Written by Griffin Porter
Photo by Gar Fitzgerald
GUELPH, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens came out on top in a fast and loose game as they triumphed over the Guelph Gryphons 94-81 on Sunday afternoon. Carleton scored 94 points despite shooting just 44% from the field, and held the Gryphons to 81, even though Guelph also managed to shoot 44%.
The difference in the point totals came in the number of possessions, as Carleton had 12 offensive rebounds on the game to Guelph’s 6, which lead to 18 2nd chance points for the Ravens, compared to just 5 for the Gryphons. The extra chances on the offensive end meant that Carleton 77 shots to Guelph’s 63, allowing them to come away with the 13 point win.
The Ravens, who were once again missing start 5th year guard Marcus Anderson, were lead offensively by 4 players on the evening, with 1st year guard Lloyd Pandi leading the way once again, as he had 21 points on 9-13 shooting from the field, and added 9 rebounds as well. Munis Tutu continued his strong play of late, as he had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists and gave the Ravens a calm, steadying presence on both ends of the court. The Ravens also got 16 points from Tutu’s backcourt mate Yasiin Joseph, who pulled down 8 rebounds of his own, and 5th year Stanley Mayambo stepped up in Anderson’s absence as he added 17 points on 6-11 shooting.
The Ravens didn’t immediately run away with this game against the 1-4 Gryphons, as the two teams stayed relatively even through the 1st quarter. Carleton defended well and benefited from Pandi’s strong paint play early, as well as the athleticism of guard Isiah Osborne, who made his presence felt in transition with an emphatic block followed immediately by a powerful dunk.
The game stabilized from there, as the Ravens steadily grew their lead over the course of the first half. They were up by 7 after the 1st quarter, and up by 12 at halftime. The 3rd quarter saw more of the same, with Carleton outscoring the Gryphons by 2 points. Guelph staged a late rally in the 4th quarter, as they finally managed to get their offence going and scored 29 points, but Carleton still managed to score 28, and improved to 6-0 on the season with the 94-81 win.
After a lot of travel over the past two weekends, the Ravens will have nothing but home games until the winter break, starting next weekend when they take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves and the York University Lions in the Raven’s Nest.