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MBB: Ravens ground Golden Hawks to win fourth straight to start the season     

Written by Andrew Savory, Carleton Sports Information

Photo by Valerie Wutti

WATERLOO, ON – A torrid shooting performance from the field helped the Carleton Ravens sweep aside the WLU Golden Hawks 100-64 at the WLU Athletic Complex on Saturday night. 

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Sophomore center Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) shot an efficient 7-of-9 on his way to scoring 16 points in a double-double performance that also saw him pick up 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.  

Carleton looks to build on its 4-0 start to the season this upcoming Tuesday at the Ravens’ against the Ottawa Gee-Gees. 

GAME FLOW: 

Carleton struggled to find its rhythm early on, managing just five points in the game’s first four and a half minutes. The Golden Hawks capitalized and jumped out to an early 15-7 lead after Vincent Carriere hit a three-pointer to put WLU up with five minutes to go in the opening frame. Head coach Dave Smart responded by immediately calling a timeout and urged his team to regroup. Third-year guard Yasiin Joseph (Ottawa, ON) responded with a three out of the timeout and followed it up with another long-range bomb two minutes later to jolt an early Carleton comeback that helped the Ravens enter the second ahead 22-19. 

Point guard Munis Tutu (Windsor, ON) continued his impressive weekend by congesting passing lanes and smothering the Golden Hawks’ ballhandlers. Tutu set the tone defensively in the second quarter and picked up a quick steal and finished with an acrobatic finger roll to add to a 27-19 lead within the first minute of the second quarter. Tutu converted on three more layups in the second, including a highlight reel fast-break finish in the frame’s final seconds that put Carleton up 53-30 at the half. 

Joseph flexed his diverse skillset in the third-quarter by hitting free throws and jumpers with ease while also setting up his teammates. Joseph assisted a three by Mitch Wood (Guelph, ON) that pushed Carleton’s lead to 65-42 with four minutes left in the third. Joseph followed suit by canning a three-pointer of his own to add to his eventual game-high total of 20 points. 

The Ravens’ lead swelled in the fourth quarter thanks to a concerted effort from Carleton’s reserves and the punishing interior offence provided by Ekiyor. Ekiyor scored nine of his 16 points in the quarter while reserve guard Stanley Mayambo (Fredericton, NB) and forward TJ Lall (Cambridge, ON) showed off their dead-eye shooting to help secure a 36-point Ravens victory. 

KEY GAME STATS: 

  • Active hands: Carleton clogged the passing lands and disrupted the Golden Hawks all night long, leading to 19 turnovers and 39 points off turnovers. 
  • Near perfect from the line: The Ravens shot just 15 free throws, but made the most of their opportunities at the stripe by converting on 14 of their attempts. 
  • Rotational depth: Six Ravens scored in double figures, including three off the bench as part of a 41-point display by Carleton’s reserves. 

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

UP NEXT:
Carleton vs. Ottawa
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 8 p.m.