January 29, 1990 |
The locker-room door remained closed for a half-hour after Archbishop Wood's 67-41 loss at La Salle Friday night. In previous seasons, a postgame chat between the coach and his players might have produced a much quicker exit. But expectations have changed at Wood, and an embarrassing loss was not to be taken lightly. "This is the first time this season that I'm not feeling real positive after a game," Joe Blair said after he lectured his players. "I felt that we were moving so far in the right direction.
February 7, 2001 |
The only real question following La Salle's game against Rhode Island last night was a simple one. How in the world did the Explorers lose to this team 10 days ago? The Rams (5-18, 1-9 Atlantic 10) stood around on offense, couldn't shoot, barely rebounded and put up numbers that lent themselves more favorably to a made-shot-to-turnover comparison than to an assist-to-turnover ratio. Yet less than two weeks ago, these same Rams - actually a worse assemblage since leading scorer and rebounder Tavorris Bell was academically ineligible at the time - came back in a game they trailed throughout regulation to win by four in double overtime.
March 3, 1991 |
The first five times Doug Overton handled the basketball last night, he went miss-turnover-miss-miss-airball. But that didn't mean much to his La Salle teammates in their first game of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament against Loyola (Md.). The important thing was that the Explorers' captain was back from a sprained ankle and helped the team live to play another day. With Overton handing out 10 assists and Randy Woods, Jack Hurd and Milko Lieverst providing the offense, the Explorers beat the Greyhounds, 86-70, at the Knickerbocker Arena.
December 28, 1986 |
The battle for scoring honors went into the final minutes of the game. Northeastern's Reggie Lewis, a potential first-round NBA draft choice, collected 34. Lionel Simmons, La Salle's promising freshman, ended up with 31 and was a large reason that the Explorers had a death-grip on the outcome. Lewis, who has averaged 20 points per game over three years, won the scoring battle on a meaningless field goal with 2 minutes, 13 seconds left. But La Salle happily took a tradeoff, walking away with a 102-85 victory in the consolation game of the Jostens Philadelphia Classic last night at the Palestra.
February 5, 1986 |
La Salle coach Lefty Ervin was analyzing the Explorers' 62-54, come-from- behind victory over St. Peter's last night at the Palestra. For the most part he liked what he had seen, although he wasn't particularly thrilled by his team's 17-2 rebounding deficit 12 minutes into the first half. "We showed great pride in playing through exhaustion," Ervin said after the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game. Senior guard Chip Greenberg could testify to the bedraggled physical condition of the Explorers, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
February 2, 1989 |
The La Salle Explorers wrenched their hands for a half, trying to coax a milestone out of Lionel Simmons. Once that was done, though, the rest was extravagantly easy. The Explorers manhandled Iona, 91-62, in the second game of a Palestra doubleheader, but did so only after Simmons took his bows and some controversy brewed. Simmons, on a drive down the right side of the lane with 26 seconds left in the first half, became only the fourth player in La Salle's history to score 2,000 career points.
March 19, 1990 |
Had La Salle defeated Clemson on Saturday, Speedy Morris would have analyzed game films of his team's next opponent, Connecticut. Yesterday Morris was in his office, but on this lazy Sunday, the Explorers' coach was simply passing some time - opening mail, answering telephone calls from well-wishers and tying up some loose ends. His players, meanwhile, were scattered all over the city. The season had come to an end. It wasn't any easier the second day for La Salle, which bowed out of the NCAA tournament Saturday in Hartford, Conn.
February 9, 1988 |
Less than 2 minutes into the third quarter of Friday's game against Archbishop Ryan, La Salle basketball coach Marty Jackson shed his navy-blue, double-breasted blazer and gently laid it on the bleacher seat behind him. Less than 4 minutes later, after Ryan methodically sliced the Explorers' lead to 3 points, Jackson called for a time out, then emphatically delivered an ultimatum to the Explorers. They could fizzle. Or they could sizzle. La Salle apparently chose the latter.
December 24, 1987 |
Finding a bright spot in a loss is never easy, but if there was one good thing to come out of La Salle's 79-71 loss to Georgia last night, it was the knowledge that the Explorers can survive without Lionel Simmons. The sophomore All-America candidate, who had played all but two minutes of the season going into the game, drew his third personal foul with eight minutes remaining in the first half and subsequently found himself on the bench in the opening-round game of the Chaminade Christmas Classic.