3:15 PM ET, March 22, 2013
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- John Giannini kept calling timeouts as La Salle's big lead kept slipping away, an 18-point halftime advantage wiped out by fourth-seeded Kansas State's frantic comeback.The coach's message every time was simple: Keep playing defense.The Explorers finally answered his challenge.Jerrell Wright made three foul shots in the final 30 seconds, and the No. 13 seed from the Atlantic 10 buckled down on defense in the closing minutes, allowing the Explorers to polish off a 63-61 upset win Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 22: Jordan Henriquez #21 of the Kansas State Wildcats looks to pass against Jerrell Wright...(Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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MVP: Jerrell Wright was a star for the Explorers, who won their second NCAA tournament game. He was 6-for-6 from the field. He finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
X factor: Kansas State applied the pressure in the second half. A La Salle squad that scored 44 points in the first half registered just 19 points after halftime.
That was exciting: It's been a so-so day thus far. But the finish to this game really felt like genuine March Madness. Great stuff.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-49 (.429)||24-57 (.421)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-18 (.389)||4-13 (.308)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-16 (.875)||9-17 (.529)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|
|» Mar 22, 2013||LAS 63, @KSU 61||Recap|
La Salle has won 2 games in this tournament, which is as many games as it won in the previous 57 combined years of the Men's Basketball Championship.[+]
La Salle in Men's Basketball Championship
Roman Galloway scored 15 points and had three assists to help La Salle build an 18-point halftime lead. In the second half, Galloway missed all four of his shots and had five turnovers.
La Salle shot 58.1 percent from the floor and 54.5 percent from the three-point line in the first half to build a 44-26 lead against Kansas State. In the second half, the Explorers scored 19 points and shot less than 20 percent from the field, including 2-of-9 in the paint.[+]
La Salle Offense
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