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Lions' roar not loud enough to upset Rams

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team avoided disaster Saturday night, beating the York Lions 84-77.

The win for Ryerson not only gives them their second straight in 2019 but it keeps them just two points behind the first placed Carleton Ravens.

The first half wasn’t kind to the Rams and after the opening 20 minutes Ryerson was trailing by five points.

They were just 4-14 from three-point land and both of their centres – Tanor Ngom and Warsame Mohamed – were dealing with foul trouble.

This was a game, which based on history and the current standings, would expect to see the Rams handle the Lions easily. But that wasn’t the case and the game became a test for Ryerson as they were down going into the second half.

The third quarter was much of the same story as the first half. Try as they might, the Rams just couldn’t break through and take the lead.

Ryerson held York to just 18 points in the third but the offence was yet to break through and Ryerson only mustered 19 points themselves.

In the fourth the Rams offence clicked early in the quarter and a Myles Charvis jumper with 8:04 left in the fourth gave Ryerson their first lead since early in the third quarter.

The teams traded the lead a few times before Ryerson went on a bit of a run and extended their lead to seven. The Rams wouldn’t look back after getting it to that number and escaped the Lions' den unscathed.

Charvis and Jean-Victor Mukama led the charge for the Rams on offence; the two combined for 44 points on 16-32 shooting.

Ryerson’s size and length was on full display in the rebound battle, as the Rams out-rebounded the Lions 43 to 24. With the game being decided by just seven points the Rams ability to limit York’s second chances really played into their favour.  

The Rams will be back in action Jan. 18 when they host the Laurentian Voyageurs at 8:00 p.m. on Gold Rush night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

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