Saturday, December 15, 2012

Explorers Lose Touch In 74-66 Loss To Bucknell

Cold shooting and foul trouble were too much to overcome as La Salle fell to Bucknell 74-66 on Saturday night at Sojka Pavilion.  Steve Zack picked up two fouls in the first minute and a half of the game and the Explorers were forced to play small most of the night.  Bison big men Mike Muscala and Joe Willman were able to dominate the inside with Zack on the bench and Bucknell ran out to a fifteen point lead with just over three minutes left in the half.

The Explorers came out cold, only hitting on 34% of their shots in the first half, despite getting many open looks in the paint off dribble penetration.  Tyrone Garland, in his first game in a La Salle uniform, went coast to coast for a layup to get La Salle within eleven at the half.  La Salle was able to cut the lead to three (47-44) with eleven minutes to go, but Bucknell went on a run of their own to extend their lead to thirteen with six minutes to go.  The closest the Explorers would get the rest of the way was seven with just under two minutes left.

Ramon Galloway led La Salle with 21 points and 7 rebounds.  Tyreek Duren (14) and Jerrell Wright (10) also scored in double figures.  Bucknell was led by Muscala and Willman with 18 points each.

The Explorers return to action on Thursday when the Iona Gaels visit Tom Gola Arena.

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