Obscene Shooting Percentages Propel La Salle to Its First NCAA Tourney Win in 23 Years

Obscene Shooting Percentages Propel La Salle to Its First NCAA Tourney Win in 23 Years

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?”

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Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to aggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to aggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.