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Wednesday, February 11
Toronto 68 @ Ryerson 104
The No. 3 Ryerson Rams men's basketball team scored a season high 104 points en route to a 104-68 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues on Wednesday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Five different Rams scored in double figures on Wednesday including a game-high 27 points from Aaron Best (Scarborough, Ont.). Jahmal Jones (Mississauga, Ont.) added 21 points and 12 assists while JV Mukama (Hamilton, Ont.) and Juwon Grannum (Mississauga, Ont.) both had strong nights off the bench with 11 and ten points, respectively.
Ryerson shot 52.2% from the floor throughout the game and sank 12 shots from beyond the arc – half of those coming from Best – to pace the Rams offence.
The Rams pride themselves on coming out strong and playing with intensity at both ends of the floor and they did that consistently again on Wednesday. The Rams also racked up 20 assists on the night, something that Jones mentioned following the game that helps balance the offence and make the team better.
Ryerson led 24-15 after the first ten minutes of play before leading 52-34 at halftime. The Rams bench had a strong night overall, giving the Ryerson starters some deserved time off while not missing a beat offensively. Through three quarters the Rams led 77-52 before adding another 27 points in the final frame to finish the night with a season-high 104 points.
Toronto's Devin Johnson had a team-high 18 points in the loss. Julian Clarke also reached double figures with 12 points.
The win is Ryerson's tenth in a row and pushes their record to 16-2 on the season. The victory also sealed the BIA Cup for the Rams, as Ryerson won three of the four matchups between both the women's and men's teams against Toronto. The Blues drop to 4-12 on the year.
Ryerson will wrap up the regular season on February 20 when they host the Queen's Gaels.
Guelph 55 @ Brock 62
The Brock University men's basketball team (7-10 OUA) defeated the Guelph Gryphons (7-9 OUA) Wednesday evening at the Bob Davis Gymnasium by the final score of 62-55.
The Bob Davis Gymnasium was sold out Wednesday evening as home fans gathered to see their Badgers fight for a playoff berth. The Gyphons weren't to be taken lightly as both teams clinged to their playoff hopes coming into Wednesday's game.
The Badgers were the stronger side in the first quarter opening the game with a 13-6 run; leaving the score at 22-10 in favour of Brock heading into the second frame.
Brock's strong play overall led to the home side outscoring their opponent in three out of the four quarters. When the final buzzer sounded, the score read 62-55 in favour of the Badgers.
The Badgers had three players in double-digits for points led by Johneil Simpson (15 points, 9 rebounds) and Zach Angelini (15 points, 4 rebounds). Point guard, Nolan Mackenzie added 11 points and four boards, while tallying a career-high nine assists. Matt Marshall totalled nine points and eight rebounds, whileDani Elgadi collected six points and nine boards in the victory.
Johnathon Wallace led the Gryphons in scoring, as he sank 7-of-14 from the field, and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc for a total of 17 points. Trevor Thompson added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double.
For the game, the Badgers shot 39% (23-for-59) from the field, while struggling from beyond the arc – shooting just 17.6% (3-for-17). Brock also went 13-for-18 (72.2%) from the charity stripe. Guelph struggled from the floor shooting just 19-for-65 (29.0%). From three-point land the Gryphons sank 3-of-17 (17.6.%). The visitors dropped 14-of-18 (77.8%) from the charity stripe.
The Badgers return to action this Saturday February, 14th as they welcome the University of Toronto to Bob Davis gymnasium.