NEW YORK — B.J. Johnson scored 23 points, surpassing 1,000 for his two-year career at La Salle, and Tony Washington had a double-double, leading La Salle to a 73-60 win over Fordham on Saturday.
Washington had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Explorers (12-18, 6-10 Atlantic 10), who were coming off an overtime loss to No. 18 Rhode Island last Saturday. Amar Stukes added 16 points and Pookie Powell 14.
La Salle scored 11 straight points late in the first half and led 40-19 at the break.
The Rams used a 20-7 run, getting within 60-51 on a Will Tavares basket with 6:04 to play, but Powell quickly answered with a 3-pointer and the lead stayed in double figures.
Travares had 19 points for Fordham (9-19, 4-13), who have lost four straight and fell by 30 earlier at La Salle. Prokop Slanina added 16.
WASHINGTON -- C.J. Anderson scored 21 points and Massachusetts held off La Salle 69-67 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament.
No. 13 seed UMass (13-19) will face fifth-seeded George Mason (15-16) in a Thursday quarterfinal.
Pookie Powell's 3-point play gave La Salle its last lead, 62-61, before UMass pushed ahead to 68-67 with 44 seconds to play. La Salle's B.J. Johnson blocked Unique McLean's jumper with 14 seconds remaining, but Powell missed a jumper and a 3-pointer in the final eight seconds.
Luwane Pipkins added 15 points, Malik Hines had 14 and Carl Pierre 11 for the Minutemen. Anderson and Pipkens both shot 4 of 7 from long range.
Tony Washington scored 20 points to lead No. 12 seed La Salle (13-19). Johnson and Powell chipped in 18 points apiece.
B.J. Johnson made his final start at home memorable, pumping in 27 points to lead La Salle to a 71-53 frolic over Dayton in the penultimate Atlantic 10 Conference game of the regular season Wednesday night.
The loss knocked the Flyers out of a tie with Richmond for the No. 8 seed and into a tie for the No. 9 seed with George Washington, Duquesne and LaSalle.
The Explorers honored four seniors in their final home game and each played a key role in the win. Tony Washington scored 14 points, Johnnie Shuler dished 11 assists and Amar Stukes added seven assists and made four steals.
La Salle (13-17, 7-10) took a 10-point lead in the first half, holding a 33-23 advantage at intermission, then opened the second half with a 13-5 run.
Trey Landers scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Dayton (13-16, 7-10), with Josh Cunningham and Jalen Crutcher each adding another 10 points.