Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, ON — The Ravens men’s basketball team secured a fifth straight victory against NCAA opposition this August with an 86-63 win over D-II opponent St. Thomas Aquinas College on Sunday afternoon at the Ravens’ Nest.
Fourth-year guard Connor Wood (Guelph, ON) had a team-high 17 points (6-9 FG/5-7 3PT-FG) to lead the way for Carleton, who will play a second game against the STAC Spartans tomorrow evening at the Ravens’ Nest.
For the first time this preseason, Carleton trailed its opponent after one quarter of play. St. Thomas Aquinas shot 53.3% (8-15 FG) from the floor in the opening ten minutes, going up 21-18 after the first.
Following a Dave Smart pep talk between periods, the second quarter quickly shifted in the Ravens’ favour, as an energized bunch worked tirelessly to control the tempo and shut down a talented STAC Spartans team.
Sophomore TJ Lall (Cambridge, ON), who finished with 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists, played aggressively on both ends of the floor, adding 5 points and 2 blocks in the frame.
The Ravens would regain control and own a 44-31 advantage heading into the locker room.
Up by thirteen points heading into the third, Carleton extended its lead slightly by way of a 40% shooting quarter, one that saw them continue to separate away from the Spartans. Connor Wood knocked down a pair of triples, while big man Cam Smythe (Vancouver, BC) came away with 4 rebounds and 4 assists in the third. The Ravens were ahead 64-47 with one quarter to play.
Carleton would close out the game with a 22-16 fourth, with an 8-of-14 (57.1%) shooting display.
STAC Spartans substitute Jonathan Lawton (7-of-15 FG) had a game-high 24 points in the loss.
Carleton’s bench depth was a key ingredient in the evening’s success, as the Ravens second unit put up 40 points to St. Thomas Aquinas College’s 29. The team also did a great job of distributing the ball against STAC, with five players accumulating three or more assists. Carleton dished out 24 assists to the Spartans’ 11.
The Ravens will play their final Can-Am match-up against the Spartans tomorrow evening at the Ravens’ Nest.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#11 TJ Lall – G/F – 2nd year – Cambridge, ON
Carleton vs. St. Thomas Aquinas College
Monday, August 29, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON