By Kabeer Sethi and Ryan Skilton
The Ryerson Rams treated their home fans to some hard-fought basketball Saturday night. Winning streaks were on the line for all the teams as Ryerson faced off against the Windsor Lancers in a men’s and women’s double-header. The men dominated the No. 4 ranked Lancers with a 98-78 victory while the women’s game went down to the last shot in a 77-74 loss to the No. 1 ranked team in the nation.
Mariah Nunes just missed a game-tying three at the buzzer and led the team with eight assists and seven boards. Veteran Keneca Pingue-Giles had a game-high 21 points on a blistering 57 per cent shooting from the floor. The Lancers, however, had a balanced attack with four players finishing in double digits. Lancers forward Cheyanne Roger finished with a double-double, tallying 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Things were better and far easier on the men’s side. Aaron Best had 30 points on the night as the Lancers had no answer for the fourth-year guard. Jahmal Jones went 0 for 12 from the field but tied the all-time Rams single-game assist record with 15. All seven of his points came from the free-throw line.
The Rams built a double-digit lead late in the first quarter and never looked back. Though the Lancers fought back with 30 points in the last quarter, they still fell well short of the mark as the Rams finished with a comfortable victory.
Both teams face Laurentian University next week at home. Look out for detailed coverage of the game and all things Rams at The Ryersonian in the coming week.