Pookie Powell scored 28 points with seven rebounds and La Salle rolled to an 83-60 win over Saint Louis in an Atlantic 10 Conference opener on Saturday.
Powell was 12 of 19 from the field and 3 of 4 from beyond the arc for the Explorers (7-7). Amar Stukes scored 20 points with four rebounds and Tony Washington and Miles Brookins added 10 points apiece. Saul Phiri led the team with 10 rebounds.
La Salle shot 51 percent to 34 percent for Saint Louis.
The Explorers jumped to a 16-8 start and built it into a 44-19 advantage at the break.
Powell scored 10 points as part of a 12-6 run to open the second half, stretching the Explorers' lead to 56-26 with 15:16 to play.
Freshman Jordan Goodwin led the Billikens (7-7) with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
RICHMOND, Va. — Nick Sherod and Jacob Gilyard connected on consecutive 3-pointers as Richmond broke away from a tied game in the last 1:11 to defeat La Salle 82-74 Saturday, pushing its win streak to three games.
La Salle (8-12, 2-5 Atlantic 10) forged a 74-74 tie on a Tony Washington layup, but on the other end of the floor Sherrod nailed an open 3 from in front of the Richmond bench for the lead. The Spiders' Grant Golden blocked La Salle's Pookie Powell on the other end.
After La Salle turned over the inbounds pass, Gilyard dribbled down the clock, created space with a crossover move and drained a dagger of a 3-pointer for a six-point lead with 26 seconds left.
Sherod and Golden each scored 18 points for Richmond (6-13, 4-3). Golden added eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Khwan Fore added 14 points for the Spiders, who made 30 of 60 shots with 17 assists.
B.J. Johnson led the Explorers with 27 points in his second game back after missing five with an ankle injury. Isiah Deas added 18 and Powell 15.
Isaiah Deas scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and grabbed eight rebounds and Tony Washington had 11 of his 14 points in the second half to help La Salle hold on for a 75-67 win over Fordham on Wednesday night.
Washington was 6-of-7 shooting and also had eight boards. Saul Phiri scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and Pookie Powell finished with 12 points and six assists for La Salle (8-11, 2-4 Atlantic 10). The Explorers snapped a four-game skid overall and won its third straight in the series.
Will Tavares scored 12 points in a 16-1 run that pulled Fordham (6-12, 1-5 Atlantic 10) within five points after he made back-to-back layups with nearly eight minutes to play. La Salle went more than four minutes without a field goal until Powell hit a 3 and B.J. Johnson's dunk pushed the lead to 68-57 with five minutes left. The Rams trailed by at least eight points the rest of the way.
Tavares scored 18 points to lead Fordham. Prokop Slanina added 12 with a career-best five steals and Joseph Chartouny had 11 points and a season-high nine assists.
Deas hit a 3 to cap a 19-3 run that gave La Salle a 36-22 lead late in the first half and Phiri's tip-in putback gave the Explorers a 21-point lead with 15 minutes to go.