HALIFAX, N.S. - The Ryerson Rams men's basketball team nearly climbed out of a 24-point third quarter deficit but ultimately fell short, losing 78-69 to the Carleton Ravens in the U SPORTS national championship game to claim the program's first silver medal in team history.

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With the win the Ravens claimed their seventh straight W.P. McGee Trophy and while the silver medal wasn't the colour they were hoping for, the Rams achieved their best result in program history.

Ryerson fifth year guard Adika Peter-McNeilly carried his Rams in his final game of his university career, posting a game-high 23 points in 36 minutes of play. Peter-McNeilly was named the player of the game and a tournament all-star along with teammate Ammanuel Diressa.

The Rams never held a lead in the national final and had a daunting task ahead of them when they went down by 24 points in the third quarter.

Looking down for the count, Ryerson started to find their rhythm and rallied to close the third quarter on a 15-2 run to narrow the deficit to 12 at 63-51.

Fourth year forward Adam Voll had a strong fourth quarter including back-to-back buckets which pulled the Rams within six at 68-62 with 4:10 to play. 

Still trailing by six with 37 seconds remaining, the Rams had the chance to make it a one possession game but a big six point swing went in the Ravens favour. Peter-McNeilly couldn't hit a pull-up three pointer and Carleton's Connor Wood had a clear break the other way and completed an and-one opportunity to give the Ravens a 75-66 advantage with just 18 seconds remaining.



That was the nail in the Rams coffin as the nine point spread held up at the final whistle as Carleton emerged with the 78-69 victory.

"You have to play four really good quarters and I don't think we did that. We had a tough first half and dug a pretty big hole for ourselves. We almost found a way out but when we had our opportunities to shrink (the gap) even more we just...had a couple of tough possessions and they converted at the other end. That's what it came down to," said head coach Roy Rana following the game.

"The future looks bright, we're not going anywhere. We plan on continuing to fight. I think we've established ourselves as a program and we've got a great culture and the guys love to represent this school. We won't take it for granted, but we'll keep working, we'll keep pushing, and hopefully get it one day," added Rana.