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

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