DAYTON, Ohio – La Salle had to wait 21 years between NCAA tournament games. The layoff until its next appearance won’t be nearly as long.
On Wednesday, the No. 13 Explorers beat No. 13 Boise State, 80-71, at UD Arena in a first-round/play-in game. La Salle (22-9) will advance to the second round on Friday.
It was the Explorers' first March Madness win since 1990.
La Salle got off to a hot start, hitting 56 percent from the field and 45 percent from three-point range. The Explorers forced nine turnovers before the half. La Salle is 19-2 this year when leading before intermission.
Inside the box score
The Explorers shot 63 percent from the field and 52 percent from three-point range. La Salle -- which had four players score in double figures –-- was led by Tyrone Garland, who had 22 points. Ramon Galloway poured in 21 points. Jerrell Wright added 13 points and six rebounds, and Sam Mills posted 15 points.
The Explorers held Boise State to 49 percent shooting from the field and just 38 percent from three-point range.
Wednesday marked La Salle’s 150th anniversary as a school. It was also the 59th anniversary of the Explorers winning the 1954 NCAA Championship over Bradley. La Salle beat the Braves, 92-76, in Kansas City that year.
La Salle heads to Kansas City, Mo., to play No. 4 Kansas State at 3:10 p.m. on Friday. For interested parties, the Explorers’ ticket office will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Tickets are $80. Call 215-951-1999 for details.
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Public opposition is growing against the planned induction of former football star Michael Vick into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that two online petitions at change.org had received more than 90,000 combined signatures against the September induction. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has also announced its opposition.
The university in Blacksburg has continued to defend its recent decision, noting that some believe Vick is the greatest athlete in school history.
Vick served 19 months in federal prison on 2007 dogfighting convictions. He was a top contender for the 1999 Heisman Trophy after leading the Hokies through an undefeated regular season and to a spot in the national championship game. He went on to play professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.
Former 76er and La Salle basketball star Doug Overton pleaded guilty to three counts of disorderly conduct Wednesday, stemming from an April 30 incident on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.
Overton, 47, was arrested for exposing himself to both men and women while on the trail in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, on April 30, per the police.
Overton, the head basketball coach at Divison II Lincoln University, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to participate in a psycho-sexual evaluation.
As part of a plea deal, three counts of indecent exposure were dropped.
“He admitted on the record that his behavior was offensive and obscene, it was obscene behavior and that other people that were there in the park that day enjoying a public area with their families, that they observed that and it was offensive and obscene to them,” Assistant District Attorney Brianna Ringwood told the Main Line Times. “He admitted to engaging in behavior that was obscene and offensive.”
The Big 5 Hall of Famer played 11 NBA seasons, including parts of three with the Sixers.