Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, ON — Carleton’s perfect regular season remains intact after a thorough team performance saw the nation’s No. 1 team brush aside divisional foe Nipissing, 102-59, on Friday evening at the Ravens’ Nest.
In what has been a common occurrence in 2016-17, the Ravens received standout efforts from their senior backcourt tandem of Connor Wood (Guelph, ON) and Kaza Kajami-Keane (Ajax, ON), who finished the contest with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Leading the charge up front against the Lakers was rookie Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON), who continued to show his game-by-game improvement by finishing with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
The Ravens extended their unbeaten run in OUA regular-season play to eight games, with Friday’s final score resulting in Carleton’s largest margin of victory this season.
Nipissing was powerless to stop Carleton’s potent offence in the first, as the Ravens posted 30 points to lead the Lakers 30-10 after one. Kaza Kajami-Keane erupted for 10 in the quarter, while Wood sunk two triples and jumper for eight points in the frame.
Carleton continued to be aggressive on the offensive end in the second quarter, as TJ Lall (Cambridge, ON) hit a few open looks to extend the Ravens’ advantage to 51-21 after two. Carleton knocked down seven three-pointers (7-13 3PT-FG) in the first half, making Nipissing pay for its 13 turnovers in twenty minutes of play.
With a 30-point cushion entering the third, the Ravens’ Smash Bros – Ryan Ejim (Toronto, ON) and Eddie Ekiyor – took it upon themselves to abuse Nipissing’s rim with an array of powerful slam dunks that set off loud roars of approval from the Carleton faithful. The Ravens would go up 76-33 heading into the fourth quarter, where the Lakers would see their evening end in disappointment.
Sophomores Stanley Mayambo (Frederiction, NB) and Yasiin Joseph (Ottawa, ON) made the most of their minutes with breakout scoring performances. Mayambo went 4-of-5 from downtown in the game to finish with a season-high 14 points, and Joseph tallied a career-high with 10 points (4-7 FG). Meanwhile, guard Emmaunel Owootoah (Rexdale, ON) impressed with a team-high eight assists to go along with five points.
As a collective unit, Carleton set season-highs with 56.6% shooting from the field, 53.8% efficiency from beyond the arc, and a generous 32 assists while only turning the ball over six times.
Carleton hosts the Laurentian Voyageurs on Saturday evening in what should be an intriguing matchup between the two OUA North division members. The Ravens will look to extend their winning streak to a nine games to start a season for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#42 Eddie Ekiyor – Forward – 1st year – Ottawa, ON
Carleton vs. Laurentian
Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 8 p.m.
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON
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