Badgers pull away for double digit win over Ryerson


Brock (5-0) 78, Ryerson (1-2) 68… 5’10” Tyler Brown was steady all night dealing with Ryerson’s pressure and 6’6″ freshman Daniel Cayer provided his now-expected all-round effort as the Badgers remained undefeated, garnering leads as large as 17 in the second half before holding off a late Ram run to win at home as the first day of the RBC Brock Classic drew to a close.  Brock made a late second quarter run, aided by a three by 6’4″ Mo Ismail during the run, and took a 5 point halftime lead.  Rams stayed in the game primarily on the offensive heroics of 6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa who finished with 16 points including several tough, contested threes but Brock guarded well and had too many offensive weapons in the win.  Ryerson did get it down to 5 with about 4 minutes remaining and later Brown, a tough competitive point guard who doesn’t back down, fouled out giving Ryerson one last chance for a run.  But questionable decision making, shot selection and some bad luck around the rim negated a Ryerson comeback.  Brock could not put Ryerson away, going an awful 3 for 12 at the free throw line down the stretch.  But Brown, with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists was the key in the win.  Brock played without 6’7″ Cassidy Ryan while Ryerson was without sharpshooting wing 6’2″ Chase Vassell.  Ryerson got a solid effort inside from 6’8″ Adam Voll who had a thunderous jam inside that ignited Ryerson’s final run.  The addition of 6’5″ Trevor Thompson into the Brock lineup has provided their front court with that extra degree of physical and mental toughness – along with Cayer who already has the make-up of an experienced veteran; although Thompson scored only 4 points, both buckets came at key points in the fourth quarter, maintaining Badgers momentum.  These are two of the better teams in the country and expect them to meet again possibly in the Wilson Cup Final 4 going forward.

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