February 19, 2016 |
ON PAPER, La Salle was due for another blowout loss Wednesday night. Losers of 10 straight games - all by double digits - and 17 of 18 overall, the Explorers faced a St. Bonaventure squad that had won five straight, was 17-6 overall and on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Good thing for the Explorers that the game was played on wood inside Tom Gola Arena. Somehow, the Explorers overcame their 17 turnovers (to just 11 for the Bonnies), a 4-minute, 59-second stretch midway through the second half in which they didn't score a basket, and still came away with an impressive, 71-64 Atlantic 10 win. "Obviously we beat a very good team who's been playing very well and we gave a great effort," La Salle coach John Giannini said.
February 14, 2016 |
La Salle at St. Joseph's Saturday, 8 p.m., Hagan Arena. TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet/560 AM WFIL. Records: La Salle, 5-17 overall, 1-10 Atlantic 10; St. Joseph's, 20-4, 9-2. On La Salle: Explorers 6-foot-7 sophomore Yevgen Sakhniuk scored a career-high 20 points in Wednesday's 79-66 loss at Davidson. It was his first action since Dec. 22 due to illness. On St. Joseph's: The Hawks have won nine of their last 10 games. Seven of the wins, including Wednesday's 84-66 win at George Washington, have been by 10 or more points.
February 5, 2016 |
With their matching white headbands, dark shoes and white socks, Korey Billbury and Jordan Price looked like twins wearing different colors on the floor of Tom Gola Arena. For large portions of the game, wherever Price was on the La Salle offensive end, Billbury stood right with him, making it nearly impossible to get the ball in the hands of La Salle's leading scorer, let alone get him a good look at the basket. Virginia Commonwealth, the top team in the Atlantic Ten, knew the best way to beat the Explorers, the league's cellar-dweller: keep the league's second-leading scorer off the scoreboard as much as possible.
February 5, 2016
TEMPLE 55, SOUTHERN METHODIST 35 Erica Covile had 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Owls prevailed in the offensively-challenged American Athletic Conference game Wednesday afternoon at the Liacouras Center. Donnaizha Fountain scored 14 points to lead Temple (14-7, 8-2), which led by as many as 28 early in the fourth quarter. Alliya Butts was held to six points, but notched four assists and five steals. Covile added three steals. Dai'ja Thomas (12) was the only player in double figures for SMU (9-12, 4-6)
February 5, 2016 |
WITH THEIR matching white headbands, dark shoes and white socks, Korey Billbury and Jordan Price looked like twins wearing different colors on the floor of Tom Gola Arena. For large portions of the game, wherever Price was on the La Salle offensive end, Billbury stood right with him, making it nearly impossible to get the ball in the hands of La Salle's leading scorer, let alone get him a good look at the basket. Virginia Commonwealth, the top team in the Atlantic 10, knew the best way to beat the Explorers, the league's cellar-dweller: keep the league's second-leading scorer off the scoreboard as much as possible.
January 26, 2016 |
THE HOME TEAM had lost 10 of 11. The visitors had won 11 of 12. Naturally, after 12 minutes late Sunday afternoon at Gola Arena, La Salle led Saint Joseph's, 19-8. The Hawks looked somewhere between uninterested and stuck in a giant snow drift. It was, of course, a mirage. La Salle is doing the best it can with what it has, which isn't nearly enough. It was just a question of when the game was going to turn. When it turned, it turned hard. The Hawks' defense suffocated the Explorers; they got out and began to run. The La Salle lead evaporated rapidly.
January 24, 2016 |
I awoke alone at 5:30 a.m. in a six-bed hostel room. It was still pitch black outside, as it typically is in Norway in December. The only sound came from the television, which I'd left on overnight - BBC News covering the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize the previous day. I had been there. Well, I had stood outside Oslo City Hall as the king of Norway arrived for the ceremony, not knowing what the fuss was about until I returned to my big, empty room outside the airport. I had to fly back to Dublin that morning.
January 12, 2016 |
MY TOP four NCAA Tournament seeds if the selections were today: East - Maryland South - Oklahoma Midwest - Michigan State West - Kansas If Penn had held on against Princeton at the Palestra, it would have been a rare perfect Saturday in the city, with three of the wins being upsets, two by teams that had to be wondering when (or if) they were going to win again. La Salle, a 12-point underdog, did exactly what it was supposed to do against Dayton at Gola Arena, play a low-possession game to keep its six-man team as fresh as possible and not give the superior forces any more chances than necessary.
January 11, 2016 |
For much of Saturday's contest between La Salle and No. 25 Dayton, there was no action. Players were standing still for chunks of time - by design. The undermanned Explorers were forced into a slow, methodical game plan, but it worked. La Salle snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 61-57 win over the Flyers at Tom Gola Arena. La Salle (5-8, 1-2 Atlantic Ten) had just seven scholarship players available for the game, so it went back to the plan it used to start the season 4-0. At the start of almost every possession, an Explorers guard dribbled until the shot clock reached around 10 seconds, with no intention of making a play.
January 6, 2016 |
Shane Stark and Jarrod Stukes are understudies no longer. Both played in the background the last few seasons for La Salle High while others led the Explorers on the basketball court. On Monday night, however, they played headliners in La Salle's 56-47 Catholic League victory at Father Judge. "This is a good win because it's the Catholic League, and Judge is always good," said Stukes, who led all scorers with 20 points. Stukes, a 5-foot-9 junior, is the younger brother of former La Salle High standout Amar Stukes (2013)