Manny Pasquale Nails Dagger, Alex Ratte Helps Lead Laurentian Over #6-Ranked Ryerson

Laurentian had a packed house to witness their big victory over Ryerson
Laurentian had a packed house to witness their big victory over Ryerson

Entering the game, Ryerson was coming off their first loss of the season to the #1-Ranked Carleton Ravens making them 10-1. On the flip side, Laurentian had lost a close call to Queens 84-82 dropping to 5-6 on the season.

The Rams are currently the #6-ranked team in the nation, while the voyageurs are steadily working to climb the ladder; that they did, as the Voyageurs knocked off Ryerson 75-73 on a dagger fade away jumper by Manny Pasquale in front of a packed and boisterous crowd.

Pasquale registered 16 points, three rebounds and five assists, while the rocket launcher Alex Ratte poured in a game-high 29 points and five rebounds. George Serresse recorded a double-double of 13 and 10.

For Ryerson, it was Jahmal Jones putting up a team-high 22 points, six rebounds and Aaron Best posting 17 points, nine boards.

LU now moves to 6-6 while adding another impressive victory to their resume. Earlier in the season the Voyageurs also defeated Windsor and MacMaster, who are #1 and #3 in the current OUA-West standings.

This victory snaps a seven-game losing streak (with holiday tournaments included), as Laurentian gets back to .500 on the season.

Pots and Pans in full effect
Pots and Pans in full effect

The first half of the CIS season dictated that the OUA-East is arguably the strongest conference in the country this year; this Laurentian victory has cemented the notion.


Carleton 12 11 1 0.917 1088 719 22
Ottawa 13 11 2 0.846 1070 917 22
Ryerson 12 10 2 0.833 943 807 20
Queen’s 13 9 4 0.692 1086 1016 18
Laurentian 12 6 6 0.500 918 915 12
York 12 5 7 0.417 913 995 10
Toronto 12 2 10 0.167 867 998 4

This win should serve as a great confidence booster and provide momentum for LU, who will take on the University of Toronto tonight.

Ryerson, now 10-2 will face the York Lions in hopes of getting back to their winning ways, currently on a two-game losing streak.


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