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December 8, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The crisp offense that Temple displayed in the first half against La Salle disappeared completely in the second, forcing the Owls to rely on good free-throw shooting and hustle down the stretch to earn a 58-57 Big Five victory over the Explorers Saturday at the Palestra. Temple's Quenton DeCosey scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the first half and made 8 of 9 free throws in the game, setting the tone for a Temple team that sank 18 of 20 free throws. The win improved the Owls to 5-3, 2-1 in the Big Five.
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December 5, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova had a couple of reasons to be a little nervous Wednesday night. Not only were the 10th-ranked Wildcats playing their first true road game of the season, but it also was their initial Big Five contest of the season against a La Salle team that defeated them two years ago in their last visit to Tom Gola Arena. But the Wildcats didn't appear to be fazed in the slightest. They shot 58 percent from the field in the first half en route to an 18-point lead and defeated the Explorers, 84-70, in the City Series opener for each team.
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December 5, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
For La Salle to be a factor this season in the Atlantic 10, the Explorers need 6-foot-8 senior Jerrell Wright to stay on the court. Wright went through two extremes Wednesday night against Villanova: He was a nonfactor in the first half but dominated in the second. The revival, however, came too late in an 84-70 loss at Tom Gola Arena. Just 2 minutes, 36 seconds into the game, Wright picked up his second foul and sat out the rest of the half. The Wildcats took command on the way to a 47-29 halftime lead.
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December 4, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
JAY WRIGHT is always respectful of the tradition because he grew up revering it and respect is just his way. "It's a Big 5 game," the Villanova coach will say. "Anything can happen. " And that is mostly true - except when Villanova is playing. During its "Decade of Dominance," Villanova is 33-7 in City Series games, with five sweeps. The Wildcats keep breaking their own record for point differential in the four games. Last season's Wildcats now hold the record after winning by a combined 90 points.
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December 4, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a national ranking of No. 10 and two victories already over top-25 teams, Villanova could be considered the choice to win the Big Five championship this season. But who's No. 2? La Salle and Temple are hoping that transfers can combine with talented holdovers to help them win more games. St. Joseph's has some veteran players but a lot of youth. Penn has a terrific player with a supporting cast of mainly promising but inexperienced underclassmen. You may not be able to successfully pick an order in the Big Five considering how unpredictable the venerable city institution is. One thing for sure is, Villanova coach Jay Wright isn't buying the favorite's role so early while preparing the Wildcats (6-0)
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December 4, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
TALK OF brotherhoods and bonds abound when you speak with enough high school athletes. Of course, indelible connections can be forged while logging hours at practice that sometimes amount to more minutes spent near huddles than in your actual home. Blood, sweat and the occasional tear are shed with these people, all while sacrificing a certain amount of individuality for a larger, collective goal. So perhaps it's easy for those familial terms to become a bit cliché and hyperbolic when espoused by teenagers in the midst of a championship chase.
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December 1, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - For the second night in a row, a slow start derailed La Salle, but unlike Friday, there was no madcap comeback. The Explorers got behind by 30-20 at halftime and never made a serious second-half run during a 68-55 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday night in the consolation game of the Barclays Center Classic. During Friday's 64-56 loss to Virginia, La Salle (4-2) trailed by 18 at the half and by 20 with a little more than 13 minutes left before cutting the lead to 58-54 when Jordan Price hit 1 of 2 free throws with 1 minute, 12 seconds left.
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December 1, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The crowd at the Barclays Center was in stunned silenced, looking at a referee lying on the floor after the opening tipoff of Vanderbilt's 68-55 win over La Salle in the consolation game of the Barclays Center Classic on Saturday. There was about a 10-minute delay as referee Rick Crawford was taken off the court by stretcher to Brooklyn Hospital. As horrifying as it looked, Crawford had comforting words when returning to the arena by game's end. "I am good," he said.
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November 30, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Micahya Owens (Willingboro) led a quartet of players in double figures, scoring a team-high 14 points as the La Salle women's basketball team knocked off LIU Brooklyn, 71-66, in the opener of the LIU Turkey Classic in Brooklyn on Friday afternoon. Alicia Cropper added 13, Siobhan Beslow added a near double-double of 12 points and nine rebounds, and Amy Griffin added 10. Blackbird rookie Jolanna Ford led all players with 17 points. The Explorers (3-2) conclude play in the Turkey Classic Saturday, when they face off against Towson.
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November 30, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - La Salle made a furious comeback attempt that just fell short against one of the top teams in the country. Trailing as many as 20 points in the second half, the Explorers cut the deficit to four before falling to Virginia, 64-56, during the Barclays Center Classic on Friday night. La Salle's Jordan Price made the first of two free throws to cut the margin to 58-54 with 1 minute, 12 seconds left. Price, the 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore transfer from Auburn, missed the second foul shot and La Salle never got any closer.
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