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Unranked Guelph Gryphons Stun No. 1 Ryerson Rams

Unranked Guelph Gryphons Stun No. 1 Ryerson Rams
Unranked Guelph Gryphons Stun No. 1 Ryerson Rams

The Guelph Gryphons (11-14, 8-8) playing in their first home game in over a month pulled off their biggest win in five years with an inspired 96-92 win over the visiting and No. 1 ranked Ryerson Rams (21-5, 14-2) at the W.F Mitchell Centre.

Paced by a career-high 27 points from third-year guard Jonathan Wallace (Malton, ON) the Gryphons fought a furious Ryerson comeback as Adika Peter-McNeilly poured scored 11 of his game-high 34 points in a furious last minute snapping the Rams 11-game winning streak and keeping their slim playoff hopes alive in a bunched-up and intriguing Ontario University Association.

“We had nothing to lose, they’re No. 1, we’re in a precarious position. We played fearless.” discussed veteran (18th season) head coach Chris O’Rourke after picking up a signature win.

“I knew we were capable of doing it,” said Wallace a Toronto product, “I felt in the zone. When I had shots, I wanted to stick them.” And stick them they did as nailed 12-29
41.4% from downtown, 6’5 forward Ahmed Haroon (Mississauga,ON) notched a double-double of 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds and Guard Daniel Dooley (Burlington, ON) came up clutch knocking down some huge shots, finishing with night with 19 points and 9 assists.

Guelph has won three of their last four games and is 6-3 in the second semester, halting a five game losing skid to the Rams in the process that goes back to November 2010 when the Gryphons defeated Ryerson 90-77 in Toronto.

With just three games remaining in regular season their Gryphons still have a tall ladder to climb in their are going to get in the postseason, the Toronto Blues, McMaster Marauders and the Brock Badgers stand in the way Gryphons playoff aspirations.

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Aaron Best added 24 points and 10 rebounds the in the Rams losing effort which will surely impact the national rankings and could see Ryerson drop-out of the top five entirely.

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