La Salle signs coach Giannini to extension

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - La Salle has rewarded coach John Giannini with a contract extension after he led the Explorers to their best NCAA tournament run since 1955.

Terms of the deal were not released Thursday. Giannini led the Explorers (24-10) to their first NCAA appearance since 1992, and they went all the way to the round of 16. La Salle beat Boise State in the "First Four," then defeated Kansas State and Mississippi. The Explorers also upset Top 25 teams Butler and VCU in the same week during the regular season.

Giannini is 143-138 in nine seasons with La Salle and made a trip to the NIT in 2012. His 143 wins are third-most in La Salle history.

Giannini calls it an "honor" to coach at the school and says he remains "deeply invested" in the program.

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