Written by Taylor Prichard, Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
(OTTAWA, ON) — The Ravens picked up their sixth straight victory to open the OUA season with a convincing 88-47 win over CIS #6 ranked Western on Friday night at the Ravens’ Nest.
Carleton’s Gavin Resch (Ottawa, ON), a fifth-year senior, had one of his top games as a Raven by netting a career-high seven 3-point shots for 21 points.
“I felt pretty good (about tonight), but I also had three turnovers which is a bit uncharacteristic of me, so it wasn’t all perfect,” said a humble Ravens senior co-captain after his impressive performance. “It’s nice to hit shots, but all of those shots had assists, so cheers to my teammates.”
The Mustangs struggled out of the gates with a measly five points through the first quarter and just sixteen after twenty minutes – by far their worst half of basketball this season. Western shot just 17.1% (6-35) in the first as they were outshone by a Ravens team that came out to play. Carleton freshman guard Stanley Mayambo (Fredericton, NB) was on point late in the first half as he nailed three 3-pointers in the final three minutes of the second quarter to give the Ravens a massive lift off of the bench.
To complement their excellent first-half shooting display, Carleton was stellar on the defensive end in the first half as well, combining for a total of 5 blocked shots. The Ravens led 41-16 at the break.
Western was more aggressive in the second half as they showed the Ravens glimpses of the team that is currently ranked as one of the top teams in the country. Greg Morrow, Western’s star guard, contributed 15 points in the second half, but it was his Carleton counterpart, Gavin Resch, who stole the spotlight. Resch connected on 6 of 8 shots from downtown to outdo Morrow, and he received assistance from Ravens fourth-year power forward, Ryan Ejim (Toronto, ON) who added 12 points (5-6 FG) in the second half to maintain a comfortable lead.
Carleton guard Kaza Kajami-Keane (Ajax, ON) impressed the home crowd once again with 8 points, 6 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists.
The Ravens were in a pass-happy mood against Western as the team combined for 23 assists, their second-highest total of the season.
Carleton outscored Western by 11 points in the second half, but the Mustangs did improve significantly in the latter part of the game.
“[Western] are a good team,” said Resch. “They came back in the second half and if they would have come out a little stronger in the first half, it would have been a close game all the way through.”
“I am proud that we beat them, but there is quite a bit that we need to work on from the second half,” added Resch.
The Ravens will face the Windsor Lancers in what should be a competitive game to close out the first half of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#3 Gavin Resch – Guard – 5th year – Ottawa, ON
Carleton vs. Windsor – Saturday, November 28th, 2015 – 8 p.m. – Ottawa, ON (Ravens’ Nest)