Photo by Alex D'Addese

Rams beat No. 3 Gee-Gees in overtime thriller

By Andrea Elliott
OTTAWA - The No. 5 ranked Ryerson Rams men's basketball team emerged victorious from Ottawa's Montpetit Hall with an important 94-88 victory in overtime over the No. 3 Gee-Gees on Saturday night.


Adika Peter-McNeilly carried the weight for the Rams, racking up 32 points in the victory while Manny Diressa was hot on his heels with 28 points. 

The Rams were sluggish out of the gate and looked to be in for another tough night in a building that they haven't had much success in. Ryerson trailed 17-8 after the opening ten minutes.

Ryerson's offence kicked into another gear in the second quarter, amassing 28 points and chipping into the deficit to make it a 41-36 halftime score.

The Rams opened the third quarter on a 15-5 run and had erased their early deficit entirely. Ryerson's defence limited the Gee-Gees to a game-low 10 points in the quarter and the Rams took a 57-55 lead into the fourth quarter when Adam Voll hit a three-pointer with 46 seconds left in the frame.

The fourth quarter was a wild and entertaining ten minutes which, ultimately, required more time to determine a victor. Both teams traded big shots for big shots but it was some clutch free throw shooting from the Rams that sent the game to overtime. Trailing 78-76 with seven seconds remaining, Peter-McNeilly calmly knocked down two of his seven made free throws on the night to tie things up. The Rams got a stop on defence to send the game to overtime.

In the extra frame the Rams scored the first seven points, including a corner three-ball from Myles Charvis to give Ryerson an 85-78 lead with 3:25 to play. The Gee-Gees got to within four but more clutch free throws from Peter-McNeilly and Diressa sealed the victory for the Rams.

Free throw shooting played a major role in this one as the Rams hit 21-of-24 shots for an 87.5% clip while Ottawa struggled, going just 10-for-29 (34.5%) from the charity stripe.

With the win Ryerson finishes the season with a 17-2 record and a third place ranking in the Rating Percentage Index (RPI) standings. That means the Rams will host an OUA quarter-final game on Saturday, February 25 against an opponent to be determined. Stay tuned to for all playoff schedule updates.



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