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Ryerson rolls past Windsor

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - For the eighth straight game the Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team found themselves on the winning side of a ball game. This time it was taking down the Windsor Lancers 94-38.

Coming off their big comeback win against the Brock Badgers, Ryerson was looking to get out to a fast start to avoid another nail biting result. And they did just that.

Ryerson’s strong defence and Windsor’s problems on offence set up as a great matchup for the Rams and they took full advantage of that.

The win for Ryerson started right from the tip with Ryerson limiting the Lancers to just 12 points in the opening 10 minutes of the game.

The fast start didn’t stop there and in the second quarter the Rams outscored Windsor 30-6 to take a commanding 34-point lead into the half.

Assistant coach Borko Popic said, “Defence is a big focus for us, our size and length or ability to play the ball is impactful and that was on display.”

It was a bit of a slow start to the third quarter for the Rams, and it’s possible that with such a large lead the Rams lost their way. In stepped Liam O'Leary-Orange.

O'Leary-Orange has become known for his warmup routine of high flying dunks, as an end of the bench piece for the Rams as he doesn’t get as many minutes as most players. But tonight his bounce was on full display.

Popic said, “He brought a lot of energy and was able to showcase his athleticism. It gave us a boost and we were able to feed off of that to get our game back.”

The spark that O'Leary-Orange provided in the game and even in the pre-game is an important one in games like these and other games, fifth-year Jean-Victor Mukama guard said. “Sometimes we go away on those long travel days and it can be hard to get motivated. But he does stuff like that every night, and throws some ridiculous dunks and it gets us going.”

The third quarter was no different - it was all Ryerson, all the time. Ryerson’s defence which had been on display all first half showed up in the third quarter as well. Through three quarters 32 of the Rams 70 points were points directly off of Windsor turnovers.

Once all was said and done the Rams had won the game by 56 points. For the Rams it’s their third biggest margin of victory in the program’s history and their biggest since 2012.

Fifth-year forward Filip Vujadinovic said, “We take pride in every win, whether it be a 40-point win or a five-point win. But seeing the bench come on and shine I take a lot of pride in that, because I know that in the playoffs if someone gets hurt or is having an off game those are the guys who can come in and possibly win us a game.”  

Ryerson will be back in action Saturday night against the Western Mustangs, tipoff is at 8:00 p.m. at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

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