March 11, 2016 |
NEW YORK - La Salle has been playing in the Atlantic 10 since 1995-96. During that time, the Explorers have won more than one game in the conference tournament exactly once. That was in 2002, the first of coach Billy Hahn's three seasons, when they beat Fordham and Temple at the Spectrum before getting sent home by Richmond in the semifinals. Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in the last of the four second-round matchups, the Explorers had an opportunity to do it again, three years after they'd won three NCAA games in five days.
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.
January 15, 2015 |
NOT EXACTLY sure where the time went, but Saturday at Gola Arena, La Salle will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the team that won more games than any in school history. The top four scorers from the 1989-90 team combined to score 8,516 career points and are ranked first, 10th, 12th and 16th in school history. The top scorer, Lionel Simmons, scored 3,217 points. Only two players in college basketball history have scored more. I caught a ride on the L-Train late in Lionel's freshman year and never got off. I was just learning about Philadelphia basketball and what a classroom that was - with head coach Speedy Morris, assistants Joe Mihalich, Fran Dunphy for a while, Randy Monroe, Rich Prendergast, Sam Rines, players Simmons, Doug Overton, Randy Woods, Jack Hurd, Bobby Johnson, Bron Holland, Keith Morris, Tim Legler, Craig Conlin and Rich Tarr, head managers Mike Watkins and then Michael "Gus" Carr.
March 22, 2013 |
SPEEDY MORRIS picked up the phone on Sunday after learning La Salle had made the NCAA Tournament and left a message for Explorers head coach John Giannini. "I called John to wish him well," Morris said Thursday evening. "I told him he didn't have to call me back because I knew he'd be a little busy. " Morris can speak from experience. He was La Salle's coach the last time the Explorers made NCAA Tournament. That was in March of 1992, when La Salle was a No. 13 seed. Morris' Explorers, led by Randy Woods, lost to Seton Hall, 78-76, in the first round.
March 19, 2013
NEW YORK - We caught up with CBS broadcaster Bill Raftery, a La Salle grad, at the Big East Tournament last week: On the possibility of the Explorers getting in: "Well, you know, the 'L Train' [Lionel Simmons] was the last time . " When told no, that it was 1992, he picked right up. "OK, Randy Woods. There's been so many good players, so many good years, you know. Unfortunately, there's a separation of success. So it would mean a lot. The job John's [Giannini] done over the years, what he's put into that community, we're all so proud of him. I've been watching them.
March 18, 2013 |
WHEN John Giannini was coaching at Maine, he watched Saint Joseph's, circa 2002-04, smash bigger opponents with its three- and sometimes four-guard lineup. When he got to La Salle in the summer of 2004, he got an up-close look at Villanova's four-guard lineup from 2004-06 that routinely trashed teams. "We built the program three times," Giannini said. "The first time with the players that we were fortunate to inherit. Then, we went with a big, long interchangeable team and it worked.
April 17, 2011
Randy Wood, 94, the founder of Dot Records who helped introduce black rhythm-and-blues to white audiences in the early rock era, died April 9 at his La Jolla, Calif., home from injuries he suffered in a fall down stairs. Dot grew out of a record shop that Mr. Wood owned in Tennessee. In the 1950s, Mr. Wood made white covers of songs by Fats Domino and other musicians whose so-called race records were hits in the black community but largely unknown to whites. Pat Boone said that Mr. Wood picked out all of his early hits.
April 15, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The founder of Dot Records, who helped introduce black rhythm-and-blues to white audiences in the early rock era, has died in California. Randy Wood was 94. His son, John, told the Los Angeles Times that Wood died on Saturday at his La Jolla home from injuries he suffered in a fall. Dot Records grew out of a record shop that Wood owned in Tennessee. In the 1950s, when black music couldn't get radio play, Wood made white covers of songs by Fats Domino and other musicians whose "race records" were hits in the black community but largely unknown to whites.
July 2, 1999 |
Rodney Rogers has vaulted to the top of the 76ers' list of prospective major free agent additions. That became obvious yesterday when the 6-7 Rogers, who has spent the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, visited with coach Larry Brown, general manager Billy King and members of the Sixers' staff. "They're interested enough to bring him in at their first opportunity," said Bill Strickland, the agent for Rogers. "Whether their interest is any more or any less than 10 other teams is hard to say. I'm sure he will visit some of those teams.
October 4, 1995 |
Controversial Dennis Rodman, who was traded by the San Antonio Spurs to the Bulls for backup center Will Perdue Monday, said if he decides to play in Chicago, it has nothing to do with wanting to play with certain star players. And another thing. He wants to wear jersey No. 91. "Chicago is cold as hell. " said Rodman in a radio interview. "If I decide to go there, it's not because of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen or anything like that. That don't mean nothing. I don't bow down to any man, whoever they are or what stature they have.