Philadelphia PA: It’s always exciting when the Big 5 gets together, and that is what we had on Monday Night from “The Cathedral of College Basketball” The Palestra on the campus of University of Pennsylvania as the LaSalle Explorers took on Penn Quakers.
LaSalle won the tip-off to start the game and opened with a 3-pointer by Saul Phiri. The Quakers would get on the board on a basket by Antonio woods, Penn forward Ryan Betley would hit a 3-pointer to tie game at 13 with 11:05 left in the first half.
The Quakers would go on a 4-minute scoring drought, which would see the explorers increase the lead to 21-13. The Explorers would get the lead up to 8 at 28-20 with 3:36 left in the first half. LaSalle would have everything in control and making it hard for Penn to keep the game close. Penn would go on 5-0 run to close out the first half as LaSalle leads 30-26.
Both teams got off to a slow start at the beginning of the second half. If you like The Quakers would keep showing a lot of fight after struggling in the first half. Penn would take the lead on 3-pointer by Ryan Betley for a 41-40 lead with 12:06 left in 2nd half. During one of the media timeouts, a Penn Student managed to hit a half-court shot and win $5,000. LaSalle would come back and they would tie game at 50 on a put back shot by BJ Johnson with 1:20 left. Penn would have a golden chance to win at the buzzer but it rimed out as the game headed into to OT.
LaSalle would open the scoring in OT, with Penn quickly following back. Both teams would trade baskets and play good defense throughout halftime; LaSalle had chance to win at the buzzer in OT but it did not drop and went to a Double OT.
LaSalle’s BJ Johnson & Tony Washington would each foul out in Double OT as LaSalle would increase the lead, but Penn would rally back and make the game close as LaSalle would hold on for a 75-71 win. LaSalle goes to 2-0 on the season while Penn falls to 0-2.
Max Rothschild & Ryan Betley each finished with 14 points
AJ Brodeur had 12 points
Antonio Woods & Darnell Foreman each had 11 points
BJ Johnson had 20 points to lead LaSalle
Pookie Powell had 17 points
Amar Stukes & Saul Phiri had 12 points