Rams come alive in fourth to knock off Voyageurs
TORONTO - On the heels of an 18-point fourth quarter performance from Rams guard Manny Diressa, the men's basketball team came from behind to defeat the Laurentian Voyageurs 76-74 on Saturday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Diressa scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the final ten minutes to turn a six-point deficit to start the fourth quarter into a Ryerson victory. The all-star guard scored 18 of the team's 26 fourth quarter points.
Crucial down the stretch was the Rams free throw shooting which on the whole was a measly 65.6% on the night, but was the source of Ryerson's final seven points to secure the victory.
Laurentian put together a solid first half, leading 16-15 after ten minutes and 39-35 at halftime. The strength of their play was their efficiency shooting the basketball as well as their ability to collect offensive rebounds and create second chance opportunities.
The Rams were able to clean up the glass better in the second half to narrow the rebound margin to a 45-40 edge for the Voyageurs at the final whistle.
Ryerson struggled to contain Laurentian foward Nelson Yengue who flirted with a triple-double with 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Yengue played all 40 minutes in this one but his play wasn't enough to give the Voyageurs a win in the regular season finale.
With the victory the Rams move ahead of the Voyageurs for third place in the OUA east standings, which means Ryerson will host the sixth-seeded Queen's Gaels in the opening round of the playoffs. That game is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21st.