"Our confidence has been down," Giannini said. "Losing does that to you."
Conversely, a win against a St. Bonaventure team that earned a 66-51 home victory over La Salle on Jan. 22 can do wonders for that sagging confidence.
"This is a good win to build on, especially since it is near the end of the regular season," Duren said. "I think we can build on this and carry it over to the [A-10] tournament."
The Explorers, who also received 12 points each from guards Tyrone Garland and Sam Mills and nine points and eight rebounds from center Steve Zack, have three regular-season games remaining.
Entering the game shooting 39.9 percent from the field, La Salle shot 26 for 46 (56.5 percent).
La Salle also was 11th in the 13-team A-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.323). The Explorers promptly hit their first seven three-pointers, before cooling off and ending the game 7 for 13.
With La Salle leading by 70-67, Wright went to the foul line to shoot a one-and-one with 29.7 seconds left. The Bonnies (16-12, 6-8) purposely fouled Wright since he had missed five of his first six free throws.
Wright hit 1 of 2 foul shots. The Bonnies finished the game with three missed shots and a turnover, and La Salle had renewed confidence.