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La Salle falls to Boston College in Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament consolation game

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La Salle falls to Boston College in Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament consolation game


UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Jerome Robinson scored a season-high 25 points to lead Boston College over La Salle 82-61 on Sunday in the consolation game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.

Nik Popovic had 18 points for the Eagles (4-1). Ky Bowman added 13 points with seven assists and Jordan Chatman 10. Deontae Hawkins had 10 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. All five Boston College starters scored in double digits for the second straight game.

"We have a lot more pieces on offense than we did before and I feel like it's all coming together for us," said Robinson, who was 8 for 14 from the field and 3 for 4 on 3-pointers. "I wasn't comfortable before because there were so many pieces and I had to pick and choose.

"I kind of figured it out today."

Boston College outrebound La Salle 48-30.

B.J. Johnson led the Explorers (3-2) with 27 points, while Pookie Powell added 16. No other player scored more than six points.

"I thought today we just really had a great response after (the loss to Texas Tech)," Boston College coach Jim Christian said. "We knew we were capable of playing a lot better and we came out to prove it."

The Eagles closed the first half on a 10-0 run, with Bowman hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer, to make it 30-22. The Explorers led 17-13 with 10:42 left, but finished the half making just 1 of their last 14 shots.

"It was a big momentum change," La Salle coach Dr. John Giannini said. "The last two minutes of that 10-0 run was a complete momentum change."

Bowman and Popovic each had eight points at the half, and the Eagles scored eight points off eight offensive rebounds.

In the second half, La Salle cut the lead to 40-34 on Johnnie Shuler's 3-pointers inside 13 minutes, but the Eagles answered with a 10-3 run to create some breathing room.

"I'm not really worried about who's scoring, I'm concerned with us making the right plays," Christian said. "I liked the way we played."

BC shot 56 percent in the second half, and 48 percent for the game. La Salle finished at 34 percent shooting overall.

In two losses at the tournament, teams shot 45 percent on the perimeter against the Explorers.

Big Picture
Boston College: The Eagles are getting plenty of offense with at least three players scoring in double figures every game.

La Salle: The Explorers have already found their go-to guy in Johnson, who is a transfer from Syracuse. The fifth-year senior has led the team in scoring four times.

Up Next
La Salle meets its second ranked team of the season, No. 11 Miami, on Wednesday.

Boston College hosts Colgate on Wednesday before ending the month with road trips to Providence and Nebraska.

B.J. Johnson comes through in the clutch for La Salle

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B.J. Johnson comes through in the clutch for La Salle


BELFAST, Northern Ireland — B.J. Johnson scored 15 points, including two free throws with 1.7 seconds left, and La Salle held off Holy Cross 58-54 on Saturday in the consolation game of the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.

Pookie Powell, who had 13 points, hit two 3-pointers during an early 8-0 in the second half to give the Explorers (5-4) a 42-26 lead. But in the final 15 minutes, La Salle made just four more baskets and the Crusaders (2-5) charged back.

A 15-2 run, capped by a jumper by Jehyve Floyd with 2:25 to play, tied the game at 50. Johnson responded with his only 3-pointer in seven attempts to quickly put La Salle, which went 4 of 12, back on top. The Crusaders got a pair of free throws with 1:18 to go but Isiah Deas hit another La Salle 3 with 58 seconds remaining. Both teams missed opportunities before Patrick Benzan made a layup for Holy Cross with 3.2 seconds left before Johnson sealed the win.

Floyd led Holy Cross with 15 points and Benzan had 13, 11 in the second half.

La Salle falls apart down stretch in loss to Towson in Ireland

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La Salle falls apart down stretch in loss to Towson in Ireland


BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Zane Martin scored 20 points, Mike Morsell added 17 and Towson outscored La Salle 9-2 in the last 2 minutes on Friday for a 67-60 win in the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.

The Tigers (7-1), who have won seven straight, face Manhattan in Saturday's championship game while the Explorers (4-4) meet Holy Cross. This is the first time regular season college games have been played in Europe.

There were 11 ties and 13 lead changes and neither team had a double figure lead.

Pookie Powell, who had 13 points, pulled La Salle into a tie at 58 with a free throw with 3:01 to play. Eddie Keith II answered with a reverse layup for the Tigers and then Brian Starr had a shot-clock beating deep 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 63-58 with 1:13 to play.

B.J. Johnson, who led the Explorers with 24 points and nine rebounds, hit a baseline jumper with 54.3 seconds to play but that was La Salle's only basket in six attempts in the final 2:21. Martin sealed the game with four free throws in the final 22 seconds.

The Sport Changes Life Foundation and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference partnered with the Hall of Fame to put the tournament together.