December 21, 1988
St. Francis Coach John Jordan predicted that he would have to wait for Matt Smith's court savvy to come around. Smith, a defensive end on the football team, needed to re-establish his "feel" for the hardwood. If Smith's performance in the Golden Knights' 74-70 win at La Salle on Tuesday is an accurate indication, Smith is back in form. "He's finally got his legs back," Jordan said of Smith, who scored 14 points and had 9 rebounds in his first start.
January 1, 1991 |
Threes were wild--and so was play much of the time--Monday night at Loyola Marymount as La Salle outlasted Loyola, 133-118. The 9 p.m. start meant the visitors were playing at midnight Eastern time, but the Explorers were ready to play, especially their outstanding backcourt of Doug Overton and Randy Woods, who rang in the New Year with career highs of 45 and 46 points, respectively. Forward Jack Hurd added a personal-best 29 points for La Salle, which made 18 three-point baskets.
December 22, 2002 |
As soon as La Salle arrived in Los Angeles late Wednesday morning, the Explorers lived up to their nickname by immediately exploring Southland attractions to make the most of their one-game West Coast trip. They went straight from the airport to Universal Studios before taking a tour of Hollywood and checking out the House of Blues on their second day in town.
January 6, 1990 |
Imagine yourself in a dentist's chair, the right side of your jaw throbbing. You spend part of your afternoon having abscessed gums drained. You leave the dentist's office, and the right side of your face looks like you just went 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. How do you spend your evening? If you're All-American forward Lionel (L-Train) Simmons, you put on your La Salle jersey No.
June 25, 1992 |
It was like the regular season all over again Wednesday, when the Clippers started slow and ended with a flurry. Their first pick in the draft didn't come until No. 16, the latest of the Elgin Baylor era, excluding a year ago when the Clippers traded No. 9 hours before the selection to get Doc Rivers. But once the wait was over, and even though they had only two picks, the Clippers squeezed in transactions for four players and two future choices.
March 18, 1990 |
One good half of basketball after three bad ones was enough to keep Clemson in the NCAA tournament. Lionel Simmons' only bad half after three good ones knocked La Salle out of it. The Tigers, behind Dale Davis' 26 points and 17 rebounds, overcame a 19-point deficit and snapped the nation's longest winning streak at 22 games, beating No. 12 La Salle, 79-75, Saturday in the second round of the East Regional at Hartford, Conn.
March 25, 2013 |
My dream of a West Regional foursome of Wichita State, La Salle, Harvard and Iowa State came only half true. Los Angeles fell two underdogs short from hitting for the Cinderella cycle. The disappointment abated when, in Philadelphia, the hallucination that was Florida Gulf Coast University lived into Sunday evening. More than Coach K calling a timeout, or Kansas Coach Bill Self's perfectly coiffed hair, these are the story lines that make the NCAA tournament the best reality show on television.
December 12, 2002 |
Dec. 21 vs. La Salle (3-2), 5 p.m. -- The Explorers, who play in the Atlantic 10 Conference, lead the all-time series, 2-1, though the Trojans and La Salle have not played since the 1972-73 season. The Explorers have wins this year over Delaware, Lafayette and James Madison. -- Paul Gutierrez
March 24, 1999 |
This was nearly a decade before UCLA began its domination of college basketball, when the center of the basketball universe was thought to be the playgrounds of Philadelphia. There, the likes of Paul Arizin, Tom Gola and Guy Rodgers learned the game before becoming All-Americans at Villanova, La Salle and Temple, respectively. But all that changed on this date, when basketball's power center, with one game, jumped to the West Coast.