Saturday, December 31, 2011

Explorers Clip Hawks 73-55

Ramon Galloway and Tyreek Duren scored 19 points each leading four players in double figures as La Salle eased past Hartford 73-55.  The Explorers shot over 50% from the floor once again as they cruised past the winless Hawks for the easy win.  Hartford was led by Wes Cole with 13 points.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Explorers Put Leash On Terriers 70-53

Tyreek Duren led the way with 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists as La Salle eased past the Boston University Terriers 70-53.  In the absence of Sam Mills who sat out the game with an ankle injury, Duren looked to score early and dropped in eight of the Explorers first ten points as they took a 10-3 lead.  Freshman D.J. Peterson put the clamps on Boston's Darryl Partin who came into the game averaging 20.8 points which allowed La Salle to extend their lead to fourteen points by halftime.  The Explorers went ahead by 25 points with over eleven minutes to play and the seventeen point margin was the closest that the Terriers would get the rest of the way.

Ramon Galloway (13) and Jerrell Wright (10) also scored in double figures while Wright and Devon White both pulled down 8 rebounds and controlled the paint for La Salle.  Boston, who played without starting point guard D.J. Irving (from Philadelphia-area Archbishop Carroll HS), was lead by redshirt freshman Malik Thomas who scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

La Salle Rolls Again In 85-59 Win Over Central Connecticut

The Explorers jumped out to an early double digit lead and never looked back in an 85-59 blowout win over the undermanned Central Connecticut State Blue Devils in New Britain, CT.  By halftime, La Salle had an insurmountable 52-22 lead and coasted the rest of the way for the easy victory.  Once again, solid defense and torrid three point shooting paved the way to the win.

Jerrell Wright scored a career high 21 points along with 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block to lead the way.  Ramon Galloway (15), Sam Mills (12), and Devon White and Tyreek Duren with 10 each also scored in double figures.  CCSU was led by freshman guard Kyle Vinales with 18 points.  The Blue Devils were forced to play without leading scorer Ken Horton who was out with an ankle injury.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Explorers Lose One, Gain One To Transfer

La Salle University Men's Basketball coach John Giannini announced over the last week the transfer out of and into the program of two student athletes.  7' redshirt freshman center Matt Lopez had decided to leave the progam and enroll at another college for the second semester.

A few days after the Lopez announcement, the Explorers got great news when it was announced that 6'1" combo guard Tyrone Garland would be transferring from Virginia Tech to La Salle.  Garland played his high school ball at Philadelphia's John Bartram HS and is the third leading scorer in Philadelphia schoolboy history behind only Maureece Rice and legend Wilt Chamberlain.  Garland will have two years of eligibility left at La Salle and will become eligible the day after the end of the 2012 Fall semester.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Explorers Cold Shooting Leads To 70-66 Loss At Delaware

La Salle was only able to connect on 2 of their 16 three point attempts and that was ultimately the difference in a 70-66 loss to the Delaware Blue Hens at the Bob Carpenter Arena in Newark, DE.  The Explorers led 33-27 at the break but Delaware eventually grabbed a two point lead with just over twelve minutes remaining.  From that point on, the game went back and forth until the Blue Hens took a 65-60 lead with just over three minutes to go on the strength of two jumpers by freshman guard Kyle Anderson.  The Explorers came back to trail by one and after forcing a turnover with 30 seconds left, had a chance to take the lead, but Tyreek Duren was unable to convert on a strong drive to the hoop.  No foul was called despite obvious contact on the play.  Delaware closed it out on the foul line for the win.

Once again, La Salle's balanced effort included five players scoring in double figures, led by Devon White (15), Earl Pettis (12), and Ramon Galloway, Sam Mills, and Jerrell Wright with 11 each.  Delaware was led by Khalid Lewis and Devon Saddler with 18 points each.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

La Salle Wins 76-64 Battle Over Army

Ramon Galloway scored a career high 26 points to lead La Salle to a 76-64 win over Army.  Galloway was on fire, going 10-12 from the floor and 6-7 from deep, while contributing 7 rebounds and 4 assists.  The Explorers took a twelve point lead into halftime and the Cadets were never able to reduce the deficit to single digits in the second half.  Army kept the game from becoming a blowout by making 55.6% of their three point attempts.

Galloway was joined in double figures by Earl Pettis (18) and Sam Mills (10).  Army was led by Ella Ellis' 19 points and 5-6 shooting from three.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Explorers Romp To 89-51 Road Win Over Towson

La Salle jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never looked back in a 89-51 win at Towson University.  Once again, relentless defense and torrid shooting from beyond the arc allowed the Explorers to put the game away early.  For the second game in a row, La Salle owned a 20 point halftime lead and maintained that lead for the remainder of the game.  The Explorers knocked down 14 three point shots, shooting a blistering 51.9% from long range.

Five players scored in double figures for La Salle, led by Sam Mills (18), Earl Pettis and Ramon Galloway (15 each), Tyreek Duren (12), and Jerrell Wright (11).  Towson was led by Robert Nwankwo and Marcus Damas with 12 points each.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

La Salle Throttles Bucknell 78-52

Another strong team defensive effort and hot shooting propelled the La Salle Explorers to their sixth straight win at Gola Arena with a 78-52 thrashing of the Bucknell Bison.  The Explorers jumped on the Bison early and took a commanding 43-23 lead into the half.  They kept the pressure up in the second half, leading by as many as thirty points.

Ramon Galloway once again led the way with 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals.  Also scoring in double figures for La Salle were Earl Pettis (18), Devon White (11), and Tyreek Duren (11).  Bucknell was led by Joe Willman's 14 points.  Willman was the only Bison player to score in double figures as the Explorers big men shut down the opposing team's leading scorer, holding 6'9" Mike Muscala to 2 points.