Rams wrap up weekend with big win over Laurier
WATERLOO, Ont. - On the second night of their Waterloo road trip the Ryerson Rams beat the Laurier Golden Hawks 97-52.
The Golden Hawks came into this game riding a two-game winning streak, with wins over the Toronto Varsity Blues and Ottawa Gee-Gees. And their two losses on the season came in close contests against two of the top teams in the OUA so this game was an early test for Ryerson.
The Rams came into the game 4-0 with their opponents averaging just 55.5 points per game and they were playing a Laurier team who had just scored a season high 83 points the night prior. But their offence was no match for the length on the Rams defence.
Ryerson forced eight steals, had five blocks and dominated the rebound game 47-26.
The Rams offence was led by Jean-Victor Mukama who had 17 first half points and the Rams carried a 49-28 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The second half was no different and the Rams outdid themselves winning the final 20 minutes 49-24. Mukama added 10 points in the half finishing with a game high 27.
In their first big test of the year Ryerson sent a statement to the rest of the top teams in the league. Laurier is a team that has played tight games against a few really good OUA teams, and a game like this doesn’t just show the Golden Hawks where Ryerson sits, but it shows the rest of the league.
For the second game in a row the Rams were without their seven-foot centre Tanor Ngom. While the team has enjoyed success without him in the lineup he will be a major piece of the Rams going forward. But his absence is once again worth noting.
Stepping up in Ngom’s absence has been Warsame Mohamed. Mohamed has seen his minutes increase a great deal over the past two games and he has taken full advantage of the extra playing time.
Mohamed was averaging 3.6 points per game in the first three games of the season, however he had a career high 20 points Friday night and followed that up with another 10 against the Golden Hawks.
The Rams are back in action next weekend when they take on the McMaster Marauders and Brock Badgers.