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January 24, 2015 | By Mike Scandura, For The Inquirer
KINGSTON, R.I. - La Salle cruised to a 60-49 victory Saturday against the Fordham Rams. But against the Rhode Island Rams, the Explorers slowed to a crawl in the breakdown lane. URI prevailed, 59-47, in an Atlantic Ten Conference game Thursday night at the Thomas M. Ryan Center. "In terms of our offensive struggles, I thought their [man-to-man] defense was terrific," coach John Giannini said. "I also think we got to the rim and we just weren't good finishers. "I think our guards tried to change their shots and avoid contact instead of leading with their shoulders and going in strong.
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January 19, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
A quarter of a century after one of the most successful seasons in La Salle basketball history, Lionel Simmons can't rid his mind of the few blemishes. La Salle's 1989-90 team was honored during the Explorers' 60-49 win over Fordham on Saturday at Tom Gola Arena. This is the 25th anniversary of the team that went 30-2 and beat Southern Mississippi in a first-round NCAA tournament game before losing to Clemson. It was the third consecutive year that La Salle qualified for the NCAA tournament and one in which Simmons earned several national player of the year awards.
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January 14, 2015 | BY TYLER R. TYNES, For the Daily News
THE LIGHT BLUE stands at Tom Gola Arena hummed from the boisterous devotees screaming at the top of their lungs. There was barely any time left. He had to make his move in 4 seconds. The inbounds pass popped into his hands. Three dribbles, then another step to halfcourt and the release flowed from his fingers as quickly as his flight from the baseline. Forty seven feet later, Jordan Price had his first big moment at La Salle University: a buzzer-beating, midcourt prayer answered in the 40th minute.
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January 11, 2015 | BY AARON CARTER, Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
IN THE LEXICON of our youth, when an offensive player gets hot, he is said to "cook" his opponent, which aptly describes what Conwell-Egan guard Stevie Jordan did to visiting La Salle in yesterday's first half. Jordan, a 5-10 junior, baked the Explorers' defense for 19 first-half points en route to a slight halftime edge for the Eagles. However, by half No. 2, Shawn Witherspoon and Najee Walls - La Salle's defensive leaders - had resolved to stop Chef Jordan. "We gotta strap up," Witherspoon recalled telling Walls at the half.
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January 9, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Massachusetts men's basketball team had been looking for a road win since the middle of November. On Wednesday night the Minutemen found it with a little help from La Salle. The Minutemen held the Explorers' top offensive weapons, Jordan Price and Jerrell Wright, to a combined 6-for-26 shooting from the floor to win their first road game of the season, 71-65, at Tom Gola Arena. Cleon Roberts and Steve Zack led the Explorers (8-7, 0-2 Atlantic 10) with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
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January 9, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
YOU PREPARE for enough games, you have some expectation as to what might happen based on what has happened. And then Massachusetts-La Salle happened last night at Gola Arena. La Salle senior Jerrell Wright, the second-most accurate shooter (56.8 percent) in school history behind Craig Conlin, shot 1-for-12. UMass, a 28 percent three-point shooting team on the season, made six of its first 10 threes. La Salle, which had played solid defense all season, allowed George Mason to shoot 57.5 percent in a loss Saturday and UMass to shoot 51.9 percent.
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January 5, 2015 | By Rich Dubroff, For The Inquirer
FAIRFAX, Va. - Looking at the stat sheet after the game Saturday night, La Salle coach John Giannini wouldn't downplay the result. His Explorers were outplayed by George Mason in the second half. The worst part was that in its first league game, La Salle (8-6, 0-1 Atlantic Ten) was held without a field goal for a key stretch of nearly 51/2 minutes in the second half in a 70-62 loss before 3,376 at the Patriot Center. "The story is how George Mason played the last 13, 14 minutes. They out-toughed us, they outrebounded us, they out-defended us," Giannini said.
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December 31, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
IF THERE is any time other than March to hit an offensive stride the way La Salle has over its last five games, it's right about now. With the page about to turn on the year 2014, so too will the page turn on the Explorers' nonconference slate, and the next chapter will be Atlantic 10 play. And if the last five times out are any indication, La Salle plans on being in the mix in the conference standings throughout the season. After four straight losses to close out November and start off December, the Explorers improved to 4-1 over their last five with a much-needed, 84-67 win over Big 5 rival Penn Tuesday night at Tom Gola Arena.
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December 22, 2014 | By Ian Quillen, For The Inquirer
TOWSON, Md. - After arguably his team's best statistical defensive half of the season, La Salle coach John Giannini insisted that Saturday night's effort should be the norm. Jordan Price scored a career-high 31 points, and the Explorers forced 12 first-half turnovers and allowed 15 first-half points en route to a 67-53 victory against Towson. "We've had 22 halves," Giannini said. "Probably half of them have been like that. Maybe more. . . . I never know when we're going to be really good or really bad. But there's no in between at all. " Jerrell Wright added 10 points for La Salle (6-5)
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December 16, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
The Villanova women's basketball team cruised past La Salle, 70-36, using a 19-3 run spanning the last 10 minutes of the first period to take a 32-15 halftime lead at The Pavilion on Sunday night and halt the Explorers' win streak at six. Micahya Owens (Willingboro) was the lone Explorer in double figures, hitting 14 points and recording a game-high four steals. Taylor Holeman led a trio of Wildcats in double figures with 16. The Explorers dropped to 6-3, 0-3 Big Five, while the Wildcats moved to 3-6, 1-1. Florida State 66, Temple 62 - Erica Covile recorded a double-double with 14 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, but the host Owls couldn't finish a late comeback and fell to the Seminoles.
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