OTTAWA, Ont. (from Carleton Ravens) – The Ravens asserted themselves in the interior of the Lakers’ defence and rode the energetic play of its forward group to a resounding 94-66 win over the Lakers, who had no answer for the above the rim brand of play personified by Carleton.
Fifth-year point forward Cam Smythe (Vancouver, B.C.) scored all 16 of his points in the first-half on 8-for-12 shooting from the field to go along with seven rebounds (three offensive), as well as two assists and a steal in 20 minutes of action.
After a Friday night loss versus the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, the 6-8 Lakers tried to get back in the win column in hopes of salvaging a season that began with bold expectations. They achieved an OUA playoff berth last year but faced an uphill battle against Carleton. The Ravens shut out Nipissing for the first five minutes of the game, while pouring in 17 points to fuel an early lead. Smythe scored eight of Carleton’s 22 first quarter points to help the Ravens enter the second ahead 22-7.
The second quarter was by far Nipissing’s best. Freshman James Murray was an unlikely spark off the bench for the Lakers, scoring nine points in the second frame alone in just six minutes after catching fire from three-point land. However, each time Nipissing struck, Carleton had a response. Every time the Lakers edged to within 15 points or less, the Ravens pushed back. A three by James Murray cut the score to 44-29, but guard Stanley Mayambo (Fredericton, N.B.) answered with a pull-up jump shot to give Carleton a 46-29 lead at the half.
Consecutive scores from Marcus Lewis and Murray brought the score to the 52-34 three minutes into the second half, but a nicely executed pick-and-roll between third-year guard Yasiin Joseph (Ottawa, Ont.) and forward Mitch Jackson (Regina, Sask.) put the 6-foot-8 forward at the free throw line where he completed the three-point play. Jackson did a great job of setting strong screens and rotating to the rim over the course of the game and finished with 14 points, 11 of which came in the second half.
The Ravens entered the fourth leading 72-47. Sophomore William Kohler (Winnipeg, Man.) checked into the game and showed off his developing three-point stroke, striking twice from long-range in the final quarter. Kohler’s high energy level helped pad Carleton’s lead and was integral towards the young forward’s ability to score all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter. When all was said and done, Carleton walked away with a decisive 94-66 victory to improve to 16-0.