Deeper, more talented Ravens defeat McGill to move to Final 8 championship

Carleton 74, McGill 58… The Ravens finished the first half on a game-deciding 17-3 run, breaking open what was a three point game midway through the second quarter to advance to another Final 8 championship game with a comfortable win over the Redmen.  Carleton locked down the Redmen during that span, holding McGill without a field goal during the run and getting out in transition, led by a three from 6’4″ Connor Wood, who led all scorers with 20 points including 4-7 from downtown.  Carleton also took advantage of 14 offensive rebounds, several of which resulted in immediate, momentum-altering kick-out threes that deflated McGill, which was reasonably solid in their quarter court defense.  Redmen got it to as close as 8 on multiple occasions in the second half but could never get over the hump to get back in it.  6’1″ Jenning Leung had 13 points including four 3’s while 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in what was a very tidy game with only 20 combined turnovers.  6’2″ Kaza Kajami-Keane came alive in the second half especially when McGill hung in, attacking the ball screen to finish with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists while 6’10” freshman Eddie Ekiyor was a force at both ends in the paint with 10 points and 6 rebounds including a two-handed slam in transition as the Redmen, usually a reliable defensive rebounding club were hampered by an inability to fully close defensive possessions.  Redmen struggled to consistently score, an issue not helped by a 14-23 (61%) effort from beyond the arc.  McGill will face Dalhousie in the Bronze medal game tomorrow while Ravens meet Ryerson for the tournament title.


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