Nov. 16, 2013
Tyreek Duren scored the first eight points in a late game-changing 10-0 run that lifted La Salle past gritty Siena 78-74 Saturday in Philadelphia. The Saints led 66-58 with 7:02 left after playing nearly flawless basketball before the veteran Explorers rallied to pull out the win.
"Our young guys came into one of the toughest situations in the country, against a really tough team that went to the Sweet 16, and we played great for 40 minutes," Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. "We didn't do everything perfect, but we did a lot of great things,"
Rob Poole scored a game-high 21 points and added six rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 32 solid minutes to pace the Saints.
"If I told you we were going to be up eight late in the second half, you would have said I was crazy," Poole said. "I'm happy with the way we played."
Lavon Long had 11 points and nine rebounds in 36 minutes, and Evan Hymes had 11 points and five assists in 24 minutes off the bench. Freshman Javion Ogunyemi had his best game as a Saint, logging seven points and six rebounds in 29 minutes.
The Saints were in position to win despite starting point guard Marquis Wright fouling out in 17 minutes and starting off-guard Maurice White managing just four points in 12 minutes.
Duren led the Explorers with 20 points. Jarrell Wright had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
La Salle closed the game on a 20-6 run, but the outcome was in doubt until the final seconds.
Siena led 42-38 at the half and made 5-6 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes. The Saints shot 48% from the field for the game, 58% from 3-point range and managed 18 assists against 11 turnovers despite Wright sitting for the majority of the game.
La Salle made 24-of-32 free throws, a huge difference in the game. Siena got to the stripe just eight times all day. The Saints return home to face another Atlantic 10 foe Tuesday when St. Bonaventure comes to town in the annual battle for the Franciscan Cup.
"We talked about how you have to keep climbing, but you can't be satisfied and take a step back just because you played well and lost," Patsos said. "I think our team battled and we're learning how to win."