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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).

Pookie Powell's 24 points not enough as La Salle falls to Richmond

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Pookie Powell's 24 points not enough as La Salle falls to Richmond

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Grant Golden scored 24 points as Richmond topped La Salle 84-75 on Saturday. Jacob Gilyard added 20 points for the Spiders.

Golden shot 10 for 12 from the field. He added nine rebounds and six assists. Gilyard also had six assists for the Spiders.

Nathan Cayo had 15 points and five assists for Richmond (12-15, 6-8 Atlantic 10 Conference). Jake Wojcik added 15 points.

La Salle scored 43 points in the first half, a season high for the team.

Pookie Powell had 24 points for the Explorers (8-18, 6-8). Isiah Deas added 16 points and six rebounds. Ed Croswell had nine rebounds.

The Spiders evened the season series against the Explorers with the win. La Salle defeated Richmond 66-58 on Feb. 2. Richmond takes on George Mason on the road on Wednesday. La Salle takes on Davidson at home on Wednesday.

La Salle's offense stifled in loss to Saint Louis

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La Salle's offense stifled in loss to Saint Louis

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ST. LOUIS — Tramaine Isabell had a season-high 23 points plus 10 rebounds as Saint Louis defeated La Salle 62-49 on Saturday.

Javon Bess had 14 points for Saint Louis (17-9, 8-5 Atlantic 10 Conference). Jordan Goodwin added 10 points and eight rebounds. Hasahn French had 10 rebounds and three blocks for the home team.

Saul Phiri had 12 points for the Explorers (8-16, 6-6). Ed Croswell added 10 points and 14 rebounds. Jared Kimbrough had seven rebounds.

Pookie Powell, who led the Explorers in scoring heading into the contest with 16 points per game, shot only 17 percent in the game (1 of 6). Isiah Deas, the Explorers' second leading scorer coming into the matchup at 12 points per game, shot only 18 percent in the game (2 of 11).

The Billikens improve to 2-0 against the Explorers this season. Saint Louis defeated La Salle 71-64 on Jan. 12. Saint Louis plays Dayton on the road next Saturday. La Salle plays Saint Bonaventure on the road on Wednesday.