OUA: Ryerson pulls away, Nipissing on verge of first-ever playoff spot


#6 Ryerson 70, Queen’s 59… 6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa had 10 of his game-high 16 points during a 20-7 run bridging the third and fourth quarters as the host Rams pulled away to put another crimp into Gaels post-season hopes.  Queen’s led by two midway through the third but Diressa got going, knocking down a three on the final possession of the quarter and later capping the run with another 3 as Ryerson extended to leads as large as 17.  Despite the return from injury of 6’8″ Adam Voll, Ryerson continued to struggle on the glass as Queen’s stayed in the game with 16 offensive rebounds but Gaels shot just 5 for 27 (18.5%) from three-point land and 32% overall in absorbing their 8th consecutive loss.

Nipissing 79, Guelph 69… Lakers jumped out to an 18-0 lead off the start of the game and cruised to an easy home win against the Gryphons as Nipissing fortified their hold on the #5 spot in the OUA RPI and their program-first-ever playoff spot.  6’4″ Marcus Lewis led the way with 15 points and 8 rebounds.

Laurentian 73, Lakehead 67… The Voyageurs continued their resurgence, solidifying a hold on an OUA playoff spot by holding off the Thunderwolves in Sudbury.  Laurentian, which got 18 points from 6’2″ freshman Kadre Gray, led by as many as 20 however Lakehead rallied to get it to within 2 with 7 minutes to go.  But Lakehead scored just 5 points the rest of the way, going 1-8 from three in the final 7 minutes of play.  Lakehead currently finds themselves out of the Top 12 in the OUA RPI.  Lakehead has a must-win at Nipissing this evening while Laurentian hosts Guelph in what is becoming must-win games for the Gryphons.

Western 79, Algoma 67… 6’1″ freshman Omar Shiddo had 20 points and the Mustangs rode a strong second quarter run to a solid road win in Sault Ste. Marie.  The teams meet again this evening.

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