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MBB: Carleton grinds out a win in back-and-forth tilt against Windsor

Written by Andrew Savory, Carleton Sports Information

Photo by Valerie Wutti

OTTAWA, ON – The Ravens endured several comeback attempts from the Windsor Lancers, but ultimately staved off a potential upset and grinded out 97-83 victory.

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Second-year center Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) scored a game-high 25 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the field and 11-of-16 from the free throw line, while also hauling in 13 rebounds (9 offensive) in yet another double-double performance.

GAME FLOW:

The Lancers entered the game with a chip on their shoulder, determined to hush a rowdy crowd at the Ravens’ Nest. Back-to-back three-pointers by Lucas Orlita and another three by Mike Rocca helped Windsor forge an early 9-3 lead. Carleton head coach Dave Smart answered by calling a 30-second timeout to draw up a play that would help get his squad back on track. Ekiyor answered the call by scoring six points in the quarter after the timeout, as well as third-year guard Yasiin Joseph (Ottawa, ON) and fourth-year guard Mitch Wood (Guelph, ON), who each hit threes in the last 28 seconds of the first to give Carleton a 30-21 lead entering the second.

Joseph showed no signs of taking a back seat in the second quarter after hitting two threes in the opening frame, adding three more to his stat-line by the time the halftime horn sounded. Joseph shot five-of-nine from deep in the opening half on his way to piling up 17 first-half points to fuel Carleton’s 57-44 lead.

The second-half began with the Ravens nursing a double-digit lead, but Windsor wasn’t about to give in. Consecutive scores by Anthony Zrvnar and Orlita reduced the deficit to 57-48. With the lead under siege, Carleton’s bench stepped up. TJ Lall (Cambridge, ON), Wood and Mitch Jackson (Regina, SK) ensured that the Ravens recovered from a sluggish start to the half and paved the way for Carleton to enter the final quarter ahead 77-59.

Ekiyor got things started in the fourth with a determined effort in the paint that earned him one of his many trips to the free throw line in the game. After converting on both attempts, Carleton had a 20-point lead with 9:50 left, but Windsor wouldn’t give in. The Lancers staged one final run that came within striking distance after threes by Rocca and Orlita brought Windsor to within 85-73 with just under five minutes left. Sensing the push, third-year guard Marcus Anderson (Brampton, ON) hit a dagger from three that put Carleton ahead for good 95-81 with two minutes remaining.

KEY GAME STATS:

  • Board patrol: Carleton took full advantage of its size and outrebounded Windsor 53-32 (+21 differential), including 24-to-9 on the offensive glass.
  • Keep it moving: The Ravens outlasted the Lancers by swinging the ball around the perimeter and found the open man as part of a ball movement clinic that lead to Carleton amassing 20 assists to Windsor’s 13.
  • Responsible ballhandling: The Ravens limited the Lancers’ opportunities to get out on the break by only committing eight turnovers throughout the entire contest. The Lancers were equally responsible with the ball, committing just 10 turnovers.

RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#42 Eddie Ekiyor – Forward – 2nd year – Ottawa, ON

UP NEXT:
Carleton vs. Western
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 8:30 p.m.

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