Superb play by La Salle’s guards was the story of the First Half, with Ramon Galloway leading all scorers with 19 followed by Tyrone Garland with 9. The Explorers defense was superb, causing the Rebels to turn the ball over 8 times while only turning it over 5 themselves. Of course it doesn’t hurt La Salle to be playing against the most erratic, unpredictable college basketball player in Marshall Henderson. He led Ole Miss with 8 points, followed by Murphy Holloway with 7. Holloway contributed 7 boards also which is the dominance expected agains this Explorers team. They don’t have the hoss to handle Holloway on the block and Andy Kennedy needs to exploit that to get Henderson going or we will have our second “cinderella” team this March.
Andy Kennedy must have heard me because Murphy Holloway has been doing work on the post and Marshall Henderson got hot from deep. Nevertheless, Ramon Galloway, Tyreek Duren, and Tyrone Garland matched big shot for big shot right until the end. Tyrone Garland hit a lay up in the final 3 seconds of the game to give La Salle the 76-74 victory, advancing to Sweet 16 for the first time since the mid-90’s. Garland finished with 17 points, behind Duren’s 19 and Garland’s 24. Based on how Marshall Henderson celebrates victories, I wonder how he celebrates defeats? I’m sure we’ll find out sooner than later.
La Salle Explorers will play the Wichita State Shockers in the Sweet 16.