Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, ON — Carleton Ravens fifth-year guard Connor Wood (Guelph, ON) dropped a game-high 36 points (11-17 FG, 9-14 3PT FG) as the men’s basketball team punished Morgan State, 113-62, on Wednesday evening at the Ravens’ Nest. With tonight’s 51-point win, and for a third straight game, Carleton set the new program record for its largest margin of victory over NCAA opposition.
The Ravens had twice previously set the margin-of-victory benchmark in triumphs over Wichita State (25 points) and against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (43 points) in recent weeks. Tonight’s win also marks the third consecutive game in which the Ravens have hit the 100-point scoring mark against an American college.
Carleton got off to a fast start, as Connor Wood was dialled in early, torching Morgan State for eleven first-quarter points. The opening period was highlighted by a Ryan Ejim (Toronto, ON) two-handed throwdown dunk over a defending Bears player. Morgan State cut into the lead briefly, but Carleton returned to its scoring ways late in the period en route to a 29-15 first-quarter lead.
The visiting Bears started the second on a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 31-21, but C. Wood kept the scoreboard ticking over for Carleton with a bombardment of three-pointers in the quarter. Ravens senior point guard Kaza Kajami-Keane (Ajax, ON) led all players at the half with 7 of his game-high 10 assists, as the six-time defending national champions established a 54-33 lead at the break.
Ravens forward Ryan Ejim, who finished the game with 17 points and 8 rebounds, continued to dominate in the paint in the third quarter, as his massive put back jam ignited a roar from the Ravens’ Nest faithful. While the Ravens’ offence was clicking well, it was the team’s defence that helped extend the margin to 86-48 through three quarters. Carleton held Morgan State to just 23.1% (3-13 FG) shooting in the frame.
With the game well in control heading into the fourth, Carleton turned to its impressive second unit to close out the game. Guard Joe Rocca (Sarnia, ON) made the most of his floor time with 12 points (4-7 FG, 4-6 3PT FG), while Mitch Wood (Guelph, ON) and Emmanuel Owootoah (Toronto, ON) each contributed 7 points.
Carleton shot 40-of-74 (54.1%) in the game compared to Morgan State’s 32.8% (21-64 FG). The Ravens also shot 18-of-39 (46.2%) from beyond the arc and outworked the Bears on the glass for a 40-27 rebounding advantage.
Morgan State was led in scoring by Tiwian Kendley’s 12 points, while reserve Antonio Gillepsie added 11.
Sitting at a perfect 4-0 through the 2016 Can-Am Shootout, the Ravens host two more Can-Am Games this August, as the Spartans of D-II St.Thomas Aquinas College visit Carleton on August 28 and August 29.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Connor Wood – Guard – 5th year – Guelph, ON
Carleton Ravens vs. St.Thomas Aquinas College
Sunday, August 28, 2016 – 7 p.m. @ Ravens’ Nest