Mar 20, 2013; Dayton, OH, USA; Boise State Broncos guard/forward Anthony Drmic (3) drives against the La Salle Explorers guard Ramon Galloway (55) in the first half during the first round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at University of Dayton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Atlantic 10 Basketball: La Salle Explorers Outlast Boise State in Opening Round of NCAA Tournament

The La Salle Explorers used a lethal combination of hot shooting and lightning speed to defeat the Boise State Broncos in the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio earlier tonight. The 13th-seeded Explorers led by as many as 14 in both halves as they came away with the 80-71 victory. La Salle advances past the “play-in” level and to the round of 64, where they get set to face off against the Kansas State Wildcats in the West region.

The Explorers came out hot, using a 12-1 first-half run to open up a 25-12 lead with 9:13 to play. From there, they never really looked back, using some lights-out shooting to keep the Broncos at bay. How on-point was La Salle? Try 63.3 percent from the field and 52.4 percent from three. They could not miss, and it spelled an early exit for the 13-seeded Boise State. Tyrone Garland led the Explorers, coming off the bench to shoot 9-11 from the field en route to a team-high 22 points. First team All-A10 star Ramon Galloway added 21 points and four assists, while Sam Mills chipped in 15 by shooting 5-6 from three. The Atlantic 10 is now 1-0 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

It’s a quick turn-around for La Salle, as they’ll be underdogs when they play against the #4 seed Kansas State on Friday afternoon. And the game is in Kansas City, so the Wildcats also figure to have a home-court advantage. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. EST.

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