Written by Taylor Prichard, Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
(SUDBURY, ON) — Despite receiving a stiff challenge at the Ben F. Avery Gymnasium on Friday evening, the Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team defeated Laurentian 87-67 to win its fifth consecutive game.
Connor Wood (Guelph, ON) and Guillaume Payen Boucard (Montreal, QC) were game changers for the Ravens (15-3), who took a while to pull away from Laurentian. The home side remained close up until Carleton’s third-quarter sprout which helped the visitors leave Sudbury unscathed.
Wood went 7-for-15 from distance and scorched the Voyageurs for 25 points. Payen Boucard had a very efficient contest with a 7-for-8 shooting night, while also converting on 8 of 9 free throw attempts for 23 points.
Laurentian kept Carleton at bay in the first half, something that the V’s had not been able to do in a match-up earlier in the season.
Former Raven Anthony Iacoe was a thorn in Carleton’s side all night – a clear indication that the guard was eager to put on a show for some of his former teammates. Iacoe scored 27 points while finishing 8-for-15 from beyond the arc, posting one of his top scoring games of the season.
Wood and Iacoe went back and forth in the opening twenty minutes, the latter scoring 17 points, while Wood went for 16 in the game’s early stages.
Carleton used a 21-8 rebounding edge to provide the the team with a 46-39 halftime lead.
The Ravens broke the game open in the third quarter thanks to a 3-point onslaught, courtesy of Connor Wood and fifth-year senior Gavin Resch (Ottawa, ON), which lifted Carleton to a 19-point advantage heading into the final frame.
Payen Boucard nailed a rare three-pointer to start the fourth, and he continued his impressive effort throughout the quarter, ending the game with six of the Ravens’ final nine points.
Carleton will close out the regular season in North Bay tomorrow night as the Ravens take on the Lakers (8 p.m.).
RAVENS PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
#10 Connor Wood – Guard – 4th year – Guelph, ON
Carleton at Nipissing – Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 8 p.m. (North Bay, ON)