HALIFAX—For the first time in eight years there will be a new champion in U Sports men’s basketball.
Manny Diressa scored a game-high 28 points as the No. 5 Ryerson Rams knocked off the seven-time defending champion Carleton Ravens 84-76 on Saturday in semifinal action.
No. 1 Carleton entered the national championship tournament with a 23-0 record in Ontario University Athletics, and beat Ryerson in the OUA finals for the conference championship.
“We played hard, but Manny (Diressa) was too good,” said Ravens head coach Dave Smart. “We played really hard, but you have to give (Ryerson) credit. They’re a veteran team and they played like it.”
The Ravens had won 13 of the past 15 national titles dating back to 2002-03 season, with the Saskatchewan Huskies (2009-10) and Brock Badgers (2007-08) being the only other school programs to win the W.P. McGee Trophy.