- Carleton — Beat Brock (80-63) after winning by a point at Guelph (75-74). The Ravens-Badgers game was highlighted by the two fab frosh, Carleton's Tyson Hinz (15 points) and Brock's Clinton Springer-Williams (22), each having nice nights.
Knowing the Ravens have had so-so openers on the road before (remember that 12-point loss at Windsor last season) lessens the surprise that they barely got out of Dodge at Guelph.
Mike Kenny missed a tying free throw, but came up with the steal seconds later, which led to Kyle Smendziuk's winning free throws. Jay Mott (19 points) was nails for Guelph, hitting shots from all over the gym. Guelph played without two starters as well, so the Gryphons
- UBC — Taking the weekend off after a trip down to the U.S. to play a couple D-1 teams.
- Calgary — Swept Manitoba (86-67 and 89-64) by similar scores. The Dinos had assists on 28 of their 34 baskets in the second game (Jamie McLeod had nine dimes to go along with his 14 points), so file that away for the MUBL: The scorekeepers at the U of M are really generous with assists.
Jarred Ogunbemi-Jackson, the frosh point guard, had 17 points and six assists Friday, a nice game in his hometown. Manitoba trailed by just a point deep into the second half before Calgary pulled away.
- McMaster — Beat RMC (94-63) before getting a push from Queen's (56-50) on Saturday. Keenan Jeppesen nearly had a dubious quadruple-double (16 points, 11 rebounds, eight missed free throws and 11 turnovers). Mac deserves some benefit of the doubt, bad game out of its system, plus Queen's is well-coached.
Strangely enough, Mac shot much better from three-point lead (59%) than two-point range (35%) in that 94-63 win over RMC on Friday. Don't even try to understand it.
- Dalhousie — Beat UNB 82-66 in only game Friday, with Joseph Schow (18 and 12) posting a double-double.
- Toronto — Split a pair of three-point decisions at home, losing to Waterloo (58-55) Saturday after outlasting Laurier (92-89 in OT) on Friday. Nick Snow did not play in the Waterloo game (flu). Both U of T and Waterloo shot around 30% on Saturday. Ben Frisby's line (17 points, 3-of-5 on threes, seven rebounds and four assists) jumps on the Waterloo side.
From the looks of it, Rob Paris (30 points) and Drazen Glisic (17, 13 rebounds) put U of T on their backs in Friday's overtime win over No. 10 Laurier.
- Cape Breton — Split at home vs. Saint Mary's (94-82 win, 80-75 loss). The AUS is a tough league, no surprise the Huskies got the split. The rub is Saint Mary's shot an effective 57% (Joey Haywood had 23 points and seven assists, Mark McLaughlin 19 and 7) and only won by five.
Friday, the Capers shot an effective 54% and were plus-12 on rebounds, nice stuff.
- Windsor — Scored a lot of points in home wins over York (94-55) and Laurentian (100-77). Isaac Kuon had 24 vs. the Vees in 22 minutes.
Three Lancers (Nigel Johnson-Tyghter, Andre Smyth and Josh Collins, the first two with nine rebounds and the latter with nine assists) narrowly missed double-doubles in the York game.
- Saskatchewan — Got more of a push in the second game vs. Brandon (won 91-68 and 99-91). Showron Glover went off for 55 points in the two games.
- Laurier — Went 0-2 on their GTA road trip after a 77-50 stinker at Ryerson on Saturday, where Boris Bakovic had his way (27 points, 16 rebounds and oh-oh yes, a couple steals). They'll drop out next week, needless to say.
On the glass-half-full, side few more makes at the free-throw line (they were just 11-of-19) and the Golden Hawks beat Toronto instead of losing in OT. Maxwell Allin (19 points, seven rebounds) had a great debut and Kale Harrison scored 23 while taking just 16 shots. Nice.
- Saint Mary's, which split with Cape Breton, should get some consideration ... Ryerson's 2-0 start and winning margin over Laurier (27 points) might rate votes. Blossoming second-year guard Josh Budd had 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting in Ryerson's win over Laurier. Joseph Imbrogno also had a couple blocked shots.