Saturday, December 29, 2012

La Salle Shoots Past Siena 80-52

La Salle's pressure defense and solid ball movement against the Siena zone was too much for the Saints to handle as the Explorers routed Siena by an 80-52 score on Saturday night.  And it could have been worse.

La Salle started out cold, missing ten of their first thirteen three point attempts, almost all of them wide open, in the games first twelve minutes, but Ramon Galloway eventually caught fire, making five shots from beyond the arc to leading the Explorers to a comfortable 39-24 halftime lead.  La Salle then went on a 21-5 run to start the second half and cruised to the easy win.  The Explorers finished the game shooting a hot 46.4% from three, making six of seven in the second half. 

But it wasn't all about offense for La Salle.  The Explorers defense held Siena to 33% shooting and forced seventeen turnovers against only six assists.  The La Salle guards controlled Siena's leading scorer Rakeem Brookins, forcing him into a 4-17 shooting day, and big men Steve Zack and Jerrell Wright blocked eight shots and shut down Siena's star power forward O.D. Anosike in the first half.  Anosike did most of his damage in the second half after the Explorers had blown the game open.

For La Salle, Galloway filled the stat sheet once again with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.  Also in double figures were Tyreek Duren (13) and D.J. Peterson (11).  Peterson went a perfect 4-4 from the floor, including 3-3 from beyond the arc.  Sam Mills and Tyrone Garland were outstanding defensively and combined for 15 points and 8 assists.  Zack and Wright combined for 13 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 0 turnovers, and the previously mentioned 8 blocks.

Anosike (14 points and 16 rebounds) and Brookins (10) were the only Siena players in double figures.

The Explorers return to action on Wednesday night in Florida against the Miami Hurricanes.  The game will be televised at 9:00pm on Fox Sports South and ESPN3.


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