Men’s basketball ties record, wins seventh consecutive national title

As the clock ticked down, Ravens players rushed the court while the Rams hung their heads—the Carleton men’s basketball team had just won its seventh straight national championship on March 12. A late push by the Ryerson Rams wasn’t enough, as the Ravens held on for a 78-69 win, and earned its 13th U SPORTS championship in 15 years, and tied the record set by the Victoria Vikes from 1980-86 for most consecutive titles. “I came here two and half years ago with a plan to be a better basketball player, to be a better person, and I think I did that,” Ravens forward Ryan Ejim said after the game. This was the third meeting between both teams this year, […]

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Ejim, Kazami-Keane say they don’t regret being Ravens

It was March 15, 2015, and the Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team have just won its fifth straight Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) (now U SPORTS) championship. The victory was in large part from the efforts of Philip and Thomas Scrubb, Victor Raso, and Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles. Although they basked in the lopsided victory over the crosstown rival University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees, some serious questions lay on the horizon. Both Scrubb brothers along with Raso were graduating, leaving three large holes in the lineup. The team still looked to have a lot of depth with sharpshooting guards Connor Wood and Gavin Resch, but lacked a starting point guard. A greater surprise came in the summer of 2015 when […]

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Wood shoots from bench to Player of the Year

Kaza Kajami-Keane takes the ball up the court for the Carleton Ravens. He drives left bringing in two Calgary Dinos defenders, a move that forced the Dinos to leave one of Carleton’s best shooters alone by the three-point line. Kajami-Keane passes the ball to Connor Wood, who knocks down the wide open shot. It’s a scene Carleton fans have witnessed for years—but one that won’t last past March 12. Wood is in his final season, playing all five years for the Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team. Before leaving, Wood earned himself the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy, known as Player of the Year, and was also named to the First Team All-Canadian—a goal he said he set for himself when he […]

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Men’s basketball defeats Redmen, advances to U SPORTS Gold Medal game

For the seventh year in a row, the Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team will be playing with the W. P. McGee trophy on the line. Although the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax looked half empty, the Ravens had some of their most dedicated fans in the building as the CU Red Zone traveled out to watch their team defeat the McGill Redmen by a score of 74-58. Heading into the game, the Redmen were ranked 29th in offence, scoring 75 points per game, but second in defence only allowing 60.3 points per game this season. “They’re a great defensive team,” said Dave Smart, Ravens head coach. “They took us out of our comfort zone and we knew it was going to be a grind […]

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Ravens recognized with U SPORTS men’s basketball awards

Several members of the Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team received 2017 U Sports Men’s Basketball Awards and were named All-Canadians. Among those awarded was Connor Wood, fifth-year guard who won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy, recognized as the player of the year. Wood said to the award came as a surprise to him as many of his teammates were capable of earning the honours. “I didn’t really expect to win,” he said. “I feel like any good player on this team can win it.” Wood was also placed on the First Team All-Canadian, something he said was his goal when he began playing university basketball. “I remember coming into [the league] that was the goal to get, so it was […]

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