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Philip Scrubb & Tyson Hinz shred Wisconsin Badgers for third straight victory over NCAA D1 team

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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.

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“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.

Game Notes
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.

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Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada

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Alabama Crimson Tide Avery Johnson Return To Canada

The Alabama Crimson Tide led by former NBA Head Coach Avery Johnson, a 16-year veteran and NBA champion point-guard during his playing days will bring his highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide to Canada for series of games against Canada’s top university basketball programs.

The Crimson Tide will visit both Montreal and Ottawa for a three-game exhibition schedule against McGill Redmen (Mon Aug 7), Carleton Ravens (Wed Aug 9) and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (Thu Aug 10).

The Tide competed hard last year and took a step in the right direction with a 19-15 record, 10-8 SEC record and have NCAA March Madness tournament aspirations thanks to solid recruiting class which ranks amongst the nations best.

Led by a talented crop of returning guards, Dazon Ingram (10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG), Riley Norris (9 PPG, 3 RPG), the coaches son Avery Johnson Jr. and forwards Braxton Key the Tide will be a handful for the it’s Canadian opposition.

Key a 6’8″, 220 lbs flirted with the  2017 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season, the Charlotte, NC native led ‘Bama in scoring with 12 point per game and was second in rebounding at 5.7 per game. The Tide will also welcome incoming red-shirt sophomore 6’10”, 240lbs Daniel Giddens to a line-up that returns four starters.

Alabama anchored by current NBA player Alonzo Gee (Denver Nuggets) last visited Canada back in 2007 and finished with a record of 4-1 against the same exact teams, dropping a tight 83-72 decision against the Carleton Ravens who have won seven straight Canadian titles including 13-of the-last-15 championships.

Carleton’s signature win over Alabama was only their second ever against a NCAA division one team after 16-game losing streak from 1999 to 2006. The Ravens current record against NCAA teams in Canada stands at an impressive 26-23 (.531%) record.

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Calgary Dinos Thomas Cooper Senior Highlights

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Calgary Dinos Thomas Cooper Senior Highlights

Calgary Dinos senior guard Thomas Cooper had himself and impressive CIS/Usports career to say the least. The Chattanooga, Tenn. native, a 6-5, 200 lbs guard earned himself two first team All-Canadian awards while leading Dinos back to the championship game for the first time since 1966.

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No. 1 Carleton Ravens 81-40 lock-up rivals No. 2 Ottawa Gee-Gees

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Ottawa, ON – The twelve-time defending CIS/USports National Basketball Champions and No.1 Carleton Ravens went into Monpetit Hall and completely dominated the No. 2 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees, locking up their Bytown rivals with a blistering 81-40 win.

The Ravens, the top defensive unit in the country, allowing an incredible low of only 60 points to opponents, dominated every aspect of the much anticipated game holding Ottawa to four points in the first-quarter and thirteen in the second for a grand total of seventeen first-half points and 35-17 half-time lead.

The first-quarter ended with Ravens leading 11-4 as both teams slugged it out in front of a jam packed standing room only Monpetit Hall which hasn’t seen the Gee-Gees get dismantled like this on their home floor in 32-game OUA conference games – snapping home winning streak which dated back to 2012.

Fifth-year senior Guard Connor Wood caught fire in the second-quarter after a cold start scoring all but 14 of the teams 24 points in the quarter and finished with 16 in the half and game-high 19 points. Starting point guard Kaza Kajami-Keane added 10 points, six rebounds in just 19 minutes.

The Gee-Gees were limited to 6-of-32 (18.8%) shooting, 3-of-17 from the outside in the opening 20 minutes and managed to only connect on 12-56 (21.4%) of their field goal attempts for the entire game and only 6-of-26 from the outside.

Carleton shot 50% in the second-half and finished 31-68 from the floor and 13-of-28 from downtown while turning the ball over 9 times compared to the Gee-Gees 18.

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The 40 points allowed by the Ravens is their lowest against the Gee-Gees since a 74-34 smack-down in January 18th, 2012 at the Sixth Annual Capital Hoops Classic.

Carleton Ravens 6’10” freshman Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) and senior forward Ryan Ejim (Toronto, ON) finished one point shy of double-doubles with 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively, and shutdown the Gee-Gees dynamic duo of Caleb Agada (12 points, 4 rebounds) and former Ravens Jean Emmanuel Pierre (7 points, 6 rebounds). Gee-Gees Guard Brandon Robinson had a team-high 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting, 3-of-4 triples.

Carleton’s record  stays unblemished at a perfect 10-0, 16-0 against Canadian competition and 22-2 overall with the only losses coming from two NCAA opponents on the road in Rhode Island – Providence Friars 87-69 and in Philadelphia against LaSalle Explorers 79-73.

Both teams will meet again in just over two weeks (Feb 3rd) at the 2017 Capital Hoops Classic at the ScotiaBank Centre.

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