Sunday, 4 November 2007

Ravens Fade Late in Loss to B.C. Eagles

Boston College (ACC) 70, Carleton 45 The Eagles used a 23-0 run late in the second half to break open a two-point game with just over 7 minutes to play in handing the Ravens their third loss in three games on Carleton's tour of NCAA Division 1 schools this week. 6'5" Jean-Emmanuel Jean-Marie knocked down a short jumper with 7:14 to play to bring the Ravens back to within 2 at 47-45 but Carleton would not score again until late in the final minute of the game as B.C. took advantage of six Carleton turnovers in that span. Jean-Marie's field goal was Carleton's first in about 8 minutes of play but the Ravens stayed in the game on a solid defensive effort until the final late stretch. The Ravens took their last lead of the game with just over 14 minutes to play on a pair of free throws by 6'7" Aaron Doornekamp (16 points on 5-17 shooting including 1-6 from 3) to give Carleton a 39-37 lead and the teams stayed close for the following 7 minutes until the decisive Eagles run at the end of the game. The Ravens were only 3 for 25 from three-point land overall and shot only 27% from the floor for the game. Carleton started strong, jumping out to an 11-4 lead off the opening tip but the Eagles responded with a 12-0 run, eventually taking a 35-27 halftime lead. The Ravens held BC to only 2 points in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second half, and used a 12-2 run to take their final lead of the game. 6'2" Stuart Turnbull added 11 for Carleton which got only 5 points on 2-9 shooting (1-8 from 3) by 6'4" Ryan Bell. Rakim Sanders led Boston College with 16 points. Carleton starts their OUA regular season next weekend at McMaster on Friday. Game Report/Box Score from BC web site

OLSEN TO TAKE LEAVE OF ABSENCE According to Jeff Goodman of FOX Sports, Arizona Wildcats Head Coach Lute Olsen has taken a leave of absence from the team to tend to a personal family matter (see below). In his place, the Wildcats will be run by McGill alumnus Kevin O'Neill, who has NBA and college head coaching experience. The Wildcats meet Concordia Stingers later today in Tuscon, AZ in their first exhibition match of the season... Arizona coach Lute Olson is taking an immediate and indefinite leave of absence to tend to a "personal matter." According to two sources close to the situation, it's a family matter that involves one of his children. Both sources said that Olson doesn't anticipate being away from the team for a lengthy period of time. Olson was not present at a 12:30 MST news conference in which Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood announced that the 73-year-old will temporarily be replaced by assistant coach Kevin O'Neill. ``Lute asked for a leave of absence after yesterday's football game," Livengood said. "Every intention is that he will be back. We will do whatever is in the best interest of Lute and Christine." O'Neill will coach the Wildcats Sunday afternoon in an exhibition against Concordia University of Canada. Arizona's regular-season opener is on Nov. 13 against Northern Arizona in Tucson. ``It's all about coaching and playing basketball for the time being, and respecting Coach Olson's wishes for privacy in the matter," O'Neill said. "We have plenty of work to do to uphold the legacy of excellence Lute's built into this program." Olson's wife, Christine's public relations firm released a statement earlier on Sunday saying that it was not a health matter. ``For the past 25 years, I have always given 110 percent to the team and this job," Olson said in the statement. "In light of this personal matter, I feel it's in the best interests of the team and university to take a leave of absence. ``It isn't a health scare, but rather a personal matter that needs my undivided attention." The last time Olson left his post was in 2001 after the death of his first wife, Bobbi. Olson is 780-280 in his career and 589-187 in 24 seasons at Arizona, including a national title in 1997.

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