The McMaster men’s basketball team went toe-to-toe with the Canadian Interuniversity Sport champion Carleton Ravens, but fell to the visitors 83-72 on the strength of a 44-point performance from Raven guard Phil Scrubb.
The Marauders played one of their best games this Ontario University Athletics season and gave the home fans a terrific effort but had no answer for Scrubb, the national team player, who showed why he has won two consecutive CIS Player of the Year awards.
It was evident from the start that Scrubb was in a zone and he scored 18 points in the first quarter as Carleton jumped to an early 32-19 lead.
But in the second quarter, McMaster started to find the range and Scrubb had to sit down with two fouls. Marauders Joe Rocca, Taylor Black and Nathan Pelech made key shots from behind the arc, while Nathan McCarthy provided some inside scoring and the Maroon chiseled the lead down to a single basket at 44-42 by halftime.
With the Maroon faithful in attendance fully engaged and loud, the Marauders came out in the third quarter and actually took the lead 48-46. The two teams exchanged the lead for the rest of the quarter and after three periods, the Carleton margin was still only two points at 59-57.
The pivotal fourth quarter saw Scrubb emerge again, and with his team up by four points with about four minutes left he drained an extremely long three-pointer to create a seven-point cushion on McMaster. The Marauders refused to quit but couldn’t stop Scrubb who scored on three straight possessions to keep his team in control as time ran out.
The Marauders got a terrific game from McCarthy who led the team with 13 points and was chosen the BIG MAC player of the game. Taylor Black finished with 12 points, while Rohan Boney added 11 on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting effort.
Scrubb’s 44 got him player of the game honours for Carleton, which also got 11 points from Thomas Scrubb.
Things don’t get any easier for McMaster, as the team must re-group to face the No. 3-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday (Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.)