Thursday, December 20, 2012

La Salle Runs Past Iona 88-74

La Salle overcame an early seven point deficit with some hot shooting and timely defense to run past Iona 88-74 at Tom Gola Arena on Thursday night.  The game turned into a track meet early on with both teams scoring at a torrid pace.  Ramon Galloway was on fire early, scoring 21 first half points and carrying the Explorers to a slim 49-45 halftime lead.  Tyrone Garland, obviously pressing in his first home game in a La Salle uniform, struggled to make shots in the first half but his teammates encouraged him to continue to shoot.

That encouragement paid off as Garland picked up where Galloway left off as he scorched the nets for 19 second half points on 7-12 shooting, at one point scoring 14 straight points as the Explorers pulled away from the Gaels, who seemed to tire down the stretch.  As good as Galloway was in the first half, he was even better in the second despite not scoring.  Defensively, he put the clamps on outstanding Iona point guard MoMo Jones, plus he handed out seven assists and played an outstanding all-around game.  The win was a true team effort as everyone who got on the floor for the Explorers made positive contributions.

Garland finished with a career and game high 26 points. Galloway filled the stat sheet with 21 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals.  Jerrell Wright scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.  Tyreek Duren scored 13 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, and handed out 4 assists.  Steve Zack (10 rebounds), Sam Mills (8 points and 5 rebounds), and D.J. Peterson with his usual solid floor game all played well in the victory.

Iona was led by David Laury's 21 points and 14 rebounds while Jones (19) and Sean Armand (15) also scored in double figures for the Gaels.

La Salle only gets a short rest as they return to action against Sacred Heart at home on Saturday afternoon.

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