La Salle led from start to finish but had to withstand a late GW rally to hold on for a critical 60-56 road win for the Explorers. The win clinched a first round A10 playoff game that will be held at Tom Gola Arena next Tuesday. La Salle took a five point lead into the half and increased the lead to 57-47 with just over three minutes to go when the Colonials made their last run. A basket by GW's Tony Taylor with twenty-one seconds to go cut the Explorer's lead to one, but Tyreek Duren and Devon White combined to go three for six from the foul line in the last sixteen seconds which was enough to hold off GW.
The star of the game for La Salle was freshman power forward Jerrell Wright who scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, and more importantly, was able to stay on the floor for 30 minutes. Also in double figures for the Explorers were Earl Pettis (14) and Duren (12) while Sam Mills and Ramon Galloway chipped in 9 points each.
GW was led by David Pellom's 16 points and 11 rebounds.
With the win, La Salle improves to 19-11 overall and 8-7 in the A10, while GW falls to 10-19 overall and 5-10 in A10 play.