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.
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.
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.
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RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#42 Eddie Ekiyor – Forward – 2nd year – Ottawa, ON
Carleton vs. Western
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 8:30 p.m.
Photographs by Valerie Wutti: