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Rams open road trip with win over Warriors

By Luke Bellus

WATERLOO, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team opened their Waterloo road trip up with an 80-56 win over the Waterloo Warriors.

The win gives Ryerson their fourth straight to start the season, but this game was different from their other games, with the offence not exploding like usual and Ryerson struggling from three.   

The story of the first was rebounds and second chance points. The Rams finished the quarter with 19 points but that number would’ve been lower if it wasn’t for their nine second chance points.

The Rams struggled from three in the first as well shooting just 2/7 from deep but their eight offensive rebounds gave the Rams multiple chances to convert inside.

Ryerson dominated the second quarter, outscoring the Warriors 29-9 taking full control of the game. Coming into the game Ryerson’s defence was one of the best in the league and it showed in the second quarter.

The second half showed that the Warriors weren’t going to go down without a fight and if they wanted to show that they belong on the same court as the Rams they did just that.

The Rams – after scoring 29 in the second quarter –  were held to 32 points in the entire second half and their 80 scored points were a season low.

It was a team effort tonight for the Rams with 33 of their points coming from bench players. They were lead in points by Warsame Mohamed with 20 points and had four players with 10 or more points.

In a game with the Rams dominating the rebound battle one would assume that seven-footer Tanor Ngom would be leading that charge. However, Ngom was inactive against the Warriors, something that will be worth keeping track of.

Making his regular season OUA debut for the Rams tonight was Jaren Jones, the brother of Ryerson alumni Jahmal. During his five years at Ryerson Jahmal racked up a number of accomplishments and sits second all-time in points in the program's history.

Jaren’s five points in his debut put him just 1768 points behind his older brother; here’s hoping he can surpass him one day.

Ryerson is back in action Saturday night taking on the Laurier Golden Hawks.

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