MEN’S BASKETBALL (13-2 OUA, 21-7 overall):
At Scotiabank Place for third annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic against No. 1 Carleton (14-1 OUA) Wednesday, January 28 (8:00 p.m.)
uOttawa 30 72
Carleton 38 87
Josh Gibson-Bascombe – 18 points, six rebounds – uOttawa
Josh Wright – 18 points, 1 rebound - uOttawa
Stu Turnbull - 29 points, seven rebounds - Carleton
HEADLINE: Missed shots cost
Fifth-year guard Stu Turnbull scored 29 points and added seven rebounds as the Carleton Ravens preserved its national No. 1 ranking with an 87-72 win over No. 2 uOttawa before a Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s basketball regular season record crowd of 10,523 Wednesday night at Scotiabank Place to close the 2009 MBNA Capital Hoops Classic.
The Ravens ran their record to 14-1 in the OUA East, moving ahead by one game over the Gee-Gees (13-2), which saw the end to a 13-game win streak.
Turnbull was jubilant after falling hard on his left shoulder with 1:08 left underneath uOttawa’s basket.
“There was a little crunch but I got some motion and will be alright,” said Turnbull. ‘There will be ups and down between now and March.”
Gee-Gees fourth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe scored 18 points with six rebounds over 28 minutes before taking an unsportsmanlike and technical foul and fouling out with 48 seconds left.
Gee-Gees fourth-year transfer guard Josh Wright scored 18 points in his first stadium game since leaving NCAA Division-I Syracuse.
“A lot of the Xs and Os were didn’t execute early in the game,” said Wright. “The effort was there, but we didn’t make shots.”
Carleton also went ahead 2-1 in the Capital Hoops Classic with a second straight victory after a close 70-66 triumph last season.
Carleton’s victory came with little glee.
“I am little concerned to be honest with you,” said Ravens coach Dave Smart. “The loser of this game has a huge advantage over the winner. I think both teams are going to Nationals.”
The 2008-09 CIS tournament will be held in Ottawa March 13-15.
uOttawa raced to a 6-0 advantage to begin the game but quickly fell behind 19-13 and trailed at the half 38-30. Gibson-Bascombe, with 13 points and four rebounds in the first two quarters, was the only uOttawa athlete with more than four points in the first half.
The Gee-Gees closed out the third quarter out-scoring the Ravens 24-21 but still trailed 59-54 heading to the fourth.
Gee-Gees fifth-year post Dax Dessureault fouled out with 3:15 left with uOttawa trailing 72-60 after scoring 13 points.
The Gee-Gees host Laurentian (2-13 OUA) Friday, January 30, (8:00 p.m.), and York (4-11 OUA) Saturday, January 31 (8:00 p.m.)