The La Salle Explorers entered the NCAA Tournament as the lowest seed of the five Atlantic 10 teams selected. And yet, they’re the only squad still alive heading into the Sweet 16. It’s been that kind of tournament so far. The 13-seeded Explorers defeated the Ole Miss Rebels last night, and will now advance in the West Region to take on the Wichita State Shockers coming up on Thursday evening.
Like any good March Madness game, last night’s contest was not without drama. La Salle and Ole Miss traded baskets for most of the evening, with the Rebels holding a 74-72 lead with 1:58 remaining. After a pair of Tyrek Duren free throws tied things up, the Explorers got some key defensive stops in the final two minutes to set up their heart-stopping win. With three seconds left in the game, Tyrone Garland drove the lane and sunk a layup over the outstretched fingertips of Rebels big man Reginald Buckner. A desperation heave at the buzzer was no good as La Salle pulled out the 76-74 win.
Ramon Galloway led the way for the Explorers with 24 points, including six made threes. Duren chipped in with 19 points of his own, and Garland added 17. Outspoken guard Marshall Henderson led Ole Miss with 21 points, but shot just 4-15 from deep.
La Salle will now head to Los Angeles to take on #9 seed Wichita State on Thursday night, with tip-off set for 10:17 p.m. ET. How deep can the Explorers go? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!