Rams impress despite tight loss at Canisius


Canisius 99, Ryerson 95… In what turned into an offensive shootout, 6’3″ junior Kassius Robertson (Thornhill Thornlea), knocked down 8 threes and had a game-high 32 points as the Golden Griffins held off visiting Ryerson in Buffalo.  Robertson, one of five Canadians on new Head Coach Reggie Witherspoon’s roster at Canisius, was instrumental in a 17-4 run midway through the second half that erased a one-point Rams lead.  Ryerson, which shot 19 for 45 from three point land, later got the game back to within 1 and the ball with a minute and a half remaining but could not close, as Canisius 6’7″ senior Phil Valente hit back-to-back 3’s late to clinch it.  Griffs shot 14 for 28 from 3 in the perimeter shooting barrage and went 17 for 27 from the free throw line against just 8 for 9 for Ryerson.  6’0″ Roshanne Roberts came off the bench to knock down 23 points including 5-10 3’s to lead Ryerson while 6’3″ veteran Adika Peter-McNeilly added 20 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and only 1 turnover in 36 minutes, assuming much of the offensive decision-making responsibilities in the absence of 6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa, who missed his second consecutive game with an undisclosed injury.  Ryerson also got a sterling effort from 6’2″ Chase Vassell who also finished with 20 points; Vassell, who started his first season as a Ram slowly with nagging injuries and adapting to new defensive systems, gives Ryerson an added component of outside shooting.  The well-played game had only 26 turnovers between the two teams and sets up Ryerson well for their rivalry game at the University of Toronto on Friday night at the Goldring Center against the Varsity Blues.

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