A few La Salle notes …
– La Salle was founded by the Christian Brothers in 1863 and is named for St. John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of teachers. The 133-acre campus is in Northwest Philadelphia and has an enrollment of 4,516 undergraduate students.
– The Explorers are 13-10 in 12 NCAA tournament appearances. One of those wins was in a 1990 first-round game in Hartford against Clarence Weatherspoon and Southern Miss. I was covering Southern for The Meridian Star at the time. Lionel Simmons, the L Train, averaged 26.5 points on that La Salle team.
– La Salle defeated Boise State in Dayton in one of the “First Four” games and will be playing its third game in five days. It is going for its third win in a single NCAA tournament for the first time since reaching the championship game in 1955.
– The La Salle roster has some SEC about it. The Explorers’ leading scorer is 6-3 guard Ramon Galloway, a transfer from South Carolina. He’s averaging 17.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists. Galloway ranked third in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, ninth in assists.
– The Explorers went 11-5 in the A-10 and are 23-9 after Friday’s upset of 4 seed Kansas State.
– La Salle led that game 44-26 at halftime. Some who saw the second half said the Explorers seemed to lose their legs. They lost the lead with 7:09 to play, but Kansas State, with a raucous crowd behind it, couldn’t stretch the lead. Three free throws from 6-8 forward Jerrell Wright in the last 30 seconds — plus good halfcourt defense — made the difference for La Salle.
– Andy Kennedy was an assistant at UAB when La Sale assistant Will Bailey was a player there from 1996-98.
– La Salle is scoring 72.4 points a game, giving up 66.0. It is shooting 45.3 percent and allowing 45.6 percent. The Explorers shoot 3s at a 37.6 percent rate, allow them at 30.3. They are minus-3.2 per game on the boards and average 11.5 turnovers.