PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Steven Smith scored 26 points, grabbed 16
rebounds and moved into seventh place on La Salle's all-time
scoring list with 1,951 points as he led the Explorers to a 62-52
victory over Saint Louis on Saturday.
With the win, the Explorers were assured of a first-round bye in
the Atlantic 10 playoffs, which begin Wednesday in Cincinnati.
The Explorers never trailed and led 40-30 with eight minutes
left to play. After Saint Louis scored five straight points, Smith
had a 3-point shot, sparking a 7-1 run.
When a trey by Danny Brown cut the lead to 47-39, Smith hit
another jumper at 2:24, securing the win.
La Salle now leads in the series 4-3, but the meeting was the
first for the teams since 1963.