La Salle Explorers: 80
Boise State Broncos: 71
It’d been 21 years since La Salle made it to the NCAA Tournament but they sure didn’t have any rust against Boise State. They jumped all over the Broncos to start the First Half and finish the Second Half. La Salle & Boise State finished the half behind hot shooting, 55.6% and 52.4% respectively. Tyrone Garland lead La Salle with 10 points and the 35-27 Halftime lead. Boise State came out in the Second Half on a little run by Anthony Drmic but La Salle kept fighting back and Boise State couldn’t beat hot shooting and balanced scoring. La Salle shot over 63% from the field and 52% from 3-point land. And as much of a beast as Anthony Drmic was (28 points) for the Broncos, the Explorers had about 4 of him. In the end 51% from beyond the arc is nearly impossible to overcome. Tyrone Garland and Roman Galloway (21 and 22 respectively) led La Salle in scoring, shooting a combined 17-24. La Salle earned the right to play Kansas State in the 13/4 match up.
James Madison Dukes: 68
LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds: 55
The James Madison Dukes turned what was a 1 point lead at the Half (32-31) into a pretty good beating of the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (68-55). The Dukes used a balanced offensive attack, led by Guard AJ Davis with 20 to go along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block. Charles Cook and Andre Nation also reached double figures with 15 and 10 points respectively. LIU couldn’t get anything going offensively as they shot only 35.6% overall and had little defensive presence around the rim, logging only 1 block to James Madison’s 10. Jamal Olaseware and CJ Garner were LIU’s only double digit scorers with 20 and 16 respectively. James Madison will now face Indiana in the 1/16 match after their first tournament win in 19 years.