Thursday, 20 August 2009

Meanwhile from the Towson side: Foul counts and "touches"

Carleton downs Tigers (from Towson web site) see also game box score

How many total personal fouls can three officials call in one exhibition college basketball game played in Ottawa? If you guessed 64 you answered the question correctly. Four Tigers fouled out before host Carleton put the finishing "touches" on a 95-83 victory over Towson Monday night in an arena known as the Raven's Nest.

The double bonus was in effect for both teams for over 18 minutes (7:32 of the first half and 10:36 of the second half). The Tigers made the most of their opportunities, hitting an impressive 28 of 32 free throws. The Ravens were 33 of 42 at the charity stripe.

"Almost every team that has come up here to play has gone through the same thing," said Tiger head coach Pat Kennedy, himself a victim of the whistle when he was slapped with a technical at the 8:56 mark of the second half. But Kennedy shrugged it off and came away feeling good about his squad's effort.

"I like how hard we played defensively tonight, we didn't back off," Kennedy said. "We got confused on some of the picks and rolls, and we didn't make a lot of shots but we had good looks."

Carleton, the defending Canadian collegiate national champions and the country's pre-season number one ranked team, led the entire way, getting off to a 16-2 start before the Tigers could collect themselves. A late 12-2 Towson run trimmed the Ravens' lead to 36-32 at the break.

However the Tigers failed to capitalize on their strong first half finish and let the Ravens off the hook at the start of the second period. Starting forward Jarrel Smith was the game's first casualty, fouling out just one minute and five seconds into the second half. That's when Carleton went on a tear and soon played to a double digit lead again. Calvin Lee's old fashion three-point play narrowed the gap to 55-48 with 13:08 left to play but a subsequent 11-2 Ravens' run put Carleton comfortably out front again.

The Ravens led by as many as 23 late.

Josh Thornton paced the Tigers with a game high 28 points. Troy Franklin chipped in 15 and Lee added 13. Five Ravens scored in double figures led by Cole Hobin's 23.

Wednesday is a travel day for the Tigers. Thursday night they face the University of Quebec in Montreal at 7:00 p.m.

DRIBBLES: The regulation game took two hours and eight minutes to play ... Towson dressed just nine players ... four fouled out ... Calvin Lee played the last 6:39 with four fouls ... had he been disqualified it would have been a five-on-four finish ... it was miraculous that he lasted 38 minutes as active as he was in the contest ... the Ravens dressed 14 players and played 13 ... with starters Jarrel Smith and Robert Nwankwo on the bench for most of the game the Ravens controlled the boards, outrebounding the Tigers 39-22 ... Nwankwo and Lee combined for 7 blocks ... Troy Franklin was 10 of 11 from the charity stripe ... Franklin and Josh Thornton each converted a rare four-point play, sinking a free throw after being fouled on a three-point make ... Josh Brown, a transfer from Mt. Olive College, scored his first points in a Towson uniform, netting seven off the bench that included a trey.

Canadian Tour Schedule:
Aug. 17 @ Carleton Alumni (Ottawa) L, 59-69
Aug. 18 @ Carleton University (Ottawa) L, 83-95
Aug. 20 @ University of Quebec at Montreal 7:00
Aug. 21 @ Laval University (Quebec City) 7:30
Aug. 22 @ Laval University (Quebec City) 8:00


Carleton Alums Down Tigers, 69-59 plus Box Score

Courtesy: Scott Thornton

David Brewster Nets 13 Against Canadians

OTTAWA, Ont. - The Tigers first encounter on their Canadian tour took them to a place Carleton University fans refer to as the "Land of Oz" where a stout group of Ravens' alumni handed Towson a 69-59 loss in an exhibition basketball game.

Carleton's alumni team, comprised of all-stars who had helped the Ravens to six of Canada's last seven national collegiate championships, was led by the school's all-time leading scorer, Osvaldo "Oz" Jeanty, a flashy, quick guard who took control down the stretch. After the Tigers had climbed back from a 13-point second half deficit to cut the Alumni's lead to two, 58-56, "Oz" scored seven of his team's final 11 points on a decisive 11-3 run. "Oz" finished with 25 points. All seven of his field goals were three-pointers. He grabbed seven rebounds and dished out a game high four assists.

His backcourt mate, Paul Larmand, tallied a game high 28 points on 10 for 19 shooting, and grabbed 10 rebounds. Those two combined for 53 of their team's total points and 17 of its 36 rebounds.

"The first half we played really well against an experienced group," said Tiger coach Pat Kennedy. "The second half our defense got very loose and scattered. We gave them too many open threes."

The Tigers forged a 35-31 halftime lead that quickly evaporated when the Carleton Alumni opened the second half with a 16-2 run that eventually led to the game's largest lead, 57-44. The Tigers clawed their way back. Josh Thornton, who hit three of Towson's four treys, knocked down a triple with 4:47 left to play that narrowed the gap to two. The Tigers then went over four minutes without scoring again. Thornton's three-pointer with 39 seconds left ended the scoring.

Losing point guard Troy Franklin left the Tigers shorthanded in the backcourt. Franklin picked up his fifth foul just five seconds after the Tigers had closed to within two, paving the way for "Oz" to lead the alums on their final run.

"Overall it was a good effort," said Kennedy. "We don't have a large number of guys on the trip and some are playing out of position. That hurt us a little bit."

Thornton showed the way for the Tigers with 16 points off the bench. David Brewster added 13 points in relief. Jarrel Smith chipped in with 11 points.

Robert Nwankwo and Calvin Lee more than held their own against the Carleton big men, a group that included seven-footer Neal Dawson. Lee finished with a team high nine rebounds and seven points. Nwankwo added six boards, six points and two blocks.

The Tigers are back on the court again Tuesday night when they face the defending national champion Carleton varsity. Tip off is 8:00 p.m.

DRIBBLES: Carleton's alumni has knocked off some heavy hitters in the past, including Kansas and Louisville ... Osvaldo Jeanty plays in the Euroleague and is a two-time All-Germany selection ... he's also a member of the Candian National Team ... the "Oz" is the only player ever named first team All-Canada (CIS) five-times (Canadian players have five years of eligibility) ... he was named Most Valuable Player of the CIS Tournament (Canada's answer to the NCAA Tournament) four times ... Paul Larmand plays professionally in Australia ... Carleton's varsity is ranked number one in Canada's pre-season poll ... Laval University, Towson's opponent later in the week, is ranked third ... the Tigers outboarded the alums 37-36 ... in addition to Troy Franklin, who registered a game high three steals, Calvin Lee was disqualified on fouls ... the Tigers piled up 23 personal fouls to 14 for the alums ... the Canadians aren't shy when it comes to shooting threes - they made 13 of 36 attempts ... the Tigers were 4 of 21 ... Robert Nwankwo was credited with just two blocks but the game tape would probably reveal a bunch more ... David Brewster was sharp at the free throw line where he was 5 of 6 ... the rest of the Tigers were a bit rusty, going 9 of 17 for the game ... Catholic University transfer Danny Quinn scored his first points in a Towson uniform ... his put back with 1:41 left in the first half gave the Tigers a 32-30 lead.

Canadian Tour Schedule:
Aug. 17 @ Carleton Alumni (Ottawa) L, 59-69
Aug. 18 @ Carleton University (Ottawa) 8:00
Aug. 20 @ University of Quebec at Montreal 7:00
Aug. 21 @ Laval University (Quebec City) 7:30
Aug. 22 @ Laval University (Quebec City) 8:00


Anonymous said...

I can't believe how that guy writing up the Towson-Carleton game for Towson keeps messing up the facts.
Obviously, Carleton's varsity squad, not the alumni, played Louisville and Kansas and no, they didn't "knock them off" though both games were very close.
And I can't get over the fact that they were actually impressed with the fact that a commuter train runs through small is that town, anyway?

Anonymous said...

Uh, would you like some cheese with that whine, sir?
Typical belly aching from a Yank team when it gets thumped handily at their own game.
The foul count was pretty even...31 for Carleton and 33 for Towson.
Difference was with 13 players being used by Carleton and only 9 for Towson, of course the Tigers were going to foul out more players.
Towson had their fair share of trips to the foul line.
The reason why Towson got called for so many fouls was simple... they couldn't figure out how to defend Carleton's famed pick and roll...legally.
A whole lot of clutchin' and grabbin' going on, don'tcha know?
And yes, their coach got T'ed up..after a full minute on the floor in the face of a referee, giving him the business.
What ref do you know who would put up with that?
One of the reasons why the game lasted so long, beside all the fouls was the use of NCAA rules with its seemingly inexhaustible supply of timeouts.
Plus the fact that every time a Towson player fouled out, the Tigers would take their sweet time getting back on the floor.
Have a nice trip, Towson.