Rams overcome slow start to defeat Lions
TORONTO - The No. 4 nationally ranked Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team overcame a sluggish first half to defeat the host York Lions 69-52 and remain undefeated in OUA conference play.
Adika Peter-McNeilly led the Rams with a game-high 29 points, while Manny Diressa and Juwon Grannum added 12 points each.
The 69 points is the lowest total this season for the Rams, who are averaging 92 points per game. It was a tough night shooting the ball for Ryerson as the Rams shot just 36.6 percent from the field, 28.6 from behind the arc and 63.6 from the charity stripe, all well below the team's season averages.
The 52 York points were also the fewest allowed by the Rams this season.
After Ryerson jumped out to a 21-11 lead after the first quarter, the Lions held the Rams to just seven points in the second to take a 29-28 lead into the half.
The Rams opened the third quarter with a quick 8-0 run to steal the momentum before going on to out score York 27-10 in the quarter.
Jayden Frederick led the Lions (3-7) with 10 points and six rebounds.
The Rams (11-0) will visit the Waterloo Warriors (2-9) on Saturday, January 21 for their only game next week.