The T-Birds, who had a 49-point win over UVic on Saturday and are in line to host the Canada West Final Four, should shoot back to No. 1. York, no need to double-check on this, pulled the upset of the season by beating Carleton 80-74 on Friday in Toronto.
For those scoring at home, York had a 52-point swing from the teams' first meeting back in January. It just is. York's won on Carleton's floor in the past, but the Ravens typically fare reasonably well there.
Ranked teams flirting with disaster seemed to be a theme on Friday, since UBC, Lakehead, Ottawa and Simon Fraser each got a push on the road. Ultimately, that's what you want to see as a fan, right? No givens.
- Carleton (17-2 OUA-E, 2nd in RPI through Saturday) — Beat Laurentian (83-71) on Saturday and lost to York (80-74) on Friday.
Tyson Hinz (21 points, 10 rebounds), Kevin McCleery (16) and Cole Hobin (13, 11 boards) were Carleton's main cogs vs. the Voyageurs. Laurentian, under coach Shawn Swords, stayed with two high-ranked teams this weekend, so full marks to them.
Some will wonder about Carleton's results over its past three games, dating back to only beating Ryerson by single digits on Jan. 30. They have played five games in 11 days, a very physical up-and-down game vs. Ottawa, so they've emptied some of their tank. The Feb. 20 reg-season finale vs. Ottawa (just a single game that week) should be a better litmus test.
What happened vs. York? The Ravens didn't get any rebounds (minus-6, 34-28), with Dejan Kravic (22 points, 17 rebounds and five blocked shots) doing a lot of damage, along with Stefan Haynes.
Ostap Choliy (18 points, seven boards) and David Tyndale (11 points, six assists) were also clutch. York (4-13) is two games out of the last playoff spot, but talk about a season-salvager.
Carleton coach Dave Smart essentially used just his core six players. Hobin (20) and McCleery (19) put up numbers, but the rest of the Ravens were cold (they were an uncharacteristic 57% from the foul line).
- UBC Thunderbirds (16-1 CW Pacific, 1st RPI) — Swept UVic (90-41 Sat., 78-72 Fri.), as they secured home-court advantage for the Canada West Final Four. It was 30-2 after the first quarter in the Saturday game, so that allays some concerns about the T-Birds' tendency for slow starts.
Josh Whyte (28 points in 23 minutes, 9-of-14 shooting) lit it up while playing some of the game as the off-guard (according to CITR 101.9).
Friday, UBC took time to get into a flow, with Whyte going scoreless in the first half before finishing with 13 points. Kyle Watson also had 13.
Fun fact: On Friday, Brent Malish (12 points) and Kamar Burke (11) each missed dunks that might have otherwise brought the house down.
- St. Francis Xavier (14-0 AUS, 7th RPI) — Finished a season-series sweep of Dalhousie, 84-64 on Sunday with Christian Upshaw scoring 17 and dropping eight assists, while Chad Warren hooped 15 despite playing less than half the game.
- Cape Breton (14-1 AUS, 10th RPI) — Swept UNB (94-7 Sat., 84-65 Fri.). How did Lasario Burrows score 15 points in just eight minutes in the Saturday game? That is the strangest stat line of the week.
Almost everyone in the rotation got at least 8-10 minutes for CBU. Jimmy Dorsey hooped a game-high 18 on Friday.
- Calgary (15-4 CW Prairie, 5th RPI) — Swept Brandon (96-88 Sat., 103-70 Fri.). Robbie Sihota had 31 points in the second half, as the Dinos got their first road sweep ever of the Bobcats.
Ross Bekkering had 29 in the Friday tilt.
- Ottawa (16-3 OUA-E, 8th RPI) — Beat York (85-71) and Laurentian (83-78) with Josh Gibson-Bascombe (32 points Saturday and 30 Friday) and Warren Ward (22 and 23) leading the way.
Friday vs. Laurentian was just a fun game to watch, that was in doubt until the Voyageurs' Manny Pasquale lost his dribble out of bounds in the final seconds when he was trying to get a look at a tying three-pointer. Donnie Gibson (13 points) twice hit threes from the left wing in the second half which put Ottawa back on top immediately after Laurentian had drawn even. Ward also put Ottawa ahead for good with a triple with just less than 3 minutes to go.
As a general comment, it's good to see Carleton and Ottawa getting a push from the sixth- and seventh-place teams in the division.
- Simon Fraser (14-3 CW Pacific, 3rd RPI) — It didn't come easily but they swept at Thompson Rivers (91-74 Sat., 79-73 Fri). The Clan scored 57 in the second half of the Saturday game to climb out of 10-point halftime hole. Sean Burke and Matt Kuzminski (21 points each) did most of the scoring, but Kevin Shaw (10) hit each of threes at good times. The first put SFU ahead late in the third quarter. The other, with 5:22 left, stretched the lead to 10.
Burke was man of the match Friday, hitting a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:21 left.
- Lakehead (14-4 OUA-W, 9th RPI) — Keep finding ways to win, having swept Waterloo by a combined nine points (65-61 Sat., 63-58 Fri.).
It was probably part tough D, part some general ugliness in the second game, where the Thunderwolves and Warriors combined to shoot an effective 37.5 per cent. Andrew Hackner (19 points on 7-of-13) had a hot enough hand for Lakehead.
Jamie Searle (25 points, nine rebounds, 5-of-8 on threes) was the catalyst in the Friday game.
- Windsor (13-5 OUA-W, 4th RPI) — Edged Laurier 63-61 on Saturday in a defensive struggle, coming from 10 points down in the final 10 minutes. Nigel Johnson-Tyghter (13 points in 18 minutes) was one X-factor.
Beat Guelph 89-68 on Wednesday, shooting an effective 71.4% (30-of-56, 10 triples) with four players scoring 15-16 points.
Windsor's remaining sked consists of Waterloo, Laurier, Guelph and a trip to McMaster. Lakehead has a tricky final two series, at Brock and home to Western, two teams who are hard to draw into a defensive struggle.
- Dalhousie (10-6 AUS, 20th RPI) — Lost by 20 to No. 3 St. FX on Sunday, despite 29 points from Simon Farine, who's carrying them; he scored 32 in an 87-71 win over Acadia on Wednesday.