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Rams take care of business in first big game of weekend

By Luke Bellus

OTTAWA - The Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team beat the Ottawa Gee-Gees Friday night 85-75 in a highly anticipated game of two top ranked teams in the country.

It’s a weekend that many have been looking at since their first two games of the semester, with the Rams travelling to Ottawa to take on two of the best teams in the country.

In early January when Ottawa and Carleton came to Ryerson to take on the Rams the order was flipped, Ryerson opened against the Ravens and closed the weekend against Ottawa. But this time around time Ryerson had to deal with Ottawa first.  

Saturday night could be the biggest game of the Rams regular season, with that game possibly deciding the top seed in the OUA East and a win could see the Rams jump over the No. 1 nationally ranked Ravens in the next U SPORTS rankings.

But that game against Carleton would mean a whole lot less if Ryerson didn’t take care of business Friday night.

It’s human nature to sometimes lose sight of what’s in front of you and get caught up in the big event down the road.

In sports this is known as a trap game, and looking past any team is a recipe for disaster, let alone a team who was ranked No. 6 nationally coming into this game like the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

When these two teams met earlier in the year Ryerson beat Ottawa by 31 points and it was thanks to fast start; at one point of the first quarter back in January the Rams led 21-7.

This time around it was once again the Rams getting out to a fast start, scoring the opening 11 points, but Ottawa wasn’t going to roll over and they followed that up with an 8-0 run of their own cutting right into the lead.

Ryerson held Ottawa to just 10 points in the opening quarter and on the other end they were able to double the Gee-Gees point total.

That 10-point lead after the opening 10 minutes proved to be the difference in the game. Over the next three quarters the teams would play an even game tying 65-65.

But once again the effort wasn’t enough and the Gee-Gees never got the Rams lead to below six points and Ryerson was able to get out of Montpetit Hall with a win.

The Rams were led in scoring by Jean-Victor Mukama, with 18 of his game high 24 points coming in the second half.

Mukama missed the Rams previous game, he was seen last week on the bench with a walking boot on but showed no side effects of that injury in this game and will need to be a key piece for the Rams Saturday night when they take on the Ravens.

Tipoff on Saturday is set for 8:00 p.m. from the Ravens' Nest.

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