La Salle’s men’s basketball falls in overtime to #16 Rhode Island

The Explorers were finally able to snap their three game losing streak with a win against George Mason.

La Salle struggled in the first half and George Mason made sure take advantage. By the 11:53 mark, the Patriots had a 20-8 lead and continued to put pressure on the Explorers.

In the first half, George Mason was shooting 62.1 percent and by the time half time came around,  the Patriots led the Explorers 45-32.

After a tough first half, La Salle was ready to get back into the game. George Mason lost momentum in the second half and were 1-11 from the floor.

The Explorers went on a 14-3 run to help them get back into the game.

With 8:58 left on the clock B.J. Johnson found Powell which led to a layup to give La Salle a 53-52 lead.

The Patriots stayed in the game and took the lead on a three-pointer, but it wouldn’t last.

Saul Phiri came through with a back jumper and Tony Washington had a layup to put La Salle back on top.

The Explorers were able to control George Mason for the rest of the game and won by score of 69-62.

Washington had an impressive night on the court. The senior had 20 points and 14 rebounds which were both a career high.

B.J. Johnson also had a strong outing and recorded 18 points.

La Salle was looking to pick up another win against the nationally-ranked Rhode Island but fell short in overtime.

The Explorers were dominating the court in the first three minutes of the half by going on a 9-2 run.

By the 7:12 mark,  La Salle was up 30-18. Eventually, Rhode Island got things going and went on a 12-0 run to tie up the game.

The rest of the half went back and fourth and a basket by the Rams gave them a 39-37 lead to end the half.

Within ten seconds of the second half, the Explorers tied up the game due to a double-double by Johnson. Miles Brookins then came through with a three-pointer which helped La Salle claim a 44-43 lead.

The Rams took the lead again, but freshman Mile Brookins continued to shine and kept the Explorers in the game. Brookins scored nine of the first 15 points and with 13:06 left on the clock, La Salle was trailing 55-52.

Phiri then came through with a shot from behind the arc and now the Explorers were only down by two.

As the Rams increased their lead, La Salle kept fighting back and eventually tied the game at 81, which resulted in overtime.

Rhode Island got things started and took the lead, but La Salle got right back in there with a layup by Johnson and two free throws by Stukes.

La Salle would get within one, but Rhode Island was able to hold of La Salle and won 95-93.

Johnson had a phenomenal night scoring 29 points and 23 rebounds, which was a career high for the senior.

With 23 rebounds on the night, Johnson is now tied for the fourth-most rebounds in a single game in NCAA this season.

La Salle will hit the road and head to New York to take on Fordham on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Explorers will look to improve their 1-9 record while away.

Cali Arenson, Staff