The Carleton University Ravens men's basketball team returned home Monday after tying a national record with its eighth basketball championship.
The team, coached by Dave Smart, defended its 2011 Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) basketball title and makes it eight wins in the last ten years. The dynasty also included five straight championships and three in the last four years.
Carleton's 86-67 win Sunday in Halifax over the University of Alberta Golden Bears put them in elite company with the University of Victoria as the only two schools to win eight basketball titles.
"When your two All-Canadians care more about the team than they do themselves, it's almost laughable," said Smart.
"It's almost hard not to win."
All-Canadians lead Ravens to win
Smart was talking about forward Tyson Hinz, who scored 20 points on Sunday, and guard Philip Scrubb, who was named the tournament's most valuable player after dropping 26 points for the Ravens.
Scrubb, who is a second-year player, was also named the most outstanding player in CIS basketball this past year.
"It's nice to get individual awards, obviously I don't think I'd be considered for it if I didn't play on this team," Scrubb told the CBC's Tiffany Tambeau after arriving at the Ottawa airport.
"A lot of the guys had much better individual years than I did. I think just the fact I play on this team, I got it."
This year's championship also capped off an undefeated season for the Ravens, who went a combined 34-0 through the regular season and the CIS national championship tournament.