Morning madness at La Salle: a festive crowd of students skipping class cheer Explorers to first win of season

Morning madness at La Salle: a festive crowd of students skipping class cheer Explorers to first win of season

After losing its first game of the college basketball season at home over the weekend, La Salle needed a wakeup call.

It got one … literally.

Today, the La Salle players woke up before 7 a.m. (pretty much the hardest thing a college kid has to do) and defeated visiting Quinnipiac in a 9 a.m. game at Tom Gola Arena (the earliest starting time in program history). The matchup was part of the sixth annual ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, a 24-plus-hour feast of college basketball games from around the country, airing on succession on one of ESPN’s channels.

There are certainly a lot of things you can complain about when it comes to college basketball (the regular season can often seem long and meaningless) and ESPN (where to even begin?). But it’s hard to have any complaints about this TV marathon, which for the past six years has signified the beginning of the college hoops season.

Whether you’re a college hoops diehard, someone who wants to watch sports early in the morning while getting ready for work, or someone that likes watching New Mexico State’s 7-foot-5, 350-pound center finish alley oops without jumping in the middle of the night (don’t act like you’ve never dreamed about this), it’s fun for everybody.

And in person, it’s even better. This morning the La Salle students had a blast, presumably skipping class, drinking (spiked?) hot chocolate, getting dressed as a giant banana or a superhero, bringing amusing signs and cheering on last year’s NCAA tournament darlings to their first win of the season. (The best sign ranked basketball teams from Connecticut as follows: 1. UConn; 2. Fairfield; 3. Hartford; 4. CCS; 5. Yale; 6. Yale Law; 11. Quinnipiac.)

The La Salle players, of course, talked about the game being all business and handling the early wake-up call just as they would for a weekend practice. But there’s no denying the early-morning game had a lot more juice to it than a regular non-conference weeknight game would.

And for the students who packed Gola, it sure beat going to class.

Sixers sign Chasson Randle to second 10-day contract

Sixers sign Chasson Randle to second 10-day contract

It looks like point guard Chasson Randle has earned himself some more time in Philadelphia. 

The Sixers on Friday announced that they signed Randle to a second 10-day contract. 

Randle was first signed by the Sixers on Jan. 9 and has appeared in two games, thanks in large part to a wrist injury that forced starter T.J. McConnell to msis some time and pushed backup point guard Sergio Rodriguez into the starting lineup. 

"It’s a great feeling to know that I get another shot at this and (get to) be around this team, be around this staff another 10 days," Randle said. "I’m just thankful."

Randle scored a career-high 10 points in 16 minutes in Monday's win over the Bucks, shooting 50 percent from the field (3 for 6) and beyond the arc (2 for 4), while also adding two rebounds and an assist. 

"You just watched him play in Milwaukee and you saw somebody take his length and come up with loose balls and deflections," Brett Brown said. "You saw somebody come down and had sort of a swagger and a confidence where he could rise up and make a three. He's a four-year Stanford graduate that comes with a very distinct pedigree and intellect and maturity that adds to team. Albeit new, he really adds to what we're trying to build in relation to the guys that we invite in our program. He's a high character guy."

Randle played in 19 games this season for the Westchester Knicks of the NBA D-League before signing with the Sixers, leading the team in scoring with 21 points per game, including back-to-back games of 38 and 36 points in December. 

He went undrafted in 2015 after four years at Stanford, and spent last season overseas with CEZ Nymburk of the National Basketball League in the Czech Republic.

Source: Sixers claim, then waive Mo Williams

Source: Sixers claim, then waive Mo Williams

Updated: 6:13 p.m.

Mo Williams was barely a Sixer.

The Sixers on Friday claimed the 34-year-old point guard, then waived him, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Jessica Camerato. The Sixers followed it with the re-signing of guard Chasson Randle to a second 10-day contract.

ESPN's Marc Stein first reported the news of the Sixers' claiming Williams.

Per the report, the Sixers made the claim in order to get $2.2 million closer to the salary floor while preventing the Nuggets from doing so after Denver acquired Williams in a trade with the Hawks.

It's been a whirlwind two weeks for Williams, who was traded from the Cavaliers to the Hawks as part of the Kyle Korver deal. Williams was then shipped to the Nuggets, who then waived him.

Now he's been claimed and waived by the Sixers in the same day.

Williams, a veteran of 13 NBA seasons, last played for 2015-16 championship-winning Cleveland, where he played 41 regular-season contests and averaged 8.2 points and 2.4 assists per game.