With the loss, the Lancers move to 5-1 in OUA regular season play but remain in first place in the OUA West Conference.
Saturday night’s game was a battle of unbeaten teams in the OUA West and East and the showdown did not disappoint in front of a capacity crowd at the St. Denis Centre. Both teams came out with great intensity in what felt like a playoff atmosphere in late November.
After the Ravens opened up an early five point advantage at 12-7, the Lancers stormed back and went on a 10-0 run to take a 17-12 lead.
The Lancers got some solid post play early from Lien Phillip while Andre Smyth and Monty Hardware knocked down a trio of three-pointers to give the home team the advantage.
Windsor held off a late charge from the Ravens in the opening quarter and led 24-19 after one.
In the second, both teams continued to attack each other defenses as the Ravens started to find their rhythm from long range. A pair of three pointers from guard Mike Kenney brought Carleton back to even at 27-27.
The two teams continued to trade baskets for the remainder of the quarter with the score tied at 37-37 at the break. The Lancers shot 52% from the field in the first half.
The second half continued to remain close through much of the third quarter as neither team was able to break free of the other. The Ravens used a 5-0 run late in the quarter to build a nine-point lead after three, 59-50.
In the fourth, the depth of Carleton eventually wore down the Lancers who struggled to find their touch from long range in the frame. The Lancers shot only 24% in the second half as the Ravens pulled away late for the hard fought 78-59 victory.
For the Lancers, Andre Smyth led the way with 14 points while Lien Phillip added 13 points and 9 rebounds. Isaac Kuon chipped in with 9 points.
Windsor will be on the road next weekend as they travel to Kingston for a pair of games against the Queen’s Gaels and RMC Paladins.