Saturday, January 28, 2012

Explorers Come Back For 71-68 Road Victory At Duquesne

La Salle came back from a late 9 point deficit to escape with a 71-68 victory against the Duquesne Dukes.  Tyreek Duren's block of a Jerry Jones jumpshot attempt with one second left sealed the win for the Explorers.  La Salle jumped out to an early lead and led for most of the first half, taking a 28-27 lead into intermission.  But the Dukes came out hot and jumped out to a 9 point lead five minutes into the second half and held onto that until there were twelve minutes remaining.  The Explorers then went on a 17-4 run behind the hot shooting of Ramon Galloway and Earl Pettis midway through the half giving them a 55-51 lead with just under eight minutes to play. 

The Dukes would briefly take the lead two minutes later but La Salle regrouped and went on an 11-2 run to give them a 66-59 lead with 2:29 left.  Duquesne then went on a 7-0 run of their own to tie the game with 1:30 left when Galloway answered with a huge three point play to put the Explorers up 69-66.  The Dukes scored again to narrow the margin to one but Sam Mills drained two free throws setting up Duren's clutch block of Jones' attempt from the perimeter.

Earl Pettis and Galloway both stuffed the stat sheet, with Pettis going for 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals while Galloway scored 15 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and handed out a career-high 10 assists.  Also in double figures for the Explorers was Jerrell Wright with 10 points and 5 rebounds.  T.J. McConnell (19) and Sean Johnson (16) scored in double figures for Duquesne.

La Salle improved to 16-6 overall and remained tied for first place in the A10 with a 5-2 record.  The Dukes fell to 12-9 overall and 3-4 in A10 play

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Galloway On Fire As La Salle Eases Past GW 78-63

Ramon Galloway scored a career-high 28 points on only 12 shots as the La Salle Explorers beat George Washington 78-63 for their 13th straight win at Gola Arena.  Galloway missed only one shot the entire game and also contributed 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the win.  His 21 first half points helped propel the Explorers to a 51-38 halftime lead, which grew to as many as 20 midway throught the second half.  GW never got closer than 13 points as La Salle coasted to the easy win.

Other double figure scorers for the Explorers were Earl Pettis with 15 and Jerrell Wright with 12.  Tyreek Duren and Sam Mills combined for 7 assists against only 2 turnovers.  Freshman Steve Zack, getting extended minutes because of an injury to Devon White, made the most of them with career-highs in points (9) and blocked shots (3).  Nemanja Mikic's 13 points led three GW players in double figures.  Leading scorer Tony Taylor was held to only 7 points in another outstanding defensive effort by Ramon Galloway.

La Salle now moves to 15-6 overall and 4-2 in the A10 which places them in a 5-way tie for first place.  GW falls to 8-12 overall and 3-3 in A10 play.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Explorers Rebound With 80-66 Win Over URI

La Salle, coming off of two close losses in A10 road contests, returned to the friendly confines of Gola Arena and rebounded for a 80-66 win over Rhode Island.  The game was close throughout until the Explorers slowly pulled away midway through the second half, extending the lead to 16 points with just under two minutes left.

All five La Salle starters scored in double figures, led by Tyreek Duren's 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.  Also in double figures were Earl Pettis (19), Jerrell Wright (17), Ramon Galloway (10), and Sam Mills (10).  Mills also contributed 6 assists and Wright grabbed 8 rebounds.  For Rhode Island, Jonathan Holton (18 points and 17 rebounds) was one of four players in double figures.

With the win, La Salle is now 14-6 overall and 3-2 in A10 play.  Rhode Island falls to 3-17 overall and 0-5 in the A10.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Owls Escape With 76-70 Win Over La Salle

La Salle got within one point on numerous occasions during the second half but could never get over the hump in a 76-70 loss to the Temple Owls.  Missed foul shots hurt the Explorers as they made only 9 out of 16 attempts.  A couple late baskets by Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Ramone Moore helped the Owls finish off La Salle.

The Explorers were led by Tyreek Duren with 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists.  Also scoring in double figures for La Salle were Ramon Galloway (17) and Earl Pettis (12).  Jerrell Wright also chipped in with 9 points and 6 rebounds.  Temple had four players in double figures, led by Hollis-Jefferson (19) and Moore (17).

La Salle now falls to 13-6 overall and 2-2 in A10 play while Temple moves to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in the A10.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Explorers Fall To Dayton 79-75

Dayton led from start to finish and held off a late La Salle comeback to defeat the Explorers 79-75.  6'9" center Matt Kavanaugh had his way inside against La Salle, scoring 23 points and grabbing 9 rebounds while converting 13 out of 14 foul shots.  The Flyers build an 11 point halftime lead and seemed to have the game in hand when La Salle went on a late run, getting within 78-75 with just under 2 minutes to go.

The Explorers had the ball down three with 28 seconds to go, but could not convert on a three point attempt by Sam Mills with 9 seconds left.  Dayton rebounded and La Salle was forced to foul with Josh Parker making one of two shots for the final margin.

La Salle had four players in double figures, led by Earl Pettis' 19 points.  Also scoring in double figures were Ramon Galloway (18), Sam Mills (17), and Tyreek Duren (13).  Steve Zack pulled down a career high 8 rebounds for the Explorers.  Also in double figures for Dayton was Luke Fabrizius with 14 points.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

La Salle Slips Past Penn 68-57

La Salle jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the game and never looked back on their way to a hard-fought 68-57 win over Big Five rival Penn.  The Explorer defense shut down the Quakers who only shot 33.9% from the floor.  In particular, Ramon Galloway did an outstanding job, holding Penn's leading scorer Zack Rosen to 8 points, almost ten points under his average. 

Tyreek Duren filled the stat sheet with 21 points, 6 assists, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds while Earl Pettis (18) and Sam Mills (12) both scored in double figures.  Jerrell Wright chipped in with 9 points, 8 rebounds, and a block.  Penn was led by Fran Dougherty (14) and Tyler Bernardini (12).

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Explorers Run Past Minutemen 82-75

La Salle stormed to a 26 point halftime lead and held off a furious UMass rally for an 82-75 victory at Gola Arena.  Once again, the unselfish Explorers had four players in double figures and assisted on 21 out of their 26 field goals.

Leading the way again for the Explorers was Earl Pettis with 19 points, followed by Ramon Galloway (18), Tyreek Duren (12), and Sam Mills (11).  Jerrell Wright chipped in with 7 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks while DJ Peterson scored a career-high 8 points, going a perfect 2 for 2 from beyond the arc and the free throw line along with 2 assists.  Duren was credited with 8 assists.

Chaz Williams was one of three UMass players in double figures, scoring 24 points and handing out 5 assists.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

La Salle Pays Back Xavier in 80-70 Victory

The Explorers broke open a close game midway through the first half, taking a 16 point halftime lead, and held off Xavier down the stretch for an 80-70 win at Gola Arena.  Earl Pettis scored 23 points to lead La Salle, who were able to avenge a 38 point loss at Xavier last season. 

Also in double figures for the Explorers were Ramon Galloway (16), Tyreek Duren (10), and Sam Mills (10).  Devon White chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a block while Duren added 7 assists.  Tu Holloway and Dezmine Wells scored 15 points each to lead the Musketeers.