Justin Jaworski scored a career-high 31 points and Lafayette defeated Saint Joseph’s 94-71 Tuesday night, continuing its best start in four seasons.
Jaworski was the first 30-point scorer for the Leopards since the 2017-18 season. He was 10-for-17 from the field, making 5 of 10 3-pointers and making all six of his free throws. He also dished three assists.
The last 30-point scorer for Lafayette was Matt Klinewski, going off for 30 against Saint Peter’s Nov. 26, 2017.
Myles Cherry added 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting, and Lukas Jarrett scored 13 for Lafayette, which was coming off a nine-day holiday break.
The Leopards (5-2) have won three straight and are off to their best start since the 2014-15 season opened 7-2.
Lafayette had 20 assists on 34 baskets, shot 55% for the game (34-for-62) and made 14 of 28 3-pointers.
Ryan Daly led Saint Joseph’s (2-7) with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists. Cameron Brown added a career-high 13 points, Lorenzo Edwards 12.
The Hawks have dropped their last six.
ESTERO, Fla. — Isiah Deas had 21 points as La Salle narrowly defeated South Alabama 81-76 in overtime in the Gulf Coast Showcase on Wednesday night.
Ed Croswell had 18 points and 12 rebounds for La Salle (4-2). Sherif Kenney added 15 points including five points in the overtime period that helped the Explorers seal the win. Saul Phiri had 14 points for La Salle.
Andre Fox scored a career-high 28 points for the Jaguars (5-3), including a jumper with a second to go in regulation that tied the game and sent it into overtime. Chad Lott added 15 points. Trhae Mitchell had 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
La Salle faces Villanova on the road on Sunday. South Alabama faces Richmond on the road next Sunday.
ESTERO, Fla. — Brandon Stone had 17 points off the bench to carry La Salle to a 72-70 win over Wright St. in a semifinal of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Tuesday night.
After La Salle led 70-65 with 2:05 remaining, Wright State rallied with two free throws by Holden and a 3-pointer from Cole Gentry to tie it at 70 with 21 seconds to go.
La Salle played for one shot and Stone missed a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left. But Croswell, who finished with six points, had an offensive rebound and was fouled on his successful putback for a two-point lead with 1 second left. He missed the free throw, and after a timeout, Wright State failed to beat the buzzer.
Scott Spencer had 11 points for La Salle (3-2). David Beatty added 10 points. Christian Ray had six rebounds for the Explorers.
Jaylon Hall had 15 points for the Raiders (5-2). Bill Wampler added 15 points. Tanner Holden had 10 points and six rebounds.
La Salle will play South Alabama in the championship game on Wednesday. Wright State will play Miami (Ohio) for third place.