Written by Sam Lee, Sports Information Assistant
Photo by Valerie Wutti
WINDSOR, ON — The Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team defeated the Windsor Lancers 104-54 on Friday night, the 50 points being their biggest margin of victory this season.
Connor Wood (Guelph, ON) led the Ravens with 30 points and seven 3-pointers in just 23 minutes, also adding four assists and four steals in a marquee performance. The win put the Ravens at 13-0, yet to taste defeat in the 2016-17 season.
The Lancers started in control of the game, hitting four triples in the first quarter to lead early on. Connor Wood had eight points in the first to counter, and his three-pointer with just nine seconds left in the opening quarter put the Ravens up 18-16 going into the second.
The Lancers continued to go toe-to-toe with the Ravens in the next frame, thanks to Micqueel Martin’s second and third triples of the game early in the quarter. The Lancers kept it close until around six minutes left in the first half, when Connor Wood went on a personal 12-0 run, propelling the Ravens’ lead to double digits. Wood finished with 18 points and four triples in the second quarter, and the Ravens ended the half with a 20-point lead, up 48-28 on the Lancers.
The Ravens continued their dominant play into the third, starting the second half on a 22-6 run, 11 of which came from Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON). Guard Emmanuel Owootoah (Rexdale, ON) ended the third with a triple, and the Ravens held a comfortable 79-40 lead.
The Ravens bench played most of the fourth, led by Owootoah and TJ Lall (Cambridge, ON) who both scored eight points in the final period. The Ravens enjoyed some spectacular performances from key players, and they recovered from a poor first quarter for their thirteenth victory in a row.
Connor Wood ended the game shooting 11-for-15 from the field and 7-of-10 from deep, an extremely efficient night for the Ravens’ leading scorer. Owootoah played his best game of the season, scoring 17 points in just 18 minutes, including four triples on just five attempts from downtown. He also added four assists, four rebounds and two steals in an outing that is sure to have head coach Dave Smart sending more minutes his way. Ekiyor ended the game with 16 points on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting night, also adding five boards and two blocks. Lall and Joe Rocca (Sarnia, ON) rounded out the five players who scored in double figures for the Ravens, adding ten each.
Martin led the way for the Lancers with 14 points and four threes, but Windsor had no answer for the Ravens defence, shooting just 28.6% from the field for the entirety of the game. The Ravens more than doubled the Lancers’ rebound (44 to 21), assist (25 to 11) and steal (14-6) totals for the game in an all-around dominant display.
The Ravens will take on the Western Mustangs on Saturday January 28 (8 p.m.) at Alumni Hall in London, ON.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#10 Connor Wood – Guard – 5th year – Guelph, ON
Carleton at Western
Saturday, January 28, 2017 – 8 p.m.
Alumni Hall – London, ON