Carleton named twice in top 50 Ottawa sports moments

Joining the wave of Canada 150 celebrations across Canada, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame revealed the top 50 moments in Ottawa’s sports history at its yearly induction gala on June 2. Carleton was mentioned in two of the top 50 moments, etching Carleton’s athletic feats into the city’s history. The moments chosen were the Ravens men’s basketball championship dominance and the first-ever Panda Game in 1955. Ranked as number 13 on the list, the tradition began when a University of Ottawa student donated a stuffed panda bear named Pedro to be used as the trophy for the annual football game between the rival schools. Following a 14-year absence after the Ravens football program was cut in 1998, the rivalry […]

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Men’s basketball remains undefeated

The Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team continued their undefeated start to the season on Dec. 2 with a 80-68 win over the Brock Badgers in front of a packed crowd at the Ravens’ Nest. In a night that was far from perfect, Carleton still did enough to move to 4-0 on the season. In the first half, miscommunication by players often led to turnovers and backcourt violations, with passes being intercepted by Brock, or thrown out of bounds. The first half also saw the Ravens struggle with their shooting—less than 36 per cent of their shots fell in the first. Despite being held to 35 points in the first half, Carleton owned a five-point advantage heading into the break.   […]

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Ravens crush Lions in third Can-Am Shootout game

The Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team continued their winning streak in the Can-Am Shootout on Aug. 12, beating the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions 117-74. The win put the Ravens at 3-0 in exhibition play against National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) teams, having already bested Stinson and Wichita State. Although the team won by a fair point margin, they left their supporters on the edge of their seats for most of the game. The Golden Lions had great endurance on the court putting up a good fight against the reigning Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) champions. “They’re very fast, very strong, but coach did a good job of preparing us for what they’d be like all week. So it wasn’t surprising when […]

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Rob Smart filling in as head coach

Rob Smart is taking over the head coach position of Carleton’s varsity men’s basketball team while his predecessor and uncle, Dave Smart, takes a leave of absence for the 2015-2016 season. “Dave raised the bar for Ravens athletics and has led the way by developing highly successful student-athletes,” said Jennifer Brenning, director of Carleton Athletics, in a statement. “We are pleased to support Dave with his request and are encouraged that Rob has agreed to serve as interim coach, providing a smooth transition as the Ravens prepare for another successful season.” Dave Smart and Carleton alike have been emphatic that taking the upcoming season off for professional development affirms his commitment to the Ravens and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) basketball. […]

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Ravens fall to Racers in Can-Am shootout

The Carleton Ravens basketball team started their exhibition season with a 63-59 loss to the Murray State Racers (MSU). Two years ago, Carleton defeated the nationally-ranked Wisconsin Badgers and took powerhouse Syracuse to overtime. This year, the Ravens began their summer exhibition schedule with a loss against an anonymous opponent from the lesser-known Ohio Valley Conference. Despite being less well-known, the Murray State Racers did come to play on Monday night. With a rookie head coach at its helm in Matt McMahon and four starters gone from last season, the Racers basketball program’s 2015-16 season is an uncertain one. But after an embarrassing 81-57 loss at the hands of the Ottawa Gee-Gees to start its Canadian tour on Sunday, MSU […]

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