The Ryerson Rams dropped their 2011-12 NCAA/CIS exhibition opener 93-71 to NCAA powerhouse Baylor Bears.
A big crowd was on hand to witness one the top programs in NCAA Basketball, the game was billed as double-header. Team Canada won a close game against Belgium in the earlier game.
Canadian Guard Brady Heslip (Burlington On) led the Bears charge by draining six big three-pointers and finished with a game-high 28 points in front of his family, friends and home crowd.
“The atmosphere tonight was just ridiculous it was a great feeling to be playing in front of my home, my fans, family, friends, it was an unbelievable experience.” mention Heslip in his post game interview.
“The one thing that is under appreciated at times with Brady is his competitive nature,” Drew said. “He talks on defense, hates to lose, feeds the post and plays off the pick-and-roll well. He does more than just shoot the ball; being such a good shooter allows the floor to be spaced out more for our post players.”
Perry Jones III barely broke a sweat and finished with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting. He added two three-pointers to go along with five rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Showing off his all-around game to a city that might potentially draft him one day.
Ryerson was led by three players in double figures – Bjorn Michaelsen (18), Jordon Gauthier (16) and Aaron Best (13).
Head Coach Roy Rana was without the services of his starting guard Jahmal Jones,a first-team OUA all-star and CIS all-rookie team a year ago. Jones is currently playing in China with the Canadian Men’s squad for the 26th Universiade Games
Ola Adeghoruwa one of the top defensive guards in the OUA also missed the game and is recovering from off-season surgery. Adeghoruwa set Ryerson’s single-season steals record last season.
“Toronto is a great city and the people have been really kind and hospitable to us,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. “Basketball in Canada is on the uptick and with the two games Saturday, the atmosphere was unbelievable.”
Baylor also routed 104-78 Canada’s Junior National team in an earlier game. Both Perry and Heslip scored over 20 points in that contest.
Heslip averaged 28.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as a senior at Nelson High School (Burlington, Ontario) and was a three-time Halton all-star selection.
He transferred to New Hampton Prep and committed to Boston College in the fall of 2009 before changing his mind and opening up his options. As per NCAA rules he sat out last year and will now play his first true season as NCAA player with Bears.
Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo was in the building getting an up-front opportunity to witness Perry Jones III a future NBA lottery pick. Heslip who is also a current member of Canada’s Senior National Team didn’t play against Belgium.
Carleton Ravens set records in 129-44, 85-point beat-down of York Lions
The No. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens improved to 16-2 overall and 8-0 in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference action with a 129-44 — 85 point beat-down of the York Lions to set a modern-day U Sports men’s basketball record, for most points scored and the largest margin of victory in a OUA conference game.
The Ravens’ 129 points is the most points scored in a (OUA) game and the third highest scoring output in historic programs’ 58-year history. Carleton routed the Fleming Knights (CCAA/OCAA) 130-78 in non-conference win on October 3, 2009. The 85-point win is the second largest margin of victory in team’s history — including CIAU, CIS, OUA conference, non-conference and games against NCAA teams.
According to historic records, and stats guru Martin Timmerman, the Ravens’ also hold the bragging rights for the most points scored and largest margin of victory in Canadian university basketball history. The all-time mark dates back to the 1964-1965 season with the Ravens’ beating the Ottawa Gee-Gees 144-52 — a whooping 92 point victory in the old Ottawa-St. Lawrence Intercollegiate Association (IAA) conference which was part of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU).
The OUA was formed on July 1st of 1997 in a amalgamation of the both the Ontario Universities Athletic Association (OUAA) and the Ontario Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Association (OWIAA).
The previous largest OUA margin of victory stood firmly at 81, 77 points respectively, dating back to two occasions involving the same two teams. January 15, 2011 — the Ravens pounded the now defunct Royal Military College (RMC) men’s basketball program with a 121-40 win in Kingston, Ontario. Two weeks later, on January 28, in Ottawa, the Ravens’ won by a easy 77 points, in a 101-24 cake walk victory.
The York Lions (7-15, 1-10 OUA) never had a chance — trailing 32-7 after the first 10 minutes and down 64-21 at half-time. The Lions allowed the Ravens’ to outscored them 35-15 in the third-quarter and were limited to just 9 points in the final 10 minutes — while giving-up an another 35-point-quarter.
Stanley Mayambo 17 points, 4 rebounds paced seven Ravens’ players in double-figures. Lloyd Pandi added 14 points, 2 rebounds. Aiden Warnholtz played a game-high 28 minutes off the bench and contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. All of Carleton’s players scored at least five points and attempted at least five shots with only one bench player logging less then 10 minutes of playing time. None of the Carleton’s starting five logged more than 19 minutes of action.
Carleton knocked down 45-of-77 (58.4%) field-goals, made 15-of-32 (46.5%) three-pointers and connected on a healthy 24-30 (80%) from free-throws — while limiting the Lions to just 14-of-62 (22.6%), 4-of-20% (20%) from downtown and 12-of-23 (52%) free-throws.
Carleton, currently on a four-game home stretch will take on the Nipissing Lakers before closing out the first semester with a highly anticipated showdown against nationally ranked and cross-town rival Ottawa Gee-Gees.
Kadre Gray career-high 51 points keep Laurentian Voyageurs unbeaten
Kadre Gray scored a career-high 51 points as the Laurentian Voyageurs (4-0) stayed unbeaten with 107-77 win over the Algoma Thunderbirds. The reigning two-time U Sports Most Valuable Player (MVP) torched Algoma — shooting 17-for-24 (70.8%) from the floor and burying 9-of-15 (60%) triples including 8-of-12 (66%) from the foul line — adding 9 assists and 2 steals in 32 minutes.
Gray scored 14 points in the opening quarter and added 11 more in the second-quarter to finish the half with 25 points as Laurentian trailed the Thunderbirds 51-46. The former Rookie of the Year (2016-17) added to his count with 10 more in the middle frame helping Laurentian rally to take a 74-69 lead.
The Toronto, Ontario native doubled-up the Thunderbirds in the fourth quarter — scoring 16 points in 10 minutes as Laurentian outscored Algoma 33-8 to run away with the game.
Gray has been on a tear to start the 2019-2020 U Sports men’s basketball season pouring 40 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists in a win over the Bishop Gaiters just four days ago. The two-time first-team All-Canadian also racked-up 25 points against the Western Mustangs and 19 points in the preseason opener over the Waterloo Warriors.
Gray is currently averaging 33.7 points per game, slightly higher than the league-leading 31 points per game a year ago. Gray’s previous career-high was a 48-point game in 101-81 win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves on November 3rd 2018.
Kadre Gray on pace to become U Sports All-Time Scorer
With two years of eligibility remaining and currently sitting at 1549 career points the Laurentian guard is on pace to surpass UNB Reds standout Javon Masters to become the all-time greatest scorer in U Sports basketball men’s history.
Masters had 1608 entering his junior year and scored 799 in his final two campaigns to finish with 2407 career points — surpassing Ryerson’s Boris Bakovic’s 2319 total points. Kadre Gray scored 620 points in 20 regular season games last year alone and should he come anywhere near that pace this year and opt to return for a final fifth-year he could shatter the mark.
The four-year stand-out guard is coming off a stellar season and opted to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft and will once again look to make his mark on Canadian University basketball.
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