November 23, 2009 |
La Salle coach John Giannini said the game against Tulane yesterday for fifth place in the Charleston Classic may have been his team's worst of the year. Good thing La Salle won. Tulane's Kevin Sims' open three-point shot at the buzzer bounced out, allowing the Explorers (3-1) to escape with a 61-59 victory. "We missed free throws, we gave up two baskets off not boxing out on free throws, and we had some miscommunications that allowed them to have open shots," said Giannini.
November 21, 2009 |
La Salle coach John Giannini wanted to see two good halves of basketball from the Explorers. He got it, but one probably would have been sufficient. La Salle rolled to a 16-point halftime lead over Davidson last night and coasted home for an 84-70 victory over the Wildcats in the second round of the Charleston Classic at the Carolina First Center. "This is clearly our best game of the year because it was our best defensive game," Giannini said. "We did our best job talking on defense, we did our best job getting back in transition.
February 19, 2009 |
Even after watching La Salle try unsuccessfully to solve the riddle that was the Richmond zone defense for 40 minutes, Explorers coach John Giannini showed a hint of a wry smile last night. "We couldn't make shots outside or inside," Giannini said, "and that doesn't leave any other possibilities. " The Explorers converted a season-low 28.1 percent of their field-goal tries and dropped a dreadful 62-53 decision in an Atlantic Ten Conference game at Tom Gola Arena. La Salle (14-11, 5-6 A-10)
February 11, 2009 |
Perhaps being reminded of La Salle's exasperating last three games while riding a bus to Washington at rush hour yesterday wasn't John Giannini's idea of fun, but it didn't stop the Explorers coach from seeing better days ahead. Over an eight-day span, the Explorers lost in overtime to Rhode Island, by two points to Dayton, and by five points to St. Bonaventure. Their 72-67 defeat to the Bonnies last Saturday was "our poorest overall performance of the year," Giannini said. But the schedule is about to turn in La Salle's favor, and maybe the season as well.
January 29, 2009 |
It's an old sports clich?, the one about leadership. But in college basketball each season, there are leaders who take it upon themselves to will a team to its goal. Temple had Mark Tyndale last season. La Salle, after last night's 76-66 Atlantic Ten Conference win over George Washington at Tom Gola Arena, is moving in that direction. Much of that improvement has to do with Rodney Green and, to a lesser extent, Paul Johnson. Last night, the two were pivotal down the stretch, each scoring nine points with less than nine minutes remaining as the Explorers held off the hungry Colonials.
January 28, 2009 |
Yves Mekongo Mbala handled the first half, and his teammates took care of the rest of the game as La Salle downed George Washington, 76-66, in an Atlantic Ten Conference game tonight at Tom Gola Arena. Mekongo Mbala finished with a game-high 26 points, but the junior forward's 22 points before the break gave the Explorers a lead they held through most of the second half. The 22 points by the half were the most by a La Salle player since Steve Smith put up 23 against Cincinnati in 2004.
January 22, 2009 |
One team is in the same place their opponent was not too long ago. Penn is suffering through a season of ups-and-downs due to its abundance of inexperience. Most of the playing time shelled out by coach Glenn Miller is being divided between sophomores and freshmen. And when you have to rely on youngsters to win basketball games, a lot of times it just ain't pretty. La Salle coach John Giannini has been there, done that. He understands what it's like to rely on underclassmen to carry your program.
January 22, 2009 |
Both Penn and La Salle were trying to secure their first Big Five win of the season when the teams met for the 62d time last night at Tom Gola Arena. La Salle succeeded. Behind a career-high 26 points from guard Rodney Green, the Explorers seized the lead early in the first half and did not relinquish it on their way to a 79-70 win over the visitors. La Salle is 10-7 overall and 1-1 in the City Series. Penn fell to 4-9 and 0-3. "I thought we could match up, but we came out a little flat," said Penn swingman Tyler Bernardini, who led his team with 23 points.
January 19, 2009 |
La Salle knows what it wants to do in a game, but the Explorers found out yesterday that teams such as Xavier can make opponents look as if they have no idea. The Musketeers, who are ranked 15th by the Associated Press and 16th in USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, gave La Salle almost no chance to execute its game plan. The Explorers never led - the score, in fact, was never tied - and set a season low for points while trailing by as many as 22 in a 73-53 Atlantic 10 loss at Xavier's Cintas Center.
January 15, 2009 |
Two years ago, John Giannini watched his La Salle Explorers squander a late seven-point lead in an Atlantic 10 Conference loss at Charlotte. He feared a repeat last night. But an unlikely three-pointer by Kimmani Barrett, back-to-back buckets by Rodney Green, and seven points in the game's final 34.4 seconds by Ruben Guillandeaux sealed the 68-61 victory for the Explorers in front of 5,132 fans at Halton Arena. "Those guys were here and suffered 2 years ago," Giannini said, referring to his trio of juniors that played key roles in the final minutes of last night's game.