Transition fuels easy Ryerson win over McMaster


#4 Ryerson (15-2, 13-0) 99, McMaster (15-7, 7-7) 77… Getting out in transition with regularity and building third-quarter leads as large as 25, the hometown Rams hammered McMaster, playing without 6’4″ Rohan Boney, out with an ankle injury.  Ryerson scored the first 9 points of the game and quickly built leads as large as 17 as 6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly had 11 of his 23 points and 6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa added 10 of his 22 points before both hit the bench with 2 fouls in the first half.  6’7″ fifth-year senior Juwan Grannum (13 points, 6 rebounds) had another consistent effort at both ends, leading an early third quarter run that iced the game that included a catch-and-shoot three from about 4 feet behind the stripe that built the lead to 23.  Marauders shot just 27% in the first half but stayed in the game on the offensive glass (13 “o” boards before halftime) which helped contribute to 6’7″ Connor Gilmore‘s season-high 30 points and 11 rebounds.  Marauders exposed the smallish Rams on the glass – attacking the offensive boards to the tune of 26 offensive boards and 31 second-chance points as Ryerson played without 6’6″ Keevon Small and 6’8″ Adam Voll who has not played since Christmas.  Mac got a solid opening quarter from 6’1″ Chris Thompson who had 3 acrobatic buckets to get Marauders back to single digits but the potentially-dynamic wing did not return after the early run.  But Rams used their depth, getting a solid second-quarter effort from 6’2″ Chase Vassell who just returned from injury; Vassell had a season-high 14 points including a pair of threes.  Without impact forward Boney, Marauders substituted freely, getting deep into their bench by the third quarter but this game was never really in doubt.  Mac get set to meet U of T Varsity Blues in Toronto at the Goldring Center on Saturday afternoon at 2 PM while the Rams prepare for their game at the Meridian Center in St. Catharines on Friday night against Brock Badgers where a crowd of more than 3,000 is expected.

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