03/14/2015 11:53 EDT | Updated 05/14/2015 05:59 EDT

Ryerson coach praises support for Rams at CIS men's basketball championship

TORONTO - Ryerson coach Roy Rana saw the big picture Saturday night in the Rams' 84-75 semifinal loss to the Ottawa Gee-Gees at the CIS men's basketball championship.

A sellout crowd of 4,056 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre didn't stop cheering for the seventh-seeded Rams.

"Tonight was a special night," said Rana, who took over the Ryerson program in August 2009.

"To see this type of support, to see this type of energy for Ryerson. When I got here, we'd have 150 people at a game and really have to beg them to come," he added. "To see this type of support from our students and our community is pretty special.

"I just wish we could have won and kept it going."

The host Rams finished fourth in the OUA with a 17-2 regular-season record. They upset No. 2 Windsor 72-68 in Thursday's quarter-final to make the final four.