Jordan Price scored 16 points, B.J. Johnson added 14 and tied his career best with four 3-pointers, and La Salle used a big second-half run to beat Saint Louis 75-54 on Wednesday night to win its first Atlantic 10 Conference game of the season.
Pookie Powell scored 13 points with eight assists and four steals, Demetrius Henry grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds, and La Salle (7-5, 1-1) outrebounded the Billikens 38-26, including 13-4 on offensive boards.
Leading 33-26 at halftime, Price and Powell hit consecutive 3's amid a 21-7 run capped by Johnson's 3-pointer and dunk and the Explorers led 54-33 with 13:40 left. Cleon Roberts hit two 3s during a 9-3 run and the Explorers led by 28 with 8:13 left.
Reggie Agbeko and Davel Roby scored 14 apiece for Saint Louis (6-6, 0-2), which has lost two straight.
West Chester University baseball is moving on to the 2017 NCAA National Championships.
The Golden Rams won the Division II Atlantic Regional Final on Monday with a 12-7 decision over Winston-Salem State at Russell Diethrick Park.
Sophomore first baseman Jared Melone reached base six times, going 5 for 5 with a walk and four RBIs, while shortstop Nick Ward scored four runs and collected three hits to help West Chester capture its fourth regional title in program history.
Senior right-hander Josh McClain picked up the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball, as the Golden Rams scored five in the eighth inning to win their first regional crown since 2012, the year they won the national championship.
West Chester is now 40-11 overall and will open national championship tournament play on Saturday at 3 p.m. against North Georgia in Grand Prairie, Texas.
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart has won the recruiting sweepstakes for highly-ranked forward Mohamed Bamba.
The 6-foot-11 Bamba signed with the Longhorns on Thursday, picking Texas over Duke, Kentucky, Michigan and Harvard. Bamba is ranked by national recruiting services as one of the top players in the country and already projected by some as an early 2018 NBA draft pick.
Signing Bamba is a huge boost for Smart after a 22-loss season, Texas' worst in more than 30 years. Freshman center Jarrett Allen has entered this year's NBA draft and freshman guard Andrew Jones is still considering whether to return to Texas.
Bamba average 12.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks as a high school senior in Westtown, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, and was a McDonald's All-American.