NEW YORK — La Salle, which faces Southern Mississippi for the title in the 50th National Invitation Tournament tonight, can forget about facing another zone defense that will let the Explorers again make eight three-point shots in the first half.
"They've convinced me they can shoot," Southern Mississippi Coach M.K. Turk said Wednesday. "I can assure you that we won't open with a zone against La Salle."
La Salle Coach Bill (Speedy) Morris said: "They know they have to play us man-to-man to win, but we feel we can handle a man-to-man and get the ball inside. Not many teams have tried to play a zone against us. We've had games where we've only shot five or six three-pointers."
La Salle guards Tim Legler and Rich Tarr hit three three-pointers each in the first half of a 92-73 victory over Arkansas Little Rock Tuesday night. Southern Miss defeated Nebraska, 82-75, in the other semifinal.