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La Salle's B.J. Johnson will return for senior season

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La Salle's B.J. Johnson will return for senior season

La Salle forward B.J. Johnson will return for his senior season with the Explorers. 

Johnson had previously declared for the NBA draft, but did not hire an agent, which allowed him to test the process and return. 

"B.J. received great feedback from exploring his NBA potential," head coach Dr. John Giannini said in a release from the team. 

"He is extremely focused and motivated to improve himself and our team to reach his highest goals. He had interest to workout for several teams. However, he has some minor health issues from last season that would be best to take care of now to maximize his preparations for next season. He has decided to take that route and it bodes well for him and our team."

Johnson was a first-team Big 5 selection last season after leading the Explorers in points (17.6 per game) and rebounds (6.3). He became the 30th player in school history to score 500-plus points in a single season. 

"My goal is to play the game I love professionally," Johnson said in a statement on March 23, when he declared for the draft. "This decision will give me the opportunity to test myself, better myself and receive important feedback in pursuit of this goal."

La Salle falls short in upset bid of Saint Louis

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La Salle falls short in upset bid of Saint Louis

BOX SCORE

Jordan Goodwin had 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals to help Saint Louis beat La Salle 71-64 on Saturday night.

Hasahn French added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Javon Bess scored 11 for the Billikens (12-4, 3-0 Atlantic 10), who won their fourth in a row.

Bess hit 3-pointer from deep to make it 69-64 with 1:16 left for Saint Louis and capped the scoring with a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left.

The Explorers (3-12, 1-2) trailed 37-27 at the break and never led in the second half, but a 7-0 run cut the deficit to 50-49 and five straight points tied it at 58.

Isiah Deas and Jack Clark had 14 points each and Pookie Powell scored 12 for La Salle.

Saint Louis outscored La Salle in the paint 38-24.

La Salle beats Towson to win Battle of the Boardwalk, improve to 2-10

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La Salle beats Towson to win Battle of the Boardwalk, improve to 2-10

BOX SCORE

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Pookie Powell scored 18 points and La Salle capitalized on 19 turnovers to beat the Towson, 57-51 and win the Battle of the Boardwalk tournament on Saturday afternoon.

The game included an embarrassing first-half mistake when Towson freshman Solomon Uyaelunmo took an in-bounds pass, turned and scored on his own basket while his coach, Pat Skerry nearly keeled over in disbelief.

It took first-year La Salle coach Ashley Howard 11 games to get his first career win and now his Explorers have won two straight.

La Salle (2-11) led most of the way, taking a 27-23 advantage at intermission, but Towson hung around while the Explorers shot just 22.2 percent from the field in the second half. La Salle was 18 of 22 from the line. Towson shot 41.2 percent from the field (21 of 51), but was just 1 of 10 from distance and 8 of 11 from the line.

Brian Fobbs and Jakigh Dottin each scored 12 points for Towson (4-8).