Explorers winning streak at three

After a gut-wrenching triple overtime loss to Richmond over a week ago, La Salle got revenge on the Spiders and rode senior Darnell Harris' hot shooting to their third consecutive victory and second conference road victory at the Robbins Center defeating Richmond 76-67.

Darnell Harris is among the finest shooters in La Salle history and this season he has been shooting three point baskets at a 50% clip much of the way. After a dismal 1 for 10 shooting performance against Big 5 rival Penn on Tuesday night the law of averages caught up to the Richmond Spiders today as Harris drilled 6 of his 7 three point attempts and led the Explorers to their third consecutive victory and vaulted the Explorers into a first place tie in the conference standings. Harris finished the game with a game high 24 points on 9 for 11 shooting from the floor.

The Explorers led for most of the way and got a strong first half performance from Ruben Guillandeaux who contributed 9 points in the half to go with Harris' 13. But it was Darnell Harris that would keep the Spiders at a distance as his torrid shooting would answer any and all Richmond runs to close the gap before the half. Excellent penetration from Rodney Green and subsequent kick-outs to Harris on the perimeter would be the fuel that would allow the Explorers to race out to a 38-31 halftime lead.

Richmond came out in the second half and pressured the ball and forced La Salle into 12 second half turnovers to keep the game close. David Gonzalvez showed a nice perimeter and slashing game finishing with 21 points but received little help from his teammates, in particular Dan Geriot who sliced La Salle up for 31 points just a week ago but only got 10 shots off and had a very quite 11 points. Richmond would lead just once in the game and key plays by Rodney Green on a basket and fast break pass to Jerrell Williams would deflate the Spiders web as La Salle once again made the plays down the stretch to grab their 7th win of the season.

Cove Nuggets: Kyle Griffin did not play tonight as he was on crunches at the La Salle bench. Harris surpassed former Explorer point guard Paul Burke for 22nd on the all-time La Salle scoring list. The Explorers return to Tom Gola arena Wednesday night against Charlotte in the first of 3 straight home games.

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