Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Waterloo Athletics
WATERLOO, ON — It was business as usual for the Ravens men’s basketball team on Saturday evening, as Carleton won its seventh regular-season game in a row with a 101-60 triumph over the Waterloo Warriors at the PAC Gymnasium.
For a second consecutive game, the Ravens had an offensive explosion of more than 100 points en route to victory. Connor Wood (Guelph, ON) led the team with 22 points (7-18 FG), while senior guard Kaza Kajami-Keane (Ajax, ON) packed the stat sheet with 13 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
The Ravens had an extraordinary start, pasting 31 points on the Warriors in the first to lead 31-16 after one. Carleton went on a 14-0 run to begin the game with Wood and Kajami-Keane leading the way. The Ravens were deadly from beyond the arc in the opening ten minutes, converting on six three-point plays in the quarter, including two from guard Joe Rocca (Sarnia, ON).
Carleton’s tempo slowed in the second, but a pair of triples from Connor Wood ensured the Ravens would hold a comfortable halftime advantage, 52-30, over the OUA West’s Warriors. Wood’s 19 first-half points (4-8 3PT-FG) led the way as Carleton shot 48.6% from the floor and 52.6% (10-16 3PT-FG) from distance in the first half.
With a substantial lead in hand, Carleton continued to add to their margin in the second half. Mitch Wood (Guelph, ON) got in on the action in the third by knocking down a few jumpers early in the quarter to help sustain the Ravens’ double-digit score after three.
Ahead 68-34 with one period remaining, a lethal offensive display by Carleton continued to click against Waterloo, whose scoring defence ranked near the bottom of the league coming into the matchup. The Ravens tallied 31 points in the fourth, including eight points from rookie Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON), to deliver the knockout blow.
Carleton shot 45.9% (17-37 3PT-FG) from downtown, a season high, against Waterloo, and received a massive 50-point contribution from its bench. The Ravens dominated possession as well, outrebounding the Warriors 55-26 on the night.
Eddie Ekiyor earned his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, while veteran forward Cam Smythe (Vancouver, BC) finished with season highs of eight points and eight rebounds.
The Ravens (7-0) remain undefeated in the regular season and will now prepare for the arrival of two division rivals – Nipissing (Jan. 13) and Laurentian (Jan. 14) – who both sit at 4-6 and hold playoff aspirations.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#41 Kaza Kajami-Keane – Guard – 5th year – Ajax, ON
Carleton vs. Nipissing
Friday, January 13, 2017 – 8 p.m.
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON