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MBB: Carleton stands tall in defensive battle with Western and improves to 7-0

Written by Andrew Savory, Carleton Sports Information

Photo by Valerie Wutti

OTTAWA, ON – The Ravens overcame a poor shooting performance to outlast the Western Mustangs and muscle out an 82-61 victory on Saturday night at the Ravens’ Nest.

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Second-year center Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) scored a game-high 20 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line, while also snagging 17 rebounds and swatting aside a shot as well.

GAME FLOW:

Like the Windsor Lancers on Friday night, the Mustangs came out firing on all cylinders and put the Ravens on the defensive early by racing out to an 8-6 lead after Marko Kovac hit a three-pointer to put Western ahead at the 6:48 mark. Carleton responded by finding Ekiyor in the paint, who hit Western with an array of post-moves that forced the Mustangs to put the 6-foot-9 forward at the free throw line where he calmly hit two shots. Fifth-year forward Cam Smythe (Vancouver, BC) sunk a fadeaway to give Carleton a 17-15 lead entering the second quarter.

Smythe picked up where he left by hitting a three early in the second. Guard Marcus Anderson (Brampton, ON) flashed his defensive capabilities throughout the contest and snagged one of his four steals in the game half-way through the second, resulting in a fast-break and an eventual Mustangs foul. Anderson’s energetic play sparked a quarter that saw Carleton outscore Western 22-10 and enter the third ahead 39-25.

Ekiyor scored all of Carleton’s first five points to begin the second-half. Ekiyor’s aggressive brand of play proved to be contagious as Mitch Wood (Guelph, ON) and TJ Lall (Cambridge, ON) hauled in 12 and seven rebounds off the bench, respectively. A three by Lall late in the quarter gave the Ravens a 60-44 lead entering the final frame.

The Mustangs scraped to within 13 points twice in the fourth quarter, but were unable to come any closer thanks to a scrappy defensive approach by Carleton that held Western to just 26.3% shooting from the field.

KEY GAME STATS:

  • Size advantage: The Ravens utilized their size on the interior to pound the Mustangs inside and fight for every potential rebound. Carleton outrebounded Western 57-30 (+27), including 19-8 (+11) on the offensive glass.
  • Grind it out: Carleton shot just 25-for-64 (39.1%) from the field and 4-of-21 from three-point distance, but managed to grind out a victory thanks to hot shooting from the free throw line, where they converted on 28-of-33 attempts (84.8%)
  • Capitalizing on second-chances: The Ravens worked hard on the offensive glass all night and made the most of their extra possessions by scoring 20 second chance points to the Mustangs’ eight.

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

UP NEXT:
Carleton at Lakehead
C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse – Thunder Bay, ON
Friday, November 24, 2017 – 8 p.m.

Photographs by Valerie Wutti: