Instant Replay: La Salle 89, Fordham 53

Instant Replay: La Salle 89, Fordham 53

February 9, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Behind a historic three-point shooting day, La Salle obliterated visiting Fordham, 89-53, in an Atlantic 10 matchup Saturday afternoon at Tom Gola Arena.

The Explorers made their first eight threes and went 18-for-33 from long distance for the game to cruise past an undermanned and overmatched Fordham team that’s lost seven of its last eight games.

The 18 three-pointers matched a La Salle program record, previously set vs. Oregon on Dec. 28, 1991.

Junior guard Sam Mills, who came into the game shooting less then 30 percent from behind the arc, led the way with a career-high 21 points on 7-for-8 shooting from three-point range.

Senior Ramon Galloway and junior Tyreek Duren added 19 and 16 points, respectively, for the Explorers (16-6, 6-3), who won their second straight contest to remain on the right side of the NCAA tournament bubble.

The reeling Rams, paced by 10 points apiece from Travion Leonard and Jermaine Myers, dropped to 6-18 overall and 2-7 in the Atlantic 10.

First half
La Salle completely dominated from the outset, scoring the game’s first 10 points and leading by more than 20 midway through the first half before taking a commanding 56-25 advantage into halftime.

La Salle shot a blistering 13 for 19 from three-point range in the first half, with Mills (6 for 7) leading the way with 18 points.

Inside the box score
· La Salle shot a much better percentage from three-point range (54.5 percent) than it did on two-pointers (40 percent)
· La Salle had assists on 22 of its 30 field goals
· La Salle finished with eight turnovers, including just three in the first half
· Starting guards Galloway, Duren and Mills combined to shoot 18 for 22 from three-point range

Turning point
The opening tip.

Shorthanded Rams
Making things even more difficult for the Rams, who haven’t won a road game since December 2011, was the absence of Chris Gaston (knee).

Gaston is second on Fordham in scoring (14.0 ppg) this season and torched the Explorers for 35 points and 16 rebounds in the Rams’ 67-62 win over La Salle last February.

The series
La Salle now leads the all-time series, 33-13 and is 16-1 at home against the Rams.

Hall call
Following Saturday’s game, La Salle inducted four players into its Hall of Athletes, including former men’s hoops standout Will Blatcher, who helped La Salle to a national championship in 1954.

Blatcher, along with fellow inductees Kevin Coleman (men’s soccer), Melanie Platchek Coots (diving) and Jon Walheim (swimming), were also honored on the floor of Tom Gola Arena at halftime.

What’s next?
La Salle has a tough week coming up, taking on St. Bonaventure on the road Wednesday before facing St. Joe’s in a Big 5/Atlantic 10 showdown at the Palestra on Saturday.

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