KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tyrone Garland’s floater through the lane with 2.5 seconds left gave La Salle a riveting and historic 76-74 win over Mississippi Sunday and a berth in the Sweet 16 next week in Los Angeles.
Interviewed moments later by truTV's Craig Sager, Garland revealed that the shot is called the "Southwest Philly Floater."
Ramon Galloway scored 24 points, Tyreek Duren had 19 –- including a huge three and two free throws down the stretch –- and Garland scored 17 off the bench as La Salle reached its first Sweet 16 in 58 years in an NCAA tournament West Regional quarterfinal game at the Sprint Center.
La Salle trailed by five with four minutes left but closed the game on a 10-5 run.
La Salle, which lost its last two games coming into the NCAA tournament, has now won more tournament games in five days (three) than it won in the previous 57 years combined (two).
La Salle is in the Sweet 16 for the third time in school history and the first time since the 1955 team reached the NCAA finals. One year earlier, four blocks from the Sprint Center, La Salle beat Bradley 92-76 to win its only NCAA championship.
The Explorers will face Wichita State, a No. 9 seed out of the Missouri Valley Conference, on Thursday in Los Angeles.
No. 13 seed La Salle improved to 24-9, and No. 12 seed Ole Miss, which had won seven straight, finished 27-9.
The Explorers, who needed to beat Boise State in a play-in game just to reach the field of 64, are the second team to go from the play-in round in Dayton to the Sweet 16. Virginia Commonwealth made the Final Four as an 11 seed after beating USC in Dayton.
La Salle is the fourth 13 seed to reach the Sweet 16, joining Valparaiso in 1998, Oklahoma in 1999, Bradley in 2006 and Ohio last year. No 13 seed has ever reached the Elite Eight.
Ole Miss had just taken its biggest lead of the game at 69-64 when Sam Mills buried a three from the left wing and got fouled with 4:01 left. He missed the free throw, but Jerrell Wright rebounded, and his follow shot tied the game at 69 with 3:58 left.
Stat of the day
Mitch Henderson missed 11 of his 15 threes.
Did you know?
Giannini is the first coach in history to have a 3-0 career record in NCAA tournament games with all three wins coming as a 13 seed or lower.
La Salle will face No. 9 seed Wichita State in the West Region semifinals on Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a berth in the Elite Eight. It will be La Salle’s fourth NCAA tournament game in three states in nine days.
La Salle will stay in Kansas City Sunday night and fly to Los Angeles on Monday.