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February 20, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are times when being first is good and times when it's not. La Salle did not want to be the first team to drop a home conference game to Duquesne this season, and the Explorers made sure that didn't happen Wednesday night. Sandwiching the first half of their game against Duquesne with 12-0 runs at the beginning and end, La Salle won at home for the fifth time in six games, easily beating Duquesne, 87-72, at Tom Gola Arena. "We don't tell them that - that would be nuts," La Salle coach John Giannini said jokingly.
SPORTS
February 20, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Spurred by a white-hot shooting performance from Quade Green, this one witnessed up-close by Villanova coach Jay Wright, Neumann-Goretti moved closer to a seventh consecutive Catholic League basketball title. With the sophomore guard connecting on 10 of 12 field-goal attempts on the way to 26 points, the Saints, who led by as many as 15 points, held off never-say die La Salle, 70-65, Wednesday night before a large crowd at the Palestra. Green shot 5 for 5 from the floor, including 4 for 4 from beyond the arc, in the first half.
SPORTS
February 20, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
A SUMMER OF death and seasons of change brought Jordan Price to the pinnacle of Big 5 basketball. That always seems to be the path for these quick-fit La Salle transfers. Price cycled through three high schools in 4 years. He found himself mired in a lousy situation at Auburn, injured, out of shape, losing. He lost his grandfather, then his mentor, in a span of 2 months. "It was a painful time for me," Price said. "I know God's always with me. Just got to get through the day. " His days have brightened considerably.
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
La Salle University on Tuesday named the first female president in its 152-year history. Colleen M. Hanycz, head of Brescia University College, a Catholic school in London, Ontario, will take the helm of the 6,200-student La Salle on July 10. The Canadian educator will be the first layperson to lead the Philadelphia university, whose previous presidents have been Christian Brothers. "I can't tell you how excited I am at having this opportunity," said Hanycz (pronounced Han-ich)
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
ON A VISIT to Philadelphia in November, Colleen Hanycz did what most visitors do when in our midst: She ate her first cheesesteak. The Canadian native isn't sure which locale she consumed said sandwich, only remembering that the eatery was inside the Reading Terminal Market and featured a "Best of" sign. The sandwich "alone is reason to move to Philadelphia," Hanycz said yesterday. In fact, a much higher calling has attracted the married mother of three here: Hanycz was named president of La Salle University yesterday by the school's Board of Trustees.
NEWS
February 17, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
La Salle University scholar Stuart Leibiger found his way to Washington - the president, not the state - through a series of excursions. As a boy, he immersed himself in Lincoln, visiting presidential sites during a family trip through Illinois. He detoured into Civil War history in high school, met up with Madison and Jefferson while an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. Not until he was earning his doctorate at the University of North Carolina in the 1990s did he fully arrive at his destination, immersing himself in the public and private lives of the nation's first president.
SPORTS
February 16, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
SPORTS
February 16, 2015 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
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.
SPORTS
February 15, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When: Saturday at 2 p.m. Where: Tom Gola Arena Radio: WNTP-AM (990) Records: Davidson 16-6, 7-4 Atlantic Ten; La Salle 14-10, 6-5. Coaches: Davidson, Bob McKillop (26th season, 488- 299); La Salle, John Giannini (11th season, 172-164). Last meeting: La Salle won, 84-70, at the Charleston Classic on Nov. 20, 2009. Davidson's top three: Tyler Kalinoski (16.5 ppg., 5.9 rpg., 4.9 apg.); Jack Gibbs (15.8 ppg. 4.5 rpg.); Brian Sullivan (12.3 ppg.)
NEWS
February 15, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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