Wednesday, November 30, 2011
La Salle Cruises Past Northeastern 68-51
La Salle used stingy defense and hot perimeter shooting to run away from Northeastern by a 68-51 score. The Explorers made 7 of 8 shots from beyond the arc in the second half to help open up a double digit lead with fifteen minutes remaining. Northeastern was never able to get closer than 13 points the rest of the way. The win was La Salle's fifth straight at Tom Gola Arena.
Earl Pettis led the way with 15 points and 7 rebounds while Ramon Galloway (14), Tyreek Duren (13) and Jerrell Wright (11) also scored in double figures for the balanced Explorers. Jonathan Lee scored 11 points for the Huskies but it was Sam Mills' defensive effort on Northeastern's leading scorer Joel Smith (2 points) that helped secure the victory. Smith was averaging almost 18 points per game coming into the contest.