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Carleton beats Ottawa, wins fourth straight CIS men's basketball title

OTTAWA - The Carleton Ravens won their fourth straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's basketball title Sunday with a 79-67 win over the cross-town rival Ottawa Gee-Gees at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Ravens were ranked No. 1 in the country throughout the season, before the Gee-Gees edged Carleton by one point in the OUA final.

That ended Carleton's 55-game winning streak.

The Ravens have won 10 of the last 12 CIS titles.

Earlier, Jordan Baker had 16 points and eight assists as the third-seeded University of Alberta Golden Bears beat the No. 4 Victoria Vikes 61-53 in the bronze-medal match.

It was a quick turnaround for the Canada West rivals, who both lost in Saturday night's semifinals and also lost an hour of sleep thanks to daylight savings time.

"I don't think either team was excited about playing with the time change in the bronze medal game," said Golden Bears head coach Barnaby Craddock, whose team defeated Victoria 82-77 in the conference final last weekend.

Alberta had a commanding 25-4 lead against the top-rated defence in the country after 10 minutes of action.

Victoria's offence came alive in the second quarter as they had a 17-15 edge.

"They needed to decide how they wanted to finish their year," said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. "They needed to decide as a group how they wanted to finish and have their legacy remembered as a group."

Fifth-year guard Terrell Evans led the offensive charge with three straight baskets to swing the momentum in Victoria's favour in the second quarter. The first-team all-Canadian had a double-double by halftime and finished with a game-high 16 rebounds and 18 points.

Alberta did not allow the Vikes to mount a comeback however and, led by Baker's seven points in the quarter, they had a 40-21 lead at halftime.

The Vikes outscored the Golden Bears for the entire second half, but were unable to erase the advantage Alberta built up in the early going.

"We came out with a win," said Joel Friesen, who was named Alberta's player of the game. "We did it for our fifth year guys and our guys played with a lot of heart even though we maybe didn't perform our best this tournament."

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