continues to shine bright,” said Laurentian head coach Shawn Swords in a statement.
“He is always looking for ways to improve and refine all aspects of the game.”
If there was any doubt, Gray stifled it in his junior season.
He averaged 31 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game en route to his second consecutive Moser trophy.
“It’s an amazing accomplishment to do it once,” said Swords.
“And now, to be named MVP twice, is truly a testament to his willingness to learn and improve.
“The Kadre effect has spread throughout our community as well. It is great to see him support our local youth and realize the positive impact he has on everyone.”
Gray received the 2019 Moser trophy Thursday at a gala in Halifax, N.S., ahead of the U Sports Men’s Final 8 tournament.
University of Calgary guard Mambi Diawara, Concordia guard Ricardo Monge and St. Mary’s University guard Kemar Alleyne were also finalists for the award.
Gray was simply a cut above. He posted gaudy stats with notable efficiency, shooting 48.8 per cent from the floor.
He was also a First Team All-Canadian and played with Canada’s national team in FIBA World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers against Venezuela and Brazil.
Gray was the only U Sports player to participate in the qualifiers.
Other award winners:
Rookie of the Year (Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy): Alix Lochard, UQAM.
Ken Shields Award for Student-Athlete Community Service: Tanner Graham, Queen’s.
Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Anderson, Carleton.
Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year): Dan Vanhooren, Calgary.
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