Rams second half powers them to comeback win
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team had a big comeback win Saturday night over the Brock Badgers, beating them 71-62.
After a poor first half on the offensive side of the ball Ryerson shot 56 per cent from the field in the second half while they stuck to their game plan.
While the Rams trailed for most of the game it never felt like it was out of reach, and as the second half went on it became more and more obvious that Ryerson wasn’t going to leave Brock without a win.
The Rams struggled in the first quarter and for the first time all season they were trailing after the opening 10 minutes of the game. Brock led 27-11.
Paired with the Rams inefficacy on offence – 26 per cent from the field – was Brock’s ability to make buckets on the other end of the court – 60 per cent shooting.
Ryerson did what they could at the start of the second quarter opening with a 10-1 run in the opening minutes, but the offence cooled as play continued and they trailed at the half 38-22.
The second half was a microcosm of the Rams season up to this point. With smothering defence and a next man up mentality on offence the Rams cut into the Brock lead more and more with each minute that passed.
Ryerson outscored the Badgers by nine points in the third quarter taking the lead down to just seven points.
Although Ryerson was controlling the play and completely limited Brock on offence they still trailed by six points with 5:15 to go in the game. From that point on Ryerson would go on a 15-0 run. The run was in typical Rams fashion with scores from multiple players; it went as follows.
Filip Vujadinovic three pointer, Jayden Fredrick tied the game at 62 with a three of his own, Vujadinovic made a pair of free throws – giving Ryerson their first lead since the early stages of the first quarter - Myles Charvis three pointer, Yusuf Ali layup, and Charvis capped it off with two free throws.
In the midst of that run Ryerson gave Brock nothing to work with on the other end of the court. The Rams forced a number of turnovers and grabbed nearly every rebound there was to have.
After giving up 38 points in the first half, Ryerson one upped themselves in the second half giving up just 25 points over the final 20 minutes of play.
The win is Ryerson’s sixth straight to start the season and they will look to add to their streak next week when they play Windsor and Western at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.