Rams dominate in battle of nationally ranked teams
TORONTO – The No. 3 nationally ranked Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team put in a strong effort to handle the No. 4 ranked Windsor Lancers by a score of 98-78 on Saturday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Aaron Best (Scarborough, Ont.) had an impressive evening with 30 points and ten rebounds for the double-double. Fifth year point guard Jahmal Jones (Mississauga, Ont.) made history on the night, dishing for 15 assists which ties the Ryerson single-game record which dates back to November 27, 1998 when Brian Smith had 15 assists against McGill.
The two top ranked squads were hesitant to start this game, but it was Windsor who took an early 10-5 lead. Ryerson dominated the remainder of the quarter, going on a 25-0 run and not allowing a Windsor basket for six whole minutes. The Rams led 30-12 after ten minutes of play.
Windsor got the deficit back to single digits at 43-34 with 2:15 left in the second quarter but the Rams made the final two buckets of the half to lead 47-34 heading into halftime.
The Rams blew the game wide open in the third quarter, netting another 30 points in the frame and took a commanding 77-48 heading into the fourth quarter.
Windsor had their best offensive quarter in the final ten minutes, outscoring Ryerson 30-21 but it was not enough to mount a comeback as the Rams closed the game with the 98-78 victory.
“It’s a good test for us against a top team in the country,” said Best post-game. “We have some things we need to work on but overall I think we did a great job tonight as a team.”
Other Rams in double digits included Adika Peter-McNeilly (Scarborough, Ont.) with 18 points, Jordon Gauthier (Windsor, Ont.) with 16 points and Kadeem Green (Richmond Hill, Ont.) with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Rotimi Osuntola Jr. led the Lancers with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.
The Rams improve to 4-0 on the season while Windsor moves to 3-1 on the season. Ryerson is back on the court on Friday, November 21 when they host the Laurentian Voyaguers at 8:00 p.m.