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Strong 1st half powers La Salle past Mercer

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Strong 1st half powers La Salle past Mercer

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B.J. Johnson scored 25 points, Pookie Powell scored 24 and La Salle beat Mercer 95-85 on Sunday.

La Salle (6-6) made 16 of 29 3-pointers (55 percent) and were two made 3s away from the school record set on three occasions. The Explorers finished shooting 54 percent (31 of 57) overall.

Isiah Deas made back-to-back 3s, Johnnie Schuler added a 3 and Johnson scored the next seven points with a 3 and four free throws as the Explorers built an early 24-13 lead.

Ria'n Holland countered with back-to-back 3s and Stephon Jelks added one to reduce Mercer's deficit to 27-22, but La Salle broke it open with a 22-7 run to close the half and never looked back.

Johnnie Shuler scored 13 points and Saul Phiri and Isiah Deas each scored 11 for La Salle. Amar Stukes had 10 assists.

Holland scored a career-high 33 points -- was 6 of 9 from 3-point range -- and Jelks scored 22 for the Bears (6-5).

La Salle holds off Fordham to snap skid

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La Salle holds off Fordham to snap skid

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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.

La Salle loses a marathon game

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La Salle loses a marathon game

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PITTSBURGH — Mike Lewis II scored 11 of his 24 points in the third overtime, Tarin Smith, who finished with 21 points, forced a critical La Salle turnover late in the second overtime, and Duquesne beat the Explorers 101-94 in triple overtime on Saturday.

After La Salle's Pookie Powell hit two free throws to make it 92-all with 2:29 remaining, Lewis scored all of Duquesne's points in a 9-2 run to close the game. The Explorers (7-11, 1-4 Atlantic 10) missed five of their final six field-goal attempts.

Jamir Moultrie hit a 3 to give La Salle a 73-67 lead early in the first overtime and two free throws by Amar Stukes pushed the lead to four points with 13 seconds left. Tarin Smith hit two foul shots and then deflected a pass which Castro-Caneddy threw off the backboard, as he fell to the ground, and Kellon Taylor's putback with 4.2 seconds to go forced the third OT.

Powell led La Salle with 22 points.

Jordan Robinson finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Eric Williams Jr. added 10 points and 13 boards, for Duquesne (13-5, 4-1).

The Dukes missed 3 of 4 from the free-throw line -- including the front end of a 1-and-1 -- and La Salle made just 1 of 3 in the final 1 minute, 37 seconds of regulation.

There were 15 ties and 33 lead changes.