Using a blistering 8 for 16 effort from downtown after the intermission, Carleton Ravens broke a 47-47 halftime tie, beginning the 3rd quarter with a 25-9 run to push to a resounding 100-75 thumping of Wichita State Wheatshockers, who were an NCAA Division 1 Final 4 participant in 2014. 5’11” Fresno State transfer Emmanuel Owootoah made life difficult all afternoon for WSU guards by continually getting into the lane to find teammates (8 points, 7 assists) and 6’4″ Connor Wood had 13 of his 17 after the intermission to lead the Ravens. As well, 6’4″ Joe Rocca nailed 3 second half 3’s en route to 9 of his 11 after halftime as the Ravens exploded in transition and locked down WSU defensively, allowing only 28 points in the second half. Owootoah, Rocca and 6’1″ Kaza Keene led the decisive third quarter run which extended Carleton’s lead to 16 late in the third and later the Ravens led by as many as 27 late in dominating a perennial NCAA tournament team. Rocca had back-to-back 3’s during the run to restore a double digit lead and Keene also added 8 points during the run, finishing with 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
Ravens started strong, dominating the glass including 8 first-half offensive boards to lead by 12 early as 6’6″ Ryan Ejim made his first 7 shots en route to a 14 point first half effort. But the Shockers locked down inside and got going in transition off Carleton turnovers to bring the game back to even late in the second. Ejim finished with 18 points while Carleton outrebounded WSU 38-27 including a 10-2 edge on the “o” boards in the first half. The second half saw a dominating Carleton defensive effort, outstanding work by Owootoah and the hot shooting that propelled the Ravens to yet another decisive victory over a top NCAA Division 1 team.
Carleton also got an encouraging effort from 6’8″ Mitchell Jackson, who has grown and added some strength to his game; he is much more able inside and with the ball above his shoulders – he had all of his 7 points and 5 rebounds before halftime.
The Ravens host Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Wednesday while Wichita State travels back to Montreal to meet McGill on Tuesday.