Scores

Final

James Madison 71

(2-2, 0-1 away)

La Salle 79

(1-4, 1-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 3, 2003

    Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    1 2 T
    JMU 33 3871
    LAS 42 3779

    La Salle 79, James Madison 71

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Steve Smith scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as La Salle snapped its winless streak with a 79-71 victory over James Madison on Wednesday.

    Gary Neal added 19 points for La Salle (1-4), while Dwayne Broyles had 20 points and Daniel Freeman had 15 for James Madison (2-2).

    La Salle scored the first 14 points of the game and led by as many as 17 points in the first half before the Dukes closed to 42-33 at halftime.

    The Explorers took a 61-56 lead on a 3-pointer by Neal with 9:56 to play, but James Madison ran off nine straight points and took its biggest lead, 65-61, on a three-point shot by Broyles at the 5:22 mark.

    La Salle then scored 10 straight points, and a three-point play by Smith with 3:41 to play gave the Explorers gave a 71-65 advantage.

    A jumper by Chris Williams cut the lead to 71-69, but Smith's trey with 1:37 to go gave the Explorers 74-69 lead.

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