Written by Andrew Savory, Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
HAMILTON, ON – The Carleton Ravens rode a first quarter surge that saw them outscore the McMaster Marauders 22-8 in the opening frame to an eventual 83-40 victory on Friday night at the Burridge Gymnasium.
Fourth-year point guard Emmanuel Owootoah (Rexdale, ON) had perhaps his best all-around game of the season in a 14-point performance that saw him nail four three-pointers, dish out three assists and collect three steals.
The Carleton Ravens came out firing on all cylinders on Friday night, racing out to a 16-4 lead in the first three and a half minutes of the game, capped off by a short jump shot by sophomore power forward Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON). McMaster’s Kareem Collins hit a turnaround jumper to halt Carleton’s run momentarily before Carleton closed out the first up 22-8.
The Marauders struggled to keep up with Carleton’s fast-paced style of play throughout the second quarter, allowing the Ravens to get out in transition for easy baskets. TJ Lall (Cambridge, ON) picked up two steals in the first 47 seconds of the quarter and added a turnaround jumper minutes later to help Carleton extend its lead to 27-8. Collins countered with a three-pointer to keep the Marauders to within 16 at 29-13 at the 5:49 mark of the frame. But it would be as close as McMaster would get for the rest of the game as Owootoah hit a three of his own to ignite a 16-8 Carleton run that helped the Ravens wage a 45-21 lead heading into halftime.
McMaster came out in the second-half determined to cut into the 24-point deficit, but Carleton had an answer for each of the Marauders’ baskets. Ekiyor was a force on the offensive glass throughout the game, picking up two of his three offensive rebounds on the night in a sequence at the 7:31 mark that saw him deposit an impressive put-back lay-in. The Ravens kept their foot on the gas throughout the quarter and Owootoah finished the frame with a buzzer beating three-pointer to put Carleton on top 68-32 entering the fourth.
Well-ahead, Carleton head coach Dave Smart used the opportunity to rest his starters and give solid minutes to productive bench contributors like Mitch Jackson (Regina, SK). Jackson played the entire quarter and responded with 10 points on an impressive 4-for-5 from the field to go along with two steals. Jackson’s high-energy style of defence was infectious as the Ravens allowed the Marauders to score just eight points in the final frame.
Carleton heads to Hamilton on Saturday to take on the 9-1 Brock Badgers in a marquee OUA matchup between the two top-ranked teams in Canada.
KEY GAME STATS:
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#5 Emmanuel Owootoah – Point Guard – 4th year – Rexdale, ON
Carleton vs. Brock
Meridian Centre – St. Catharines, ON
Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 8 p.m.