Written by Alex Kurial
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens capped off the regular season in style with a high flying 107-78 win over the Laurentian Voyageurs at the Ravens’ Nest on Saturday night.
It was another patented blitz out of the gate for the Ravens as they leapt out to a 13-2 lead halfway through the opening quarter. Forward TJ Lall had five points including an and one conversion, while guard Munis Tutu started and finished the run while contributing six total points.
After back to back threes by the Voyageurs brought them within five, a Marcus Anderson deep ball in response kicked off a 15-3 Carleton run to close out the quarter. Forward Eddie Ekiyor scored the last five points to put his side up 28-11 after one.
The rain continued in the 2nd quarter, with threes from Mitch Wood, Isiah Osborne, and Tutu in the first half of the frame. It was then time for Troy Reid-Knight to go back to work from beyond the arc. Having already connected in the first quarter, Reid-Knight hit from deep on back to back possessions to send the Carleton lead to 47-24. The Vaughan, ON native added his 4th three of the first half in the final minute to finish with a game high 12 first half points with a perfect mark from deep.
There was no let up in the second half as the Ravens surpassed the century mark for the eighth time this season. Carleton hit a remarkable 16 of 28 shots from deep, led by Reid-Knight who connected on 6 of 9 as he notched a game high 24 points. Tutu also hit the 20 point mark with 21 of his own to go along with a game high nine assists. Lall (19) and Ekiyor (11) also landed in double figures.
It was a fitting evening for Reid-Knight to have his biggest game of the season after he had been honored on Senior Night with a ceremony prior to the game. It’s just the second season for Reid-Knight with Carleton after spending time with the Maine Black Bears of the NCAA prior to heading north, and he’ll be seeking his first Canadian title in his final playoff push. Carleton’s two other graduating players, Mitch Jackson (Regina, SK) and Mitch Wood (Guelph, ON) each have three titles (2015, 2016, 2017) to their names during their time with the Ravens.
Carleton closes the regular season with a mark of 22-1, once again good for top spot in the OUA. Having earned a first round bye, they’ll now have an eye on the first round of playoff games on Wednesday to see who their quarter final opponent will be at the Ravens’ Nest next Saturday night.
Ravens Player of the Game: Troy Reid-Knight – Guard – 5th Year
Up Next: OUA Quarter Final Playoffs (Opponent TBD)
Saturday, February 23
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON