Instant Replay: La Salle 63, Kansas State 61

Instant Replay: La Salle 63, Kansas State 61

March 22, 2013, 5:30 pm
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. –- La Salle gave away a 19-point first-half lead, then rallied back to stun Kansas State, 63-61, in an NCAA West region tournament game Friday at the Sprint Center.

Sophomore forward Jerrell Wright, La Salle’s only big man, capped a monster game by making two foul shots with 30 seconds left to give La Salle a one-point lead, then rebounded a miss in the paint by 6-11 Jordan Henriquez with nine seconds left and made another free throw.

Kansas State’s Angel Rodriguez missed a potential game-tying drive through the lane with one second left.

Ramon Galloway scored 19 points and Wright added 21 points and nine rebounds for the 13-seed Explorers, who joined neighboring Temple in the NCAA Round of 32 Friday. La Salle won despite making just three baskets in the second half.

La Salle led 35-16 with 5½ minutes left in the first half and by 18 at halftime, but 4-seed Kansas State opened the second half on a 31-12 run to take its first lead, 57-56, with 7:10 left.

But Wright, who missed much of the second half in foul trouble, scored La Salle’s final nine points over the final nine minutes.

This is the first time since 1955 La Salle has won more than one game in an NCAA tournament. It’s also the fifth straight year at least one 13-seed has beaten a 4-seed.

In the span of three days, La Salle has won as many NCAA tournament games as it won in the previous 57 years combined.

Did you know?
Friday was the first day two Philly teams have won a game in the NCAA tournament since March 13, 1997, when Villanova beat Long Island University and Temple beat Ole Miss.

Inside the box score
Wright made all six of his shots, 9 of 10 free throws, had eight rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes ... Kansas State’s 6-11 Henriquez scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half ... Sam Mills scored 10 points for La Salle ... The Explorers shot 18 for 31 in the first half (58 percent) but just 3 for 17 in the second half (20 percent).

What's next
La Salle faces 12-seed Mississippi on Sunday. Ole Miss upset 5-seed Wisconsin, 57-46, earlier Friday.