Ryerson (3-2) 84, Regina (3-7) 63… Taking over the game early with a 54 point first half and ultimately building leads as large as 33, the Rams again spread the minutes around, this afternoon getting a season-high 16 points from 6’0″ guard Myles Charvis in knocking off the Cougars as the RBC Brock Classic closed in St. Catharines.
Rams Coach Roy Rana has been tinkering with his lineups as he and his group seek to get comfortable with a winning rotation and Rana chose to start Charvis today ahead of 6’0″ veteran Roshane Roberts. The move was successful as Charvis shot 7 for 9 from the floor and had 4 assists against only 2 turnovers. Roberts was very good off the bench going 3 for 5 from three and adding 5 steals. This veteran point guard combination should grow into one of the more deeper quality lead guard tandems in the country. 6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa, who is probably at his best on the wing playing off the point, had 11 points today and remains arguably Ryerson’s best offensive weapon. 6’4″ Adika Peter-McNeilly also flashed his all-round game, pushing a triple-double with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
Today it was Ryerson’s defensive pressure that created 29 Regina turnovers and held their key three-some of 6’4″ Brian Ofori, 6’1″ Aaron McGowan and 6’1″ Alex Igual to a combined 4 for 22 that helped spark the early lead. 6’2″ Johneil Johnson came off the bench to score 18 points for the Cougars while 5’11” fifth-year reserve guard Matthew Augustine (Toronto, ON) added 16 off the bench.
Rana continues to be comfortable that the different lineups used to date will ultimately keep his team tested and, further, that his is a “great character group that knows and accepts rotations will change for the good of the team.”
Ryerson played without key 6’6″ Filip Vujadinovic who missed the game with a minor knee injury as they prepare for their league opener against Laurier in about 2 weeks. Rams will also play one NCAA Division 1 opponent, travelling to Buffalo to meet Canisius Golden Griffins at the Koessler Center in the coaching debut of new Head man Reggie Witherspoon. Cougars travel to Southern Alberta next weekend for a pair of non-conference games against Alberta and Lethbridge.