Ryerson guard Manny Diressa scored game-high 28 points, including a tying three-pointer, but Calgary had the appropriate response that left the Rams heartbroken again at the Canadian university men’s basketball championship.
It was the second year in a row that Ryerson lost in the championship game. The Rams have won national medals four years in a row, including bronze in both 2015 and ’16. They also lost to Calgary in the national semifinal in 2016.
It’s the first time in eight years that a program other than Carleton won the men’s title, with the Ravens winning the W.P. McGee Trophy every season since 2011.
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 programs to claim victory.
Earlier in the day, Eddie Ekiyor had 21 points and eight rebounds as the No. 1 Ravens bounced back from their semifinal loss against Ryerson to beat the No. 3 McGill Redmen 76-71 for third.
Yasiin Joseph added 16 points for the Ravens, who outscored McGill by 15 in the second half after trailing 34-24 at the break. Carleton shot 59.2 per cent from the field in the second half.