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MBB: Ravens shrug off slow start to outpace Thunderwolves   

Written by Andrew Savory, Carleton Sports Information

Photo by Valerie Wutti

THUNDER BAY, ON – The Carleton Ravens showcased their defensive fortitude on Friday night and handed the Lakehead Thunderwolves their seventh straight loss of the season, 79-57.


Recently announced OUA Male Athlete of the Week and Ravens forward Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) showed no signs of slowing down in what has been a strong start to his sophomore campaign. Ekiyor poured in 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field while also picking up eight rebounds and blocking two shots in 22 minutes of floor time.

Carleton looks to improve on its 8-0 start to the season next Friday against the McMaster Marauders.


The Thunderwolves entered the game with an 0-6 record and played with a chip on their shoulder from the opening tip. Two free throws and an acrobatic layup by Mor Menashe kept Lakehead close at 11-9 in the first five and a half minutes of the game. Third-year forward TJ Lall (Cambridge, ON) entered the contest and provided high energy off the bench immediately. Lall swatted a shot within seconds of arriving on the hardwood and added two layups by the end of the quarter to help Carleton wage an early 20-15 lead.

Carleton’s lead ballooned early in the second after Ekiyor dropped in a baby hook shot and point guard Munis Tutu (Windsor, ON) hit a fadeaway three to put the Ravens up 25-15. The hot start to the quarter seemed to awaken the Ravens’ offence as Carleton outscored Lakehead 23-6 in the frame en route to waging a 43-21 lead at halftime.

The Ravens’ second-quarter momentum dwindled slightly in the third. Quincy Johnson hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 20 two and a half minutes into the half and Mike Theodore followed-up two minutes later with a three of his own to keep Lakehead within 17 points at 53-36. Fifth-year center Cam Smythe (Vancouver, BC) responded by calmly hitting a layup in the post to keep Carleton ahead 60-41 entering the fourth quarter.

Lakehead chipped away at the Ravens’ lead in the fourth and came within 16 points after a three by Nick Burke and two free throws by Jack Bull trimmed the score to 66-50 at the five-minute mark of the final frame. Carleton held strong, however, thanks to five points in the last five minutes by Smythe to solidify a 79-57 victory.


  • Suffocating defence: Carleton recorded 14 steals and forced Lakehead to commit 22 turnovers, leading to 27 points for the Ravens off those turnovers.
  • Block party: The Ravens protected the rim well and swatted aside seven shots on the night compared to one block for the Thunderwolves.
  • Free throws: Despite shooting just 17-of-27 (63%) from the free throw line, Carleton attempted 12 more free throws than Lakehead.

#42 Eddie Ekiyor– Forward – 2nd year – Ottawa, ON

Carleton vs. McMaster
Burridge Gymnasium – Hamilton, ON
Friday, December 1, 2017 – 8 p.m.