Ravens outlast Hatters as Wood, Keene lead

Holding comfortable double digit leads for much of the contest, Carleton Ravens used 3 consecutive 3’s from 6’4″ fifth-year wing Connor Wood to pull away for an 85-76 win over Atlantic Sun division finalists Stetson Hatters Friday night at the Raven’s Nest in Ottawa.  Hatters had trailed by as many as 15 early in the fourth before an 11-2 run including 7 points by 6’9″ center Brian Pegg got the game back to within 6 with just under 4 minutes to play.  However Wood, who struggled making shots going just 2-8 entering the fourth quarter, got free in transition, rebuilding a double digit lead for the Ravens before Carleton clinched it on the foul line late.  Mid-way through Wood’s hot-shooting run, Stetson Coach Corey Williams, who had been questioning the referees all night long, finally had enough and erupted, being whistled for a pair of technicals and was ejected with 2:22 to play.  Wood finished with a game-high 22 points including 14 in the fourth quarter while slick combo guard Kaza Keene added 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists, getting to the rim on a couple of occasions against an athletic Stetson back court.

Last night was the CIS/Carleton debut of slick 5’11” Emmanuel Owootoah, the Toronto Martingrove product who transferred back home after two seasons with Fresno State in the NCAA.  The quick, imaginative guard ellicited some oohs and ahhs from the sparse mid-summer crowd with several slick look-away passes for lay-ups and he was at home guarding the ball and getting into the lane to create offense, finishing with 10 points and 6 assists in 21 minutes.  Another newcomer, 6’4″ McMaster transfer Joe Rocca had a bit of rough start, missing his first 3 shots but did knock in a late 3 to provide Carleton with a 9 point halftime edge and finished with 9 points and 1 offensive rebound.

The Hatters have the makings of a nice team with a pair of serviceable point guards:  last night diminutive reserve pg Angel Rivera had 18 points off the bench including knocking down 3 3’s but Stetson finally began to exploit their advantages in the paint late with Pegg, a fundamentally-sound, back-to-the-basket post who proved he can score in this type of game when not doubled, which the Ravens stopped doing late given their big lead.  Ravens played small for much of the contest with no real consistently good matchups for 7’0″ Cam Smythe, who did not score with 6 rebounds.  Undersized 6’6″ Ryan Ejim also sat for long stretches especially in the first half and finished with just 7 points in 16 minutes.  Carleton remains a talented, deep team at the guard and wing spots however can presently be exploited by bigger, more athletic squads in the paint.

The Ravens appear to be able to play small with most teams, using hard double downs to turn difficult-check post players into passers (or turnovers).  Carleton is playing faster with 11 different players getting meaningful time last night and remember that prized 6’8″ redshirt freshman Will Kohler was unavailable last night due to injury.

Carleton hosts Wichita State tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM ET as the Shockers come to town off a resounding 107-58 schellacking of UQAM Citadins in Montreal this afternoon as WSU jumped out to a 21 point first quarter lead, creating 20 of the 30 Citadin turnovers before halftime en route to the easy win.  Wichita State shot 10-18 from downtown in leading by more than 50 in the second half.  Connor Frankamp led 5 Shockers in double digits with 19 points while 6’0″ freshman Misi Boye (Montmorency) led the Citadins with 14 points including 4 of 7 3’s mostly in the second half.  All-Canadian guard Kewyn Blain was just 2 for 8, finishing with 13 points and 4 assists in 21 minutes.


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