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Ravens Overtake Western, 66-65, In CIS Semi-Final To Earn Place In CIS Championship Final Tomorrow.


The Carleton University Ravens Men’s Basketball team overtook the University of Western Mustangs, 66-65, in a thrilling semi-final at the CIS Final 8 Men’s Basketball Championships. In front of 7, 942 fans at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, the Ravens earned a place in tomorrow’s championship final at 4:00 p.m. versus the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

The Ravens began the game with a three-pointer from Stuart Turnbull of Kingston, Ontario, before going up 7-3 in the opening minutes of play. The Mustangs would sink three consecutive shots from downtown for a 9-point run and their first lead of the game, 17-9, with three minutes of play remaining in the quarter. Turnbull led Carleton in scoring with 5 points as they trailed by six heading into the second.

Western continued to shoot well from the floor to hold onto the lead throughout the second quarter, however, the Ravens would climb back to eventually draw level with the Mustangs. CIS 2nd Team All-Canadian Aaron Doornekamp of Odessa, Ontario led the Ravens with 5 points in the quarter as Carleton edged out Western 12-8 on the boards. Turnbull’s foul shot at the conclusion of the half drew the Ravens and Mustangs even at 28-28.

To start the third quarter Eliot Thompson of Fredericton, New Brunswick tied the game for the Ravens at 33-33 before Ottawa native Kevin McCleery gave Carleton their first lead of the game since early in the first. Thompson would continue to soar for the Ravens as they jumped out to a 51-46 lead heading into the final ten minutes of play.

Turnbull hit a crucial three point shot for the 55-50 lead before the Mustangs would respond with a three of their own to bring the game within two points. Western then scored from the floor to tie the game at 55-55 with five minutes of play remaining. After Carleton established a 7 point advantage with just 3 minutes remaining Western came back to pull the game within one point with under one minute remaining.

McCleery would burry a shot with 33 seconds left for a 64-61 lead before the Mustangs responded to bring the game within one point at 64-63. Western converted two foul shots to take a 65-64 lead with 4.1 seconds left on the clock. Turnbull received the ball on the inbound to dribble it up the court and sink a shot at the buzzer for the 66-65 victory.

The Ravens out-rebounded the Mustangs 33-27 in tonight’s victory. Carleton will face the University of British Columbia in tomorrow’s final at 4:00 p.m.

Leading the scoring for the Ravens was Turnbull with a game-high 19 points and 5 rebounds. Doornekamp tallied 16 points and a game-high 8 rebounds while Kevin McCleery added 14 points and 6 boards on the night.

The Mustangs were led by Andrew Wedemire of Sarnia, Ontario who totaled 14 points and 2 rebounds. Teammate Bradley Smith of Churchill added 13 points and 2 rebounds while Matthew Curtis of Hamilton, Ontario rounded out Western’s scoring with 12 points and 5 boards.

Ravens  13 15 23 15 = 66
Western  19 9 18 19  = 65

Top Scorers:
Ravens: Turnbull: 19 points / Western: Wedemire: 14 points

Team Rebounds:
Ravens: 11 + 22 = 33   / Western: 3 + 24 = 27

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