Photo by Christian Bender

Rams travel to Laurier looking to return to OUA title game

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - It was a commanding 23-point win for the Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team over the No. 8 Ottawa Gee-Gees that got them in this game and now the Rams find themselves just one win away from the OUA Finals.

The Laurier Golden Hawks have enjoyed a good season and their record of 18-6 put them at the number one seed in the OUA West.

Although Ryerson ended the season with a better record than the Golden Hawks, due to the playoff format and the Rams being a lowest seed remaining in the OUA East, they have to travel and play the highest seed remaining in the West.

The Rams struggled at times in their quarter-final game with the Gee-Gees and at times the offence just didn’t look right. But Ryerson was able to make the needed adjustments at the half and ran away with the game in the final 20 minutes.

These two teams have met once before this season when the Rams beat Laurier 97-52 in early November.

The biggest take away from that game was Ryerson’s ability to limit Laurier’s top scorer – Ali Sow.

Sow finished the year averaging 26.6 points per game, well up from the 16.5 he averaged in 2017-18. But in November when these teams met the Rams held Sow to 8 points on 3-16 shooting.

Ryerson was able to limit Sow in their matchup thanks to their depth; the depth allows Ryerson to keep fresh bodies on the other team’s top player and as the game goes on and fatigue sets in Ryerson defenders stay fresh.

If Ryerson is able to limit Sow’s output again this time around Laurier once again won’t have the fire power to keep up with Ryerson’s offence.

Ryerson is looking to make their fourth straight OUA title game and all that stands in their way is this one game against the Golden Hawks on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. from Laurier's Athletic Complex and will be available on OUA.tv

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