The La Salle Explorers used a lethal combination of hot shooting and lighting 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.