Sloppy Ravens pull away late over resilient Dinos

Carleton 85, Calgary 69… Ravens overcame an uncharacteristic 21 turnovers and 23 fouls with a dominant effort on the glass and a game-deciding 13-2 run keyed by a pair of threes by Moser award winner Connor Wood, pulling away late for what turned into a comfortable win.  Dinos fell behind by 17 on 3 separate occasions and twice clawed their way back into the game, the final time at 66-61 with 7 minutes to play on a transition lay-in by 6’4″ Mambi Diawara, who was Calgary’s best player in my view.  But Wood knocked down a three off a nice baseline set and then 6’2″ Kaza Kajami-Keene followed with an “and 1″ to restore a double digit lead and the game was never in question thereafter.  Carleton dominated the glass at both ends at 48-24 including 17 offensive rebounds as the undermanned Dinos front line simply could not deal with 6’9” Eddie Ekiyor, 6’11” Cam Smythe and company on the glass.  Ekiyor also made life difficult for Calgary’s 6’5″ Thomas Cooper, who finished with 17 points but went just 6 for 17 from the floor, struggling to get solid looks at the rim or beat the long, athletic Ekiyor off the dribble.  Diawara (16 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists) was active all afternoon and helped keep Wood to just 2 first-half points.  Dinos athletic guard trio of 5’11” David Kapinga, 6’0″ Jhony Verrone and 6’4″ Max Eisele did a fine job guarding the ball for the most part, creating enough ball pressure and deflections to help force 21 Raven turnovers, probably the most Carleton has turned the ball over in several seasons.  Carleton shot 14 for 35 from three but took only 7 free throws all afternoon against 28 for Calgary.  5’11” Emmanuel Owootoah was on fire in the first half, making 4 of 5 threes including a long, 40′ runner as time expired in the second quarter.  Calgary played without regulars 6’6″ Lars Schlueter, 6’6″ Dallas Karch and 6’7″ Matt Ellis all out with injuries and Dinos were humbled on the glass, wearing down late after a wonderfully resilient effort for the first 33 minutes of play.  Ravens now await the winner of McGill/Manitoba set to go in about 8 minutes time.


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