Peter-McNeilly finishes strong as Ryerson outlasts energetic

Ryerson 79, Saint Mary’s 70…  6’3″ All-Canadian Adika Peter-McNeilly had 13 of his 17 points in the final 12 minutes as the Rams outlasted a game and energetic Huskies team spurred on by a large, loud Scotiabank Place crowd estimated at over 5,000.  Huskies trailed by double digits early before 6’5″ Brian Rouse (15 points) and 6’5″ Theon Reefer (17 points on 7-20 shooting) began attacking the rim and 6’8″ Ach Lual (14 points, 15 rebounds) worked the offensive glass – SMU basically stayed in the game with 18 “o” boards.  Ryerson threatened to pull away at least twice in the second half but Huskies got it to 2 with about 4 minutes remaining when Peter-McNeilly took over with a splendid hesitation take to the rim at high speed in transition for an “and 1″ followed by a dagger three.  6’4” Ammanuel Diressa had 24 points to lead all scorers, virtually all in the first 3 quarters adding 7 rebounds and 4 assists.  5’11” Myles Charvis (12 points) was instrumental in the win for Ryerson also with several acrobatic finishes at the rim.  Rams were dominated on the glass 52-35 and again struggled shooting the 3 ball in an arena setting going just 7 for 25 (28%) from downtown, well off their season average about 40% as a team.  Recall Rams struggled shooting it at the Meridian Center in St. Catharines in their regular season loss in St. Catharines to Brock.


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