ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - The La Salle men's basketball team steadily pulled away from a determined Morgan State team to win its opening-round game in the Paradise Jam, 78-59, on Friday night at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Tyrone Garland, a Philly native, led all scorers with 25 points, while Tyreek Duren (Neumann-Goretti) added 15.
The Explorers will play Providence (5-0) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
The game will be telecast on the CBS Sports Network.
The Friars came back from a 16-point second- half deficit to stun Vanderbilt, 67-60.
Sunday's contest will be a rematch of the 2010 Cancun Challenge, in which La Salle captured an 84-73 victory.