When No. 13 La Salle defeated No. 4 Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA tournament gasps were heard around the country for the upset. However, if you hold a magnifying glass up to the Explorers' roster it should come as no surprise that they were able to hold their own and move from the First Four to the round of 32.
“They found something last year when they won 21 games and they found a formula,” Rothstein said. “And that's that four-guard formula that they use. If you play smaller it forces the other team to match up with you. One of these things we are seeing when Tyron Garland comes in off the bench all of a sudden you have four people who can put the ball on the floor.”
The secret to their resiliency is the squad's transfer guard Ramon Galloway who scored 19 points against Kansas State. Galloway transferred from a prominent athletic program at South Carolina. He plays alongside guards Sam Mills, Tyreek Duren and D.J Peterson. Starting these guards enables LaSalle to run the floor at a breakneck pace. Guard Tyrone Garland, who came off the bench, also transferred from Virginia Tech.
“Kansas State played a virtual home game because they played in Kansas City,” Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports Network Insider said. “[LaSalle] had a situation where they had an 18-point half-time lead they relinquished the lead and they had enough resiliency to come back and get the victory. It was an unbelievable win for LaSalle and a statement win for the tournament.”
“[Jerrell Wright] got a lot of big baskets, he got us over the hump, he helped us in the game, obviously he made the game winning free throw so I think he really helped us get over the hump,” LaSalle coach John Giannini said in a postgame interview on truTV. “Other than that we have good kids who just keep grinding. ”
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