The La Salle Explorers are moving on to the field of 64.
La Salle bested Boise State, 80-71, in Dayton on Wednesday night to win the program's first NCAA Tournament game in 23 years — on the university's 150th anniversary no less.
Guard Sam Mills got the Explorers off to a hot start early and finished 5 of 6 from behind the three-point line. But it was Tyrone Galrand and Ramon Galloway that led the team with 22 and 21 points, respectively.
Those three went 22-for-31 by themselves, while the team as a whole shot 63.3 percent from the floor (31-for-49) and 52.4 percent from three (11-for-21). The Explorers actually put up a higher percentage from the field than they did the foul line (58.3).
A consolation award should go out to Boise State's Anthony Drmic, who tweaked his knee in the opening minutes and hobbled around for the rest of the game to lead all scorers with 28 points.
13-seed La Salle now gets 4-seed Kansas State on in Kansas City, Mo. on Friday at 3:10.
Some guy who lived on Olney Ave. for a few years has more, including this from John Giannini on Lionel Simmons:
“L-Train was here,” La Salle head coach John Giannini beamed after the game. “How awesome is that?”
This hits newsstands and your driveway in the morning:
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.
Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.
Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).
In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).
Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).
“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).
Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.
Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.
“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”
It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration.
A source tells CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.
Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.
Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.
General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.
Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.