TORONTO – The Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team will be looking to extend their winning streak to eight games and finish the fall schedule with a perfect record as they play host to the Brock Badgers and McMaster Marauders this weekend.On Tuesday the Rams were rewarded for their strong start as they entered the national rankings for the first time in 12 years in the No. 10 position.

Ryerson has been playing well at both ends of the floor and are within the nation’s top five in multiple statistical categories.

Offensively the Rams have shot 46.2% from the floor, good for fifth in the country, while their 38.5% efficiency from three point range ranks them fourth. Third year forward Bjorn Michaelsen (Otterburn Park, Que.) currently leads the country with his 66.7% shooting percentage and is one of three Rams in the OUA’s top 15 in scoring with 15.3 points per game.

Jahmal Jones (Mississauga, Ont.) and Jordon Gauthier (Windsor, Ont.) join Michaelsen in the scoring race, with 18.2 and 15.0 points per game, respectively.

Ryerson has held their opponents to an average of just 60.3 points per game, tied for the best scoring defence in the OUA and second in the CIS, and limited opponents to just 33.2% shooting, tops in the OUA. The Rams do a good job of retreating on defence and not allowing teams easy points in transition which helps keep those averages down.

The Brock Badgers (1-4) have not found the win column since opening night and have struggled offensively, averaging just 64.0 points per game so far. Mark Gibson (Toronto) is the Badgers’ leading scorer with 17.0 points per game, logging more than a quarter of the team’s total.

The Badgers have surrendered an average of 81.4 points against per game and have been outscored by 87 points, though 39 of those came in one game against No. 1 ranked Carleton. Brock’s strongest defensive asset is their blocking with a 4.8 blocks per game average to lead the OUA and leave them second in the CIS.

Ryerson has won three of the last four games against Brock and will look to tally their third straight over the Badgers on Friday evening.

The McMaster Marauders were touted to be one of the west’s top teams this year following their successful finish last season where they qualified for the Wilson Cup championship but have faltered against the east division so far as their record stands at just 1-4.

The Rams have struggled against Mac in the past, posting just a single victory in the eleven previous meetings, and will be looking to move the trend in the other direction on Saturday evening.

McMaster is led by sophomore guard Joe Rocca (Sarnia, Ont.) with 14.4 points per game while junior Taylor Black (Stoney Creek, Ont.) follows closely with 12.4 points per game. Adam Presutti (Oakville, Ont.) is mired in a sophomore slump to begin the year, averaging just 3.5 points in four games after being named last year’s west division rookie of the year.

The Marauders boast another strong rookie in Rohan Boney (Oakville, Ont.) who is currently third on the team in scoring with an average of 11.2 points per game.

As the Rams sit at 6-0 on the season they have tied the most recent winning streak of six games set last season. Victories this weekend will move the Rams closer to the longest win streak which was 14 games in the 1999-2000 season.

Ryerson takes on Brock at 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening before hosting McMaster at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night.

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