By Noah Love
The Ryerson men’s basketball team only won half its games in Montreal on the weekend, but it took a full-assed effort.
On Friday, the Rams came back from behind against the nationally eighth-ranked Concordia Stingers to force overtime, before losing 77-71.
On Saturday they rebounded with a 79-75 win over the McGill Redmen. Sandy Brar led Ryerson scorers with 29 points in the win.
“We were really intense for the whole weekend,” said first-year guard Karlo Villanueva. “Especially coming back against Concordia after being down for the whole game.”
The Rams entered the weekend in a three-way tie for second place in the OUA East Division with York and U of T.
York moved into sole possession of second place by winning both its games on the weekend to improve to 7-3. U of T, however, stayed even with Ryerson by going 1-1. Both teams are now 6-3.
This Friday the Rams face their biggest test of the year when the division leaders and nationally fifth-ranked Carleton Ravens visit Kerr gym.
A win over the 9-0 Ravens would boost the Rams in CIAU rankings and bridge the gap between the first-place team and the three Toronto schools.
“We haven’t seen Carleton play so we’re not sure what to expect,” Brar said. “But we shouldn’t have a problem competing with them.”