Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, ON — The Carleton men’s basketball team put on a Can-Am Shootout record-setting display Friday evening, as the host Ravens pumped the visiting Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions, 117-74.
Carleton’s 117 points set a new school record for most points in a game against an NCAA opponent, while the team’s 43-point margin of victory also earned the Ravens an all-time program best against an American school.
Carleton exploded out of the gate in the first as seniors Connor Wood (Guelph, ON) and Ryan Ejim (Toronto, ON) combined for 19 points to build a 37-14 lead after one quarter of play. The Golden Lions’ zone defence proved ineffective against the Ravens, who were given plenty of time and space to create on offence and cement an insurmountable scoring gap.
With a comfortable twenty-three point edge over Arkansas-Pine Bluff heading into the second, Ravens head coach Dave Smart made the most of his team’s efficient start by utilizing eleven different players before halftime. Carleton sophomore TJ Lall (Cambridge, ON), who scored 12 points (4-5 FG) in the first half, came up with the highlight of the night as his emphatic fast-break slam energized the crowd inside the Ravens’ Nest.
As a unit, the Ravens had sixteen assists before halftime, with senior guard Kaza Kajami-Keane (Ajax, ON) leading the way with 8 assists. Second-year guard Yasiin Joseph (Ottawa, ON) had a terrific first half as he contributed 4 points while contributing 5 assists.
Carleton would take a 60-34 lead into the break.
The Ravens continued to dominate in the third, as fourth-year forward Cam Smythe (Vancouver, BC) demonstrated a soft touch around the basket, adding 10 of his 15 points in the quarter. The Ravens shot the lights out in the frame, going 11-of-14 (78.6%) from the floor.
In the fourth, Carleton continued to add to its total as the team cracked century mark for the second time in three Can-Am contests. UAPB’s Travon Harper got into the mix late with a filthy one-handed put back jam in the game’s final minute, but it was too little too late on a difficult evening for the Golden Lions. Of the team’s few bright spots in the tough loss, junior guard Ghiavonni Robinson hit for game-high 25 points (8-11 FG) against the Ravens.
Forward Ryan Ejim was one of five Ravens to reach double-figures in the contest, with his 19 points leading the way for Carleton. He also posted 4 rebounds and 4 assists in only sixteen minutes of action. Other Ravens players reaching double-figures included TJ Lall, who added 18 points, while Connor Wood, Cam Smythe and Joe Rocca (Sarnia, ON) each tallied 15 points.
The Ravens shot 65.6% (42-64 FG) from the field in the game, including a lethal 14-of-26 (53.8%) from three-point range. The home team also created far more second-chance opportunities, outworking their opponents for a 37-13 advantage on the boards.
Carleton had set their previous scoring high against NCAA opposition just five days ago in a 100-75 victory over Wichita State.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#45 Ryan Ejim – 5th year – Toronto, ON
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