Written by Sam Lee, Sports Information Assistant
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, ON — The Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team defeated the McMaster Marauders 81-67 on Saturday night, improving their record to 5-0.
Ravens swingman Connor Wood (Guelph, ON) scored 26 points, including four triples, to lead the way for a Carleton team that has yet to taste defeat this season.
Kaza Kajami-Keane (Ajax, ON) of the Ravens scored the first 7 points for his team, sparking a 15-0 run for Carleton. Connor Wood also started the game well, adding 8 points in the opening quarter to put the Ravens up 19-10 going into the second.
The Marauders did all they could to close the gap in the second, but the dynamic play of Connor Wood allowed the Ravens a comfortable lead. Wood scored 8 points in the second quarter as well, putting him at 16 points by halftime. Connor Gilmore of the Marauders scored 9 points in the second to lead all scorers, but he was the lone bright spot for a McMaster team that could not buy a bucket in the first half. The Marauders shot just 33.3 percent from the field in the half, with no player other than Gilmore scoring more than three points.
The Ravens also enjoyed some tremendous play by Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) off the bench in the first half. Ekiyor made some huge plays on both ends of the court, going into the third with 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. After a Connor Wood jumper to close out the second, the Ravens led the Marauders, 40-25, at the break.
The third quarter was when McMaster started to gain some momentum, going on a 8-0 run capped off by a jumper by Matt Quiring. The Marauders also hit 7-of-8 free throws in the quarter, and ended up outscoring the Ravens in the third by a single point. However, the Ravens kept the lead in double digits and ended the quarter up 57-43.
The Marauders continued their strong second-half play into the fourth, cutting down the lead to just 7 points with under a minute left in the game. McMaster hit some clutch threes to keep them in the game down the stretch, shooting 5-of-9 from deep in the final quarter. Nevertheless, the Ravens managed to defend their lead, thanks to 7 more points from Connor Wood in the fourth, and the Ravens walked away with their fifth consecutive victory of the season.
Connor Wood finished with 7 rebounds and 5 assists to go with his 26 points, while Kaza Kajami-Keane ended the game with 16 points and 5 assists. Ekiyor did a little bit of everything for the Ravens in the win, racking up 15 points, 8 boards, 2 blocks and 2 steals.
Gilmore was the high man for the Marauders with 16 points, while teammate David McCulloch chipped in 11 points and 7 assists.
The Ravens will return after the holidays to take on the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in Waterloo on January 6.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#10 Connor Wood – Guard – 5th year – Guelph, ON
Carleton at Laurier
Friday, January 6, 2017 – 8 p.m.
Waterloo Athletic Complex – Waterloo, ON
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