The “Best” season in Ryerson Rams Men’s Basketball program continues…The latest chapter authored by what will certainly go down as one of the greatest Ryerson sports team of all-time, went blow-for-blow with the 11-time CIS Basketball champs Carleton Ravens – landing plenty of body shots to withstand a historic 73-68 win to the delight of a packed house, of perhaps the best fanbase in country, alumni and everybody else associated with the university.
Fittingly, it was Aaron Best (Game-high 21 points, 5 rebounds , 6-13 shooting) who thanked the home crowd for giving him the support after winning their first-ever Ontario University Association Gold Medal. After-all, the fifth-year Best is the only current player on the Rams squad who can truly tell you what “started from the bottom, now we here” really feel likes!
“It’s big for the university, it’s big for all of us, it’s big for all of the alumni, for all of the players that played here,” said Ryerson’s Aaron Best while wrapped in the OUA banner following the game. “It’s huge because it’s a testament to the work that everybody put in. Not just everybody on this team but everybody’s who’s played for this team since the beginning.” an proud Best discussed during post game.
After an early 8-2 lead Ryerson found themselves trailing 18-13 in the first-quarter and faced a deficit of 13 points at half-time as the Ravens dominated the offensive glass 9-1 holding the Rams to just 27 points in the first-half for a 40-27 lead. Carleton’s was paced by Connor Wood’s 20 points, 17 first-half buckets including 6-of-8 and 4-of-6 threes.
Adika Peter-McNeilly scored 12 of his 16 points in the third quarter, going 10-for-10 from the foul line to erase the double-digit first-half deficit by tying the game at 55-55. Ryerson, quickly grabbed the lead in opening minute for good on back-to-back jumpers from Aaron Best who fired-up the crowd and helped fight off a Ravens team so accustomed to wearing gold around their necks that most players simply refused to accept the silver.
CIS Coach of year, leading candidate Patrick Tatham and Rams will enter the 2016 CIS Final 8 Champions as the number one seed and are now just three-games away from their first-ever National championship and bringing the parade down to Carlton and Dundas. Now if that happens, you know the “6God” will be full be blasting down the speakers and who knows Drake himself may just consider becoming the Global Sponsor for the Ryerson Rams Mens basketball program. #Hotupinthe6
Carleton Ravens and Syracuse Orange set to tangle once again
Defending champions Carleton University Ravens will once again tangle with the Syracuse Orange in a marquee match-up between U Sports and NCAA powerhouses.
The Ravens will make their second trip to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 to wrap-up another jammed-packed 2019-2020 exhibition schedule.
The two schools first played back on August 23rd 2013 in Ottawa with Syracuse winning a thrilling 69-65 overtime victory as part of Syracuse’s Canada tour and the debut of Canadian point guard Tyler Ennis
The Orange also got the best of the Ravens, pulling-off a 88-76 win on November 2nd 2014.
The 2019-2020 will mark the debut season for new Ravens head coach Taffe Charles who takes over for Dave Smart who surprised the entire college basketball landscape by announcing his sudden retirement.
Montreal’s freshman Quincy Guerrier alongside junior point guard Howard Washington (Buffalo/NY) are the latest Canadian’s to suite-up for legendary player, turned hall-of-hame coach Jim Boeheim, who has been at the helm since 1976.
Boeheim is the king of getting Canadians in the NBA — having single-handily responsible for overseeing the growth of Leo Rautins, Kris Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Andy Rautins, and now Oshae Brissett and if it all pans out — potentially Guerrier as well.
Under the guidance of their own legendary hall-of-fame coach Dave Smart the Ravens played a Canadian record 59 games against NCAA teams – earning a more than respectable 41-51 record from 1999-2018.
The Ravens boasted an unreal and never to be broken 37-24 winning record against NCAA teams on Canadian soil but mustered-up only one victory in the USA — beating Providence 77-67 in October 28, 2017.
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.
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