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Carleton guard Scrubb named CIS men's basketball MVP

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The Canadian Press
3/6/2013 12:21:45 PM
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OTTAWA -- Carleton University guard Philip Scrubb was named most outstanding player in Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's basketball for the second straight season Wednesday.

The six-foot-three native of Richmond, B.C., finished sixth in the Ontario University Athletics conference in scoring with a team-high average of 18.6 points per game. He connected on 42.6 per cent of his three-point attempts and was 86 per cent from the free-throw line.

Scrubb was one of three repeat award winners. Lakehead point guard Greg Carter was named the top defensive player for the second straight year, Guelph forward Daniel McCarthy won his second straight Ken Shields Award in recognition of his excellence in basketball, academics and community involvement, and Carleton's Dave Smart became the first head coach to receive three straight coach of the year awards.

Deontay Smith, of the University of Prince Edward Island, was named rookie of the year.

Running the Ravens' offence, Scrubb had a team-best average of 3.4 assists per game while maintaining an assist-to-turnover ratio of two-to-one. He also chipped in defensively with averages of 1.5 steals and 3.2 rebounds per game.

Scrubb helped the Ravens to another first-place finish in the OUA East with a 19-1 record. He largely contributed to making Carleton the top scoring (91.0 points per game) and top defensive team (61.6 points against) in the nation in league play.

"Phil has had another solid year and has adjusted well to all of the attention he gets from the opposing defences," Smart said. "It is always a work in progress but he continues to make strides in his overall game."

Cape Breton guard Jimmy Dorsey, Bishop's centre Mike Andrews and Saskatchewan guard Stephon Lamar were also considered for the award.

Carter, a five-foot-10 guard, was the anchor of a Lakehead defensive unit that ranked sixth in the country in points allowed per game (68.5) and fifth in opponent field-goal percentage (38.3).

The Ottawa native finished second in the OUA in steals (average of 2.1 per contest) and showcased his exceptional all-around game by also contributing averages of 9.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest.

Acadia forward Owen Klassen, Bishop's centre Mike Andrews and Saskatchewan guard Ben Baker were also in the running for defensive MVP honours.

Smith, a six-foot guard, started in every league game for the Panthers in his university debut and went on to lead the team in scoring with an average of 17.3 points per game. The 19-year-old arts student scored in double figures in 18 of 20 games.

Laval's Karl Demers-Belanger, McMaster's Rohan Boney and Alberta's Youssef Ouahrig, all of them guards, were the other nominees.

Smart won the sixth coach of the year award over his 14-season career.

Despite the loss of three fifth-year seniors to graduation, Carleton racked up 19 straight wins in league play after dropping its opener at Windsor. The Ravens topped the CIS in field-goal percentage (46.8), free-throw percentage (76.7) and fewest turnovers (11.2).

The other finalists were Cape Breton's Matt Skinn, Rod Gilpin of Bishop's and Victoria's Craig Beaucamp.

McCarthy played only half of the season after returning from knee surgery in January, but the six-foot-three forward led Guelph in scoring (13.8 points per game), rebounding (6.1), assists (2.9) and steals (1.4).

In the classroom, the biomedical science student has achieved academic all-Canadian status each of his four years at Guelph and was named the University's Presidents award winner in 2011 for his outstanding excellence in his academic program.

Saint Mary's Harry Ezenibe, Bishop's Tim Hunter and Alberta's Todd Bergen-Henengouwen were also nominated.

Carleton's Tyson Hinz joined Scrubb, Dorsey, Lamar and Klassen on the CIS all-Canadian first team.

The 51st CIS men's basketball championship tournament gets underway Friday at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

Philip Scrubb (Photo: Canadian Interuniversity Sport)

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