Second half surge guides Rams to win over Algoma
TORONTO – After a slow first half the No. 5 ranked Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team came away with a dominant 70-42 victory over the Algoma Thunderbirds on Saturday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Jahmal Jones (Mississauga, Ont.) finished with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting including a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Kadeem Green (Markham, Ont.) added 13 points in the Rams victory.
Both teams struggled to shoot the ball in the first half on Saturday, combining for just 15-of-70 from the floor after twenty minutes. Ryerson scored eight of their 15 first quarter points from the free throw line and had secured a 28-19 lead at halftime.
An efficient message was sent by the Rams’ coaching staff in the locker room at the half because Ryerson came out looking like their typical selves in the third and piled up 26 third quarter points.
For the second straight night the Rams received solid contributions from their bench which helped Ryerson to double up the Thunderbirds at 64-32 with seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter before finishing the game with the 70-42 victory.
After shooting just 24.2% in the first half the Rams finished the game shooting 32.9% while limiting Algoma to 20.0% for the game.
Terrell Campbell finished with a team-high 18 points for the Thunderbirds and was just one rebound shy of a double-double in the loss.
Ryerson improves their record to 13-3 on the year and remain firmly in third place in the OUA east division while Algoma falls to 4-12 and is tied for seventh.
The Rams return to the court next weekend in a critical home court double-header as they host the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.