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MBB: Carleton outlasts uOttawa in high-octane tilt at the Ravens’ Nest

Written by Andrew Savory, Carleton Sports Information

Photo by Valerie Wutti

OTTAWA, ON – The Ravens and the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees traded punches in the early moments of what seemed like a tight affair, but Carleton managed to definitively pull ahead in the second quarter and never look back en route to a 74-53 victory on Tuesday night.

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Third-year point guard Munis Tutu (Windsor, ON) had his best regular season game as a Raven, cashing in 17 points, hitting three threes while also grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out six assists.

GAME FLOW:

The Gee-Gees put the Ravens on the ropes early thanks to a quick three-pointer by guard Calvin Epistola and a jumper by Sean Stoqua that put Ottawa ahead 7-2 in the first two and a half minutes. Tutu calmly responded by hitting a three and scoring nine straight points for the Ravens to give Carleton its first lead of the game. Guard Yasiin Joseph (Ottawa, ON) followed Tutu’s example by nailing a three of his own minutes later before TJ Lall (Cambridge, ON) hit a free throw at the end of the first quarter to put Carleton up 17-14.

Sophomore center Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) was his usual and steady self, banging down low in the post and attracting double teams from Ottawa’s defenders. Ekiyor used his footwork to convert two baby hooks inside to boost Carleton’s lead to 26-21 at the 6:25 mark of the second. Minutes later Ekiyor slammed home another two points on a vicious dunk off a fast-break feed from Tutu. Lall canned two more from three-point land before the halftime horn sounded with Carleton ahead 36-23.

Tutu got some much-needed rest in the third-quarter and Joseph took this as an opportunity to go to work. Joseph scored 11 of his game-high 21 points thanks to an array of drives to the basket that resulted in him finishing through contact, getting to the line, or stopping on a dime for pull-up jumpers. With Joseph at the helm of the offence, Carleton entered the fourth leading 60-43.

Head coach Dave Smart began reaching into his bench in the fourth quarter. TJ Lall played 27 big minutes overall for the Ravens and Stanley Mayambo (Fredericton, NB) checked into the game for the first time in the final ten minutes. Mayambo finished a nice layup in the lane off a hop-step that solidified a final score of 74-53.

KEY GAME STATS:

  • Dialed in from deep: Like their women’s basketball counterparts hours earlier, the men were locked in from beyond the arc, sinking 8-of-17 (47.1%) from three.
  • Cleaning the boards: Carleton outrebounded Ottawa by a +15 (37-22) differential.
  • Transition defence: The Ravens turned the ball over 14 times, but were able to minimize the damage by limiting the Gee-Gees to just six points off turnovers.

RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#13 Munis Tutu – Guard – 3rd year – Windsor, ON

UP NEXT:
Carleton vs. Windsor
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON
Friday, November 17, 2017 – 8 p.m.
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