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