Rams dominate Bishop's in final tune-up
TORONTO - Ryerson rookies Jahmal Jones and Jordon Gauthier dominated the court, as each tallied a game-high 20 points, leading the Rams to a formidable 92-55 victory over the Bishop's Gaiters on Saturday night. Four Ryerson players had double-digit point nights, as the team shot an impressive 57.4% from the field.
The energy and athleticism of the Jones-Gauthier connection was too much for Bishop's to handle, as the pair forced turnovers and attacked the Gaiters' throughout the game.
In their first contest at Kerr Hall Gym since the alumni game over a month ago, the Rams wasted no time controlling the game early and streaking to a 15-0 advantage over a shell-shocked Gaiters squad. Ryerson led 23-11 at the end of the quarter.
A Jones three-pointer was followed by a steal courtesy of another Rams' rookie Jelane Pryce. He quickly converted the turnover into two points with an assist going to Jones in the process. That play jump started Ryerson to another dominant period, as they outscored the Gaiters 30-15 and went up by 27 at half-time.
The score quickly turned from one-sided to lopsided, with the up-tempo play of Ryerson smothering the Gaiters up and down the court. Bishop's shot 33% during the contest, and simply could not keep up with the pace set by the Ryerson squad.
Ola Adegboruwa contributed 18 points and seven rebounds coming off the bench for a game-high 32 minutes, while fifth-year veteran Ryan McNeilly picked up 30 minutes of court-time, guiding the Rams to victory.
In this, their last pre-season contest, the Rams looked like a well-prepared group, executing plays and moving the ball up the court with a speed that resembled a team in mid-season form. The youth, athleticism and talent combined with the experience brought by veterans McNeilly and Steve Williams have created the potential for an exciting season.
Ryerson will begin its 2010-11 campaign next weekend with a pair of games at home. The Rams will play host to the McMaster Marauders in their home-opener on Friday, November 5, and welcome Lakehead the following evening. Both contests get underway at 8:00 p.m.
Ryerson 86 at Humber 67
On Friday night, the Rams visited the Humber Hawks and after the game was tied at halftime,dominated the Hawks in the second half. McNeilly had 29 points, while Adegboruwa had a near triple double with 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while Jones chipped in with nine assists.