Written by Alex Kurial
Photo by Valerie Wutti
SUDBURY, Ontario – Despite a slow start, Carleton erupted for a huge second half en route to an 83-55 win over the Laurentian Voyageurs on Friday night.
Bucking the usual trend of fast starts from the Ravens, it was the home side that leapt out to a 7-0 lead in this one to take Carleton by surprise. A TJ Lall jumper would finally get the visitors on the board, and an Eddie Ekiyor free throw would get them within two. Laurentian responded with back to back threes to boost their lead to eight. But Carleton would slowly inch their way back, and an Isiah Osborne three in the final minute made sure they only trailed 15-14 after one.
Just over a minute into the 2nd quarter Carleton would take their first lead of the game, as another Osborne three fell to put the Ravens up 19-17. The Windsor man wasn’t done from deep, hitting another three right after to extend the lead. Osborne would finish the game 5 of 9 from beyond the arc as he put up a game high 25 points. The Voyageurs kept the score within six going into the half, but a strong defensive effort by Carleton limited the home side to just 12 points in the frame.
The Ravens jumped out to an 11-4 run out of halftime to extend their lead to 44-31, capped off by a three pointer from guard Munis Tutu. A personal five point run by Ekiyor helped maintain the advantage, before Osborne again connected from deep to run the lead to 16. Carleton took that advantage into the final quarter, where they refused to take their foot off the gas at either end of the floor. The Ravens once again limited the Voyageurs to just 12 points, while putting up 24 of their own after scoring 26 in the 3rd quarter. Fittingly the final Carleton points of the night came off an Osborne three as the Ravens improved to 13-0.
Hustle was a big factor for Carleton in securing the victory, as they outworked Laurentian 23-7 on second chance points. The Ravens also held Laurentian shooters to contested shots from deep, resulting in a mark of just 3 of 23 made threes from the home side. Osborne led the way with 25 points, while TJ Lall had a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Carleton is now off to North Bay for a date with the Nipissing Lakers on Saturday night.
Ravens Player of the Game: Isiah Osborne – Guard – 1st Year
Carleton vs Nipissing Lakers
Saturday, January 12 – 8pm
North Bay, Ontario