La Salle continues to struggle while on the road with a 1-9 record. The Explorers headed to Washington D.C. to take on George Washington.
Saul Phiri got things started for the Explorers in the first half. The 6’4” sophomore had three triples to give La Salle an 11-8 lead by the 13:47 mark.
At the midway point of the half, redshirt senior B.J. Johnson came up with a three to make it an 18-16 game. The Colonials were not backing down and put 13 points on the board.
Yuta Watanabe was a big contributor for George Washington’s 11-point lead with a pair of three-pointers of his own.
As the first half started to wind down Pookie Powell made it interesting and had five straight points to get his team back into the game. La Salle now only trailed by six.
George Washington owned the court in the second half and put up 23 points which was their biggest lead of the night.
The Explorers continued to fight back, but were unable to get the job done and ultiamtely fell to the Colonials 80-69.
George Washington was tough that night and limited the Explorers to a .387 shooting percentage and forced them into 17 miscues.
Even though it was a rough game for the Explorers, Miles Brookins had a strong night and scored 11 points while B.J Johnson contributed 14 points.
Pookie Powell and Saul Phiri both had an impressive game and each put up 16 points.
La Salle was looking to bounce back against Saint Louis, but could not get the job done late in the game.
It was a struggle for both teams offensively in the first half as they both were shooting below 35 percent. La Salle in particular was shooting 27.6 percent and had seven turnovers, but B.J. Johnson was able to get things started for La Salle by after putting up 10 points of his own.
At the end of the first half, it was a 26-26 game and both teams came out stronger offensively in the second half.
Saint Louis took a six-point lead, but it was not long until Isiah Deas had a 5-0 run which helped La Salle take a 43-40 lead.
The Billikens bounced back and reclaimed the lead after a 12-0 run.
The Explorers made things interesting with over three minutes left in the game by going on an 11-2 run, but it would not be enough to beat Saint Louis.
The Billikens took the game with a final score of 70-62.
After two straight losses on the road the Explorers headed back home to take on St. Bonaventure.
La Salle was looking to pick up a win to cut their two game losing streak, but they fell short and extended their losing streak to three straight games.
La Salle took control early on in the first half with Isiah Deas cross-court pass to Saul Phiri which led to a corner three-pointer for Phiri.
Shortly after that Pookie Powell came up with three-pointer which gave La Salle an early lead.
St. Bonaventure eventually got things going offensively and went on an 8-0 run which gave them the lead.
Powell was able to end the Bonnies run with 7:53 left on the clock and tie the game up.
Towards the end of the first half, the Bonnies started to heat up, and with 1:09 left on the clock they were leading by 11 points.
As the clock was winding down, St. Bonaventure continued to put pressure on the Explorers and took a 42-32 lead to end the first half.
The second half came around and La Salle was not backing down.
Saul Phiri came up with another three-pointer which was his fourth of the game.
Amar Stukes had back-to-back layups and La Salle was only down by five.
Unfortunately, St. Bonaventure scored another 13 points, but the Explorers were still holding on. They went on a 10-0 run and, with 9:24 left in the half, La Salle was only down by three.
The game went back and fourth, but the Explorers fell to St. Bonaventure 79-68.
The Explorers are now 10-16 on the season and will take on George Mason on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Tom Gola Arena.
Cali Arenson, Staff