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Johnson and Stukes lead La Salle over St. Joe's

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Johnson and Stukes lead La Salle over St. Joe's

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B.J. Johnson scored 25 points and Amar Stukes added 20 and La Salle outlasted St. Joseph's for an 81-78 win on Saturday.

La Salle (10-13, 4-6 Atlantic 10) outscored the Hawks 13-7 in the last three minutes and Stukes put the Explorers up for good. Johnson and Pookie Powell made six free throws combined, and Taylor Funk and Shevar Newkirk each missed 3s for a chance to tie.

Right before halftime, following Pierfrancesco Oliva's 3, Johnson reeled off eight straight with a layup and two 3s in succession, Stukes added a layup and Powell made a pair of free throws and La Salle reduced its deficit to 41-38.

La Salle continued to chip away, tied it at 58 with Saul Phiri's two free throws and went up six with a pair of Jamir Moultrie 3s. Newkirk responded with back-to-back 3s to even it.

Moultrie scored 18 and Powell scored 15 with 11 assists.

For the Hawks (9-13, 4-6), Newkirk scored a career-high 30 points, James Demery scored 21 with 11 rebounds and Oliva scored 10.

Tony Washington's career day sparks La Salle

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Tony Washington's career day sparks La Salle

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Tony Washington scored a career-high 20 points and pulled down a career-best 14 rebounds as La Salle overcame a slow start to beat George Mason 69-62 on Saturday afternoon to halt a three-game losing skid.

George Mason, looking for its third straight Atlantic 10 Conference victory, shot 62 percent from the floor in the first half, sprinting to a 45-32 halftime advantage.

The Explorers picked up the pace as Washington scored six straight points to open the second half, while George Mason opened that period shooting 2-of-15 from the floor. La Salle opened the second period on a 21-7 surge to take a 53-52 lead with 8:58 remaining in the game.

The Patriots battled back to retake the lead 58-57. Washington pulled down his 13th rebound and followed with a layup at the other end for a 61-60 lead with 1:20 remaining. The Explorers made six straight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Washington was 9 of 11 from the floor. B.J. Johnson added 18 points with nine boards and Amar Stukes had 12 points for La Salle (11-16, 5-9).

Justin Kier led George Mason (12-15, 6-8) with 19 points and seven rebounds.

Saul Phiri's big game all for naught

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Saul Phiri's big game all for naught

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Matt Mobley scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Jaylen Adams added 26 points with five assists and four steals and St. Bonaventure beat La Salle 79-68 on Tuesday night for its first seven-game Atlantic 10 winning streak in program history.

The pair combined to go 9 of 17 from distance, with Adams hitting five 3s, and the Bonnies made 10 of 20. Mobley reached 30 points for the second time this season.

Mobley paced the Bonnies in the opening half with 18 points and Adams added 12 for a 42-32 lead. Mobley sank a 3-pointer and Courtney Stockard went coast-to-coast for a dunk to put the Bonnies in control at 67-56 with 7:22 left.

Stockard finished with 10 points for St. Bonaventure (19-6, 9-4), which has sole possession of second in the A-10.

Saul Phiri scored 22 points with five 3-pointers and Pookie Powell added 15 points for La Salle (10-16, 4-9).