Preview: VCU is looking to return to form against La Salle on Sunday

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Written by Brandon Jarvis

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La Salle is 5-1 in the A-10 VCU and tied for 2nd place with the Richmond Spiders.  La Salle is looking for their 6th straight win while VCU is trying to avoid their 3rd loss in a row.  The Rams and Explorers in Richmond on January 22nd at 2 PM.   A win for VCU will propel them into the second place position behind Dayton (5-1).

The Rams lost in a tough overtime game off of a last second jumper by Antwan Anderson.  This will be a tough game for the Rams but it certainly a game that they can win.  Below we have posted summaries from La Salle’s last three A-10 contests.

La Salle v. Davidson 1/19

Jordan Price scored 21 of his 29 points in the first half to help La Salle beat Davidson 91-83 on Thursday night for its fifth straight victory.

The Explorers closed the first half on a 16-2 run, with eight points from Price, for a 49-40 lead. Then La Salle made eight of its first 12 shots of the second half to build a 67-54 lead.

Jack Gibbs completed a 3-point play with 1:41 left to pull Davidson to 82-79 but La Salle scored on its next two possessions — with baskets by B.J. Johnson and Demetrius Henry. The Explorers hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 25.8 seconds to seal it.

Johnson finished with 19 points, Pookie Powell had 14 and Amar Stukes 12 for La Salle (11-5, 5-1 Atlantic 10), which is tied for first in league play with Dayton and Richmond.

Peyton Aldridge made five 3-pointers and had 33 points and nine rebounds for Davidson (9-8, 2-4). Gibbs added four 3s, 25 points and seven assists.


La Salle v George Washington 1/15

  Jordan Price scored 23 points with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals and La Salle defeated George Washington 79-69 on Sunday.

B.J. Johnson had 14 points and Cleon Roberts added 13 for the Explorers (10-5, 4-1 Atlantic 10), who won their fourth straight.

La Salle, which never tailed, shot 68 percent in the first half, making 6 of 9 3-pointers and 15 of 22 overall, to take a 40-30 lead.

George Washington scored the first six points out of the break and trailed 51-46 with 11:37 to play. Pookie Powell‘s 3 and Price’s 3-point play started an 8-0 surge and 19-3 run that made it 70-49 at the 6:29 mark. Johnson, Price and Powell hit consecutive 3-pointers.

The Explorers finished 24 of 44 (61 percent), 11 of 17 from long distance and 14 of 15 from the foul line. It was the first time they shot better than 60 percent since March 20, 2013. Price was 9 of 11 with four 3s.

Jair Bolden led the Colonials (9-9, 1-4) with 16 points and Yuta Watanabe and Tyler Cavanaugh had 13 apiece.


La Salle vs Rhode Island 1/12

  Amar Stukes was 4 of 6 from the floor and made 13 of 14 free throws for 22 points as La Salle rolled Rhode Island 87-75 on Thursday night.

Pookie Powel added 16 points while dishing our five assists. B.J. Johnson chipped in another 16 with seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

La Salle (9-5, 3-1 A10 Conference) jumped out to an early lead, was up 43-22 at the break, and held a 68-49 advantage midway through the second half.

The Explorers, who have won the last three and picked up five victories in their last six games, made 26 of 45 (58 percent) field goal attempts while limiting Rhode Island to 26-of-66 shooting.

La Salle’s only league loss was to Dayton in the conference opener.

Rhode Island’s 21-point halftime deficit was its largest this season.

Jared Terrell led Rhode Island (10-6, 2-2) with 14 points.

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