"I believe there are certain games that make your team better," La Salle coach John Giannini said. "Villanova is a ferocious offensive rebounding team. So it was a point of emphasis all last week and we didn't deemphasize it for Wagner. I think Villanova pushed us so hard . . . we're seeing how that can make you better moving forward."
Zack, who also contributed 12 points and four blocked shots, said he was disappointed with his performance - two points, five rebounds - at Villanova.
"I had a really off game that day," the 6-foot-11 sophomore said. "The coaches really challenged me to go out and just rebound the basketball. I didn't care about getting a lot of points, I wanted to go out and grab rebounds. It was going my way, so I just kept going for it."
Zack pulled down 13 rebounds in the first half, one off his career high coming in, and the Explorers used a 32-15 advantage to take a 38-23 lead. La Salle shot nearly 52 percent in the second half and never allowed the Seahawks (5-6) to get closer than 13.
Other impressive numbers dotted the La Salle side of the stat sheet. The Explorers dished out 21 assists (on 29 field goals) against three turnovers. They shot a season-best 42.9 percent from three-point range and tied their high game for makes with nine.
"Shooting is shockingly contagious," Giannini said. "It's unbelievable how contagious it is. I really believe that."
Jerrell Wright led La Salle with 17 points. Guards Sam Mills (13 points) and Tyreek Duren (11 points, six assists) each made three three-pointers.
Wagner played without senior guard Latif Rivers, its top scorer with a 14.7-point average. Seahawks coach Bashir Mason, a former Drexel star, said "it was just my decision" not to play Rivers, who was not injured.