Written by Griffin Porter
Photo by Valerie Wutti
SUDBURY, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens faced a tough test on Saturday night, as they travelled to Sudbury to take on the Laurentian University Voyageurs, who sit just a few points behind them in the OUA’s Eastern Division. The Voyageurs played the undefeated Ravens strongly in the 1st half, but Carleton used an offensive burst in the 3rd quarter to pull away from the home side and secure the 95-69 victory.
The Ravens and Voyageurs played a tight 1st quarter, with the two teams trading blows back and forth and playing strong defence through the first 10 minutes. While the Ravens were able to score 22 points in the first frame, they did so on a low shooting percentage, boosted by 5 made free throws in the quarter. The Voyageurs scored 21 points in the 1st on the strength of 5 points from star guard Kadre Gray, and went into the first break down by just a single point. The Ravens, however, responded and took their defence up a notch in the 2nd. Carleton held the potent Laurentian offence to just 11 points on 5-16 shooting, and held Gray scoreless in the 2nd to take 40-32 lead into the half. The Ravens came out of the break on fire, scoring 33 points in the 3rd quarter while limiting the Voyageurs to just 14, and never looked back. The 4th quarter was almost even between the two squads, as much of it was played between reserves with the score lopsided.
Carleton was lead once again by 1st year guard Lloyd Pandi, who has now turned in back to back strong shooting performances, further cementing his role as one of the most accurate shooters from the field in the OUA. Pandi had 15 points on 5-7 shooting, and added 9 rebounds to his impressive night. It was another great night in what has turned into a very encouraging 1st year season for the Ottawa native. The Ravens also got strong showings from 5th year guard Yasiin Joseph, who put up 17 points, and 5th year Stanley Mayambo who joined the starting lineup and added 13 points.
The Ravens gained their main edge for the evening in the turnover battle, as they gave the ball away just 5 times in the entire game, while the Voyageurs committed 19 turnovers, which the Ravens were able to turn into 21 points. Carleton also pulled down 19 offensive rebounds, and were able to turn those extra possessions into 24 points, while Laurentian put up 17 points of the same variety.
The Ravens will return to Ottawa for the first time in 2020 next weekend, as they will play a back to back against the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks on the Friday night and the Queen’s University Gaels on Saturday.