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Memphis loses to Canadian team for the second time in four days

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Carleton erased any thoughts that Saturday night’s win over Memphis was a fluke after defeating the Tigers for the second time in four days. On Tuesday night, the Ravens ran away with a 92-60 victory over Memphis in Ottawa, Ontraio.

On Saturday night, the Ravens jumped out to an enormous first half lead. They would eventually hold on to an 86-76 win after Memphis outscored them by 16 in the second half, and limited them to only 36 percent shooting. But on Tuesday, Carleton turned a 13-point halftime lead into a 32-point victory. And if you were following L. Jason Smith, of the Commercial-Appeal, who was inside the Ravens’ Nest, live tweeting the blowout loss, you know Carleton guard Philip Scrubb was the star once again.

After scoring 35 points in the first game, the 6-foot-3 guard dropped a game-high 30 in the second meeting. He torched the Tigers in both games, shooting a combined 21 of 36 from the field and 10 of 19 from beyond the arc. Pookie Powell had a team-high 13 for Memphis followed by Chris Hawkins off the bench with 10. Austin Nichols did not play again.

For Carleton, this ends an impressive ends an impressive nine-day stretch. Carleton, the Canadian powerhouse that defeated Final Four-bound Wisconsin last summer, beat Vermont and UIC as well. The only loss Carleton suffered was a 10-point loss to Indiana to start the annual showcase. Scrubb did not play, as he was with the Canadian national team.

Memphis finished the trip 2-2.

Canadian powerhouse defeats Memphis

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Memphis was added to the list of Division I programs to take a summer trip to Canada, only to return to the States with a loss. On Saturday night, the Tigers took on Canadian powerhouse Carleton. The Ravens built a sizable first half lead, and eventually held on to an 86-76 victory over the Tigers in the Can-Am Shootout.

Carleton defeated Vermont and UIC last week while dropping a its first game to Indiana. Last summer, the Ravens defeated Wisconsin, a team that later reached the Final Four. Carleton has won the last four Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) titles and 10 of the last 12.

Philip Scrubb scored a game-high 35 points for Carleton, followed by his brother, Thomas, who added 21. The duo shot a combined 19 of 35 (10 of 16) from the field and outscored Memphis in the first half. Nick King led Memphis with a team-high 19 points. Newcomers Chris Hawkins and Dominic Magee added 14 and 11, respectively, off the bench. Returning starter Austin Nichols missed Saturday night’s game with an ankle injury.

Carleton shot 55 percent in the first half, and 57 percent from beyond the arc to build a 55-29 halftime lead. Memphis held the Ravens to 36 percent shooting in the final two quarters while outscoring them 47-31.

“The Carleton coach told me before the game that they blitzed Wisconsin, Syracuse and Louisville early in past exhibitions,” Memphis head coach Pastner said in a recap published by the school. “They jump on teams early, and we were another victim.”

This current Memphis team was more than susceptible to falling behind early, especially against a talented and experienced back court. The Tigers lost all four seniors from last year’s perimeter attack. On Saturday, the four guards to log the most minutes in the back court included redshirt freshmen Markel Crawford and Pookie Powell along with incoming freshman Dominic Magee and junior college transfer Chris Hawkins. None of whom have played a Division I game yet. That quartet was matched up against the high-scoring Scrubb brothers, both of whom were named to the Canadian national team this summer.

Memphis has another game on Sunday night, taking on the University of Ottawa, a team that made headlines earlier this month when it defeated Indiana.

Indiana defeated Canadian powerhouse Carleton

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Indiana is in Canada this month, playing five games around the country. On Sunday, the Hoosiers dropped a 109-101 contest to Gee-Gees from the University of Ottawa to go 1-1 on its exhibition tour.

The Hoosiers bounced back to earn their second win of the trip on Monday night, with a 95-85 victory over Carleton, which has won four-straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) titles and 10 of the last 12.

Here’s a portion of the game recap from Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star:

“I thought our guys responded from (watching) film,” [Tom] Crean said after Monday’s win. “We left some opportunities on the table when it was time to win the game (against Ottawa), and I think the response our guys made, of learning from one day to the next, this time of year, is truly invaluable.”

Defensive mistakes weren’t repeated. Offensive possessions were treated with more care. When Carleton was forced to foul late, IU shot 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. The Hoosiers had missed five free throws during the same critical stretch Sunday.

Indiana continued to score the ball with five players in double figures, led by Yogi Ferrell’s 21 points and James Blackmon Jr.’s 19. The Hoosiers shot 61 percent from the floor and connected on 9-of-16 from beyond the arc. More importantly, the defense improved after giving up 109 points the previous evening, as it held the Ravens to 8-of-28 shooting from three.

As mentioned above, Carleton is the class of Canadian basketball, but has shown it can take on the best in the NCAA. Last summer, the Ravens held a 15-point second half lead over Syracuse before losing in overtime and knocked off Wisconsin, a team which would go on to reach the Final Four. While Carleton was playing without its best player, Philip Scrubb, the Ravens are likely more seasoned than the Hoosiers at this point, as Osterman noted there are no practice restrictions for Canadian teams during the summer.

Indiana wraps up its tour with its last two games in Quebec.