La Salle basketball

La Salle uses offensive balance to sink Drexel

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La Salle uses offensive balance to sink Drexel

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David Beatty had 14 points to lead five La Salle players in double figures as the Explorers defeated Drexel 71-63 on Saturday.

Saul Phiri added 12 points for the Explorers, Scott Spencer chipped in 11 with seven rebounds and Ayinde Hikim and Ed Croswell each scored 10

Isiah Deas, the Explorers' second leading scorer heading into the contest at nine points per game, was just 1-of-9 shooting.

Zach Walton had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Dragons (5-5). James Butler added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Camren Wynter had 11 points and six rebounds.

La Salle (5-3) matches up against Morgan State at home next Saturday. Drexel takes on South Florida on the road next Sunday.

Justin Moore scores 25 points in No. 22 Villanova's win over La Salle

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Justin Moore scores 25 points in No. 22 Villanova's win over La Salle

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Coach Jay Wright has a talented but inexperienced team at Villanova this year, capable of being dangerous and maddening — sometimes in the same game.

Justin Moore had 25 points off the bench, Saddiq Bey scored 19 and the 22nd-ranked Wildcats survived a sloppy second half to beat La Salle 83-72 on Sunday night.

"We've had different guys who have come up big for us on different nights," Wright said. "It was Justin for us tonight."

Villanova (5-2) went on a 28-6 run midway through the first half to build a 48-28 cushion at halftime. The Explorers closed within 10 twice in the second half thanks to some pesky defense that held the Wildcats without a field goal for over seven minutes. Villanova also committed 12 turnovers in the second half, helping La Salle hang around.

"They made better adjustments than us at halftime," Wright said. "They played hard and we made mistakes that an inexperienced team makes. Juniors who haven't been go-to guys and sophomores who haven't been leaders. But they are learning."

Ed Croswell led La Salle (4-3) with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 10 rebounds. David Beatty had 12 points for the Explorers.

"I'm proud of the way that our guys battled," said La Salle coach Ashley Howard, who was an assistant to Wright from 2013-18, a span that included two national titles. "We battled, but the first half we let the game get away from us with turnovers and poor transition defense."

Moore scored 15 points in the first half to help Villanova build the lead. Bey and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl each had 10 rebounds.

"We have to learn how to come out and play hard for 40 minutes," Moore said. "We had a great first half, but we have to match that intensity in the second half."

Collin Gillespie contributed 14 points for the Wildcats, who have won seven in a row against their Philadelphia Big Five City Series rival and improved to 26-1 since 2012-13 against the four other Division I schools in the unique college basketball association. The only loss in that span for the Wildcats came on Dec. 11, 2018, to Pennsylvania.

Big picture 

La Salle: Coming off a tournament win at the Gulf Coast Showdown last week, the Explorers dropped a game against a Wildcats squad that has bedeviled them for almost 20 years. Still, they have enough talent to make noise in the Atlantic 10.

Villanova: The Wildcats could move up in the AP Top 25 thanks to a chaotic week for teams above them, but their second-half struggles showed they are hardly a complete team.

Up next 

LaSalle: At Philly rival Drexel on Saturday.

Villanova: Hosts Big Five rival Pennsylvania on Wednesday night.

La Salle takes down Murray State in Gulf Coast Showcase

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La Salle takes down Murray State in Gulf Coast Showcase

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ESTERO, Fla. — Sherif Kenney came off the bench to score 15 points to carry La Salle to a 75-64 win over Murray State in the Gulf Coast Showcase on Monday night.

Isiah Deas had 12 points for La Salle (2-2). Saul Phiri and Ed Croswell added 11 points apiece with Croswell grabbing 10 rebounds for La Salle.

The Explorers nailed 13 of 28 shots from beyond the arc while limiting Murray State to just 4-of-20 shooting from distance.

Tevin Brown had 19 points and six rebounds for the Racers (3-2). Darnell Cowart added 14 points. Jaiveon Eaves had 10 points.