KANSAS CITY, MO – In virtually any other season, an unheralded mid-major advancing from the First Four to the Sweet Sixteen as a 13-seed would be the hot topic of the NCAA Tournament. But thanks to Florida Gulf Coast University, the La Salle Explorers are still flying under the radar despite their stunning run through March Madness.
The lack of notoriety is hardly bothering the Explorers, as they continue to fly high following a 74-72 victory over 12th-seeded Ole Miss. Ramon Galloway and Tyreek Duren scored 24 and 19 points, respectively, in helping lead La Salle to a Sweet Sixteen showdown with another unexpected participant, the 9th-seeded Wichita State Shockers. The teams will meet on Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Marshall Henderson led Ole Miss with 21 points, while Murphy Holloway added 14 points and 13 rebounds, as the Rebels saw their season come to a disappointing end, after a stunning run to capture the SEC Tournament title, which was their only hope of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
Kevin Calabro and Will Perdue called the action on Westwood One Sports.
(Duren with the “and-one” as Explorers grab 25-20 lead)
(Henderson buries a three as Ole Miss goes on top, 59-55)
(Holloway brings down the alley-oop jam as Rebels are rolling)
(Wright’s putback completes a five-point trip for Explorers to tie game)
(LaSalle briefly grabs lead before Buckner puts Rebels back on top, 73-72)
(Game tied at 74, as La Salle’s Garland looks for last-second heroics)
(Postgame interview with La Salle’s Ramon Galloway)
(Kansas City wrap-up with Kevin Calabro and Will Perdue)
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