February 16, 2015 |
In a symbolic gesture before La Salle hosted Davidson for the first time as a member of the Atlantic Ten on Saturday, a representative of the Explorers administration presented a basket of assorted gifts to a Davidson official. In return, the Wildcats gave La Salle a loss. Davidson broke open the game late, ending the Explorers' four-game home winning streak with a decisive run that concluded with La Salle on the wrong side of a 77-69 decision. Facing a Davidson squad that was fourth in the nation in scoring offense (81.5 points per game)
February 16, 2015 |
Drew Gordon had a stellar run in nine seasons as La Salle's football coach, guiding the Explorers to six Catholic League championships, including five straight from 2008 to 2012, and a PIAA Class AAAA state crown. After several months of consideration, the program's third all-time winningest coach announced his decision to step down from the position Tuesday. "I thought about it in early December and said, 'Let me wait till after the holidays before I do anything,' " Gordon said.
February 15, 2015 |
While advancing to the PIAA Class AAAA state championship game last year, La Salle prevailed in six win-or-go-home contests. The first came in a Catholic League playoff quarterfinal against St. Joseph's Prep. Friday afternoon, like last season, the archrivals squared off in the same round to determine which team would continue its season and which would have to pack its bags for a final time. And the fifth-seeded Explorers claimed the high-stakes matchup again, this time using a pair of late free throws from Dave Krmpotich to escape the No. 4 Hawks, 37-33, before an overflow crowd at Kelly Fieldhouse.
February 13, 2015 |
RICHMOND, Va. - Guard Jordan Price scored 34 points, including 12 in the second overtime, and grabbed 17 rebounds as La Salle stunned No. 20 VCU last night, 74-69. Price, who also had five assists, hit a three-pointer with 29 seconds left in regulation that forced overtime. The Explorers (14-10, 6-5 Atlantic 10) also got 12 points each from Jerrell Wright and Cleon Roberts in winning for the fourth time in five games. "It was obviously a great basketball game," said La Salle coach John Giannini.
February 6, 2015 |
DRESSED OUT appropriately in uniforms that made them look like diseased gray bumblebees, the La Salle Explorers, a team that has confounded its own coach much of the season, was in full Sybil mode last night at Gola Arena. Playing against Richmond, the hottest team in the Atlantic 10, La Salle scored the game's first 10 points, played better than it has all season for the first 23 minutes and led by 16 points. The Explorers then proceeded to go the next 8 minutes without scoring.
February 2, 2015 |
The St. Joseph's women held off Davidson for a 57-52 win Saturday at Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C. Despite leading by as many as 19 in the second half, the Hawks (7-13, 3-5 Atlantic 10 Conference) allowed the Wildcats (5-17, 1-8) to make a game of it. Sarah Fairbanks scored a team-best 12 points and moved into 10th place all-time in St. Joseph's history for blocked shots with her 77th and 78th career blocks. Natasha Cloud recorded a game-high nine assists. La Salle 74, Virginia Commonwealth 65 - With a career-high 17 points, Ebony Wells helped the Explorers (11-10, 2-6 A-10)
January 30, 2015 |
Every day in practice, Luke Ratchford and the La Salle wrestling team entered the gym and saw a newspaper clipping hanging from the door. The story from last season's loss in the Catholic League Championship has served as a constant reminder of the night Father Judge snapped the Explorers' five-year streak as league champs. For the sophomore wrestler, the clipping led to what he said was La Salle's biggest meet of the year: Wednesday night's Catholic League championship at Father Judge.
January 29, 2015 |
Senior forward Jerrell Wright wasn't feeling well but it didn't show on the court. Although he became ill at halftime Tuesday, Wright helped resuscitate La Salle in a 53-48 win over St. Joseph's at Tom Gola Arena as the Explorers roared back from a 15-point deficit. Wright scored a team-high 19 points, and his jump hook against a double team gave the Explorers the lead for good, 47-46 with 1 minute, 12 seconds remaining. When asked about being sick, Wright shrugged it off. "I am fine, it's not a big deal" he said.
January 24, 2015 |
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.
January 19, 2015 |
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.