Photo by Hung Le

Rams keep things close but fall to No. 1 Ravens

By Andrea Elliott
OTTAWA - The No. 5 Ryerson Rams men's basketball team pushed the No. 1 Carleton Ravens to their closest game of the year but came out on the losing side of an 82-77 scoreline in the nation's capital on Friday night.


The Ravens entered Friday's game having beat all their opponents by double digits this season so the five point loss proves the Rams can hang with the best in the country.

Ryerson got out to a quick start, jumping out to an 11-2 lead to open the game. That momentum was halted abruptly for the rest of the quarter as the Ravens erased the deficit and led 17-12 after ten minutes.

The Rams reestablished themselves in the second quarter but were trailing by six on their last possession. Filip Vujadinovic - back in his first game since January 27 - hit a buzzer beater three-pointer to end the half and the Rams were down by just three at 35-32.

That last second shot may have given the Rams the boost they needed as they stormed out of the half on a 14-2 run to take a 46-37 lead with 6:58 remaining in the quarter. Once again Carleton rallied with the punches and went on their own run to close the quarter with a 56-55 lead over the Rams.

Midway through the fourth quarter the Rams found themselves down by 10 and it looked like another Carleton double digit win was in the books, but Ryerson never felt out of it and whiddled the lead back down to just a two-point spread at 78-76 with 47 seconds remaining. 

From there, Carleton's Kajami-Keane hit a shot in the lane with 42 seconds remaining and the four-point game became a free throw battle. Ryerson's Manny Diressa hit one of two and the Rams were forced to foul after the Ravens were able to inbound the basketball. Connor Wood converted his two free throws in the dying moments to seal the 82-77 win for the Ravens.

Diressa finished with a game-high 26 points for the Rams while Kajami-Keane led the Ravens with 21 points. Joe Rocca had a big game off the bench for the Ravens with 15 points and shooting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.

Ryerson drops to 16-2 on the season while Carleton remains unbeaten at 17-0. The Rams will be back in action Saturday night as they take on the No. 4 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees at Montpetit Hall.



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