Photo by Christian Bender

Rams hold off Gaels for win in Kingston

By Andrea Elliott

KINGSTON, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams men's basketball team withstood a fourth quarter surge from the Queen's Gaels en route to an 86-78 victory on Saturday night.

After starting the game with an 11-0 run and holding the Gaels off the scoreboard for the first four minutes, the Rams looked to be in control early. The second half of the quarter belonged to the home side, however, as the Gaels found their touch from three point range and got to the free throw line for easy points from the charity stripe. After 10 minutes the Rams led 20-15.

The Gaels continued to convert from long range and midway through the second quarter had evened the score at 26-26. A personal 8-0 run from Roshane Roberts restored the Rams lead and at recess the visitors led 41-35.

Ryerson's defence locked down in the third quarter, limiting Queen's to just 14 points in the frame while the Rams offence was able to roll with 22 points. Heading to the final frame the Rams had restored a double digit lead at 63-49.

In the fourth, the Gaels put together a 10-0 run in the middle stages to narrow the score to a five point gap at 74-69. Rams veterans Filip Vujadinovic and Myles Charvis stabilized the Rams offence down the stretch, however, combining for six of Ryerson's final eight points to close out the victory. Vujadinovic also had a block on a late Gaels three point attempt which thwarted Queen's comeback efforts.

Vujadinovic finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double. Manny Diressa led the Rams with 20 points on the night. 

The win runs Ryerson's record to 15-6 to remain tied for third in the OUA east division. The Rams will return to the Mattamy Athletic CEntre next weekend when they host Nipissing and Laurentian in the final games of the regular season.

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