M-BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: No. 4 Marauders survive scare from Golden Hawks

M-BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: No. 4 Marauders survive scare from Golden Hawks

Wednesday, January 7

Laurier 75 @ McMaster 85

Playing their first game in over a month, the McMaster men's basketball team got just enough to beat a tough Laurier Golden Hawk squad 85-75 on Wednesday night in the Burridge Gym.

Laurier jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead, but before the opening quarter was done the Marauders had rallied to go in front 25-18 after 10 minutes.

The second quarter turned into the Will Coulthard show as the Laurier guard caught fire and made shots from all over the floor, including a rare 4-point play.   Behind Coulthard the Hawks were able to get to within four as McMaster still held a 41-37 margin at the half.

The third quarter saw McMaster gain a bit of cushion, but a Laurier run midway through the quarter brought the Hawks as close as 54-53.   Seeing their lead all but vanish, the men in maroon had a strong finish to the third, scoring the last eight points and the score was 62-53 heading to the final stanza.

McMaster got the lead up to 12 early in the fourth, but Laurier refused to fold and fought back to close within four points on a couple of occasions, but could get no closer.   Some late free throws by the Marauders boosted the margin of victory to the final 10 points.  

After giving up 18 points to Coulthard in the first half, McMaster did a much better job on him in the second half.  Primarily guarded by Trevon McNeil, Coulthard could only muster four points in the final 20 minutes.

McMaster had four players in double digits, led by Taylor Black with 18 and 12 boards.  Aaron Redpath and Joe Rocca each scored 16, while Rohan Boney chipped in 11.  Coulthard's 22 set the pace for Laurier.

The Marauders shot a respectable 44% from the floor, but the charity stripe was an adventure on this night as McMaster only made 27 of 44 attempts.  Laurier shot 36% for the game, but drained 8 of 23 from beyond the arc to help stay in striking range.   The battle of the boards was won by McMaster 44-41.

Now with a record of 7 and 2 the Marauders will start a stretch of three straight road games, with the first one at Ryerson on Saturday afternoon.  It's a clash of ranked teams as the Rams are currently slotted 3rd in the CIS top-ten, one spot ahead of McMaster.

Source: McMaster Marauders

Ryerson 92 @ Toronto 68

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men's basketball team started the second half of the season with a 92-68 loss to the No. 3 Ryerson Rams on Wednesday night (Jan. 7) at the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.

With the loss, the Blues drop to 2-7 and remain in third place, while the Rams improve to 7-2 and sit first in the East.  

The game marked the second of four in the Toronto/Ryerson BIA Cup series. The Harbord Street Business Improvement Area (BIA) partnered with the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), which represents 78 local BIAs and over 35,000 local businesses, to foster a cross-town basketball rivalry between U of T and Ryerson by creating the BIA Cup.

The series will culminate on February 11 when Ryerson hosts Toronto and Mattamy Athletic Centre. The points from all four games will be accumulated to determine the winner of the Cup.

Fourth-year guard Julian Clarke led the Blues with 15 points, while Dylan Churchill had 14 on the night. Sage Usher added eight points, with Denis Ankrah, Manny Sahota, and Chase Ruttenberg each had seven in the loss.

Ryerson's Jahmal Jones led all players with 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Kadeem Green added 14 points, with Adika Peter-McNeilly recording 11 points. Aaron Best and Juwon Grannum had 10 points each in the win.

The Varsity Blues return to the court next Saturday, January 17 as they travel to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., to take on the Algoma Thunderbirds. Game time is set for 8 p.m.

Source: Toronto Varsity Blues