With La Salle set to take on Boise State this evening at the NCAA Tournament is Dayton, Ohio, the Explorers will look to add to what is already a historic date for them.
On March 20, 1863, La Salle College became La Salle University, meaning this is the 150th anniversary of their charter.
Also, 59 years ago today, La Salle won their first and only NCAA National Basketball Championship with a 92-76 win over Bradley in Kansas City.
Here is a closer look at the modern day Explorers and what the Broncos are dealing with today on the court.
La Salle Starting Five
20 - D.J. Peterson, Guard, Sophomore
2012-13: 4.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.5 APG
Peterson has done a remarkable job of taking care of the ball this year. He has turned it over just 13 times in 770 minutes played. To break that down even further, he averages a turnover every 59.2 minutes of game action and he sports an impressive 3.5:1 assist/turnover ratio.
3 - Tyreek Duren, Guard, Junior
2012-13: 15.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.3 APG
Duren has been playing extremely well of late. Over his last 10 games, the junior is averaging 16.8 points per game (tied with Galloway for most) and shooting 57.9%, including 48.8% from three. He his play could dictate the outcome of this game.
In wins: 16.6 PPG, 50.0 FG%
In losses: 10.9 PPG, 36.3 FG%
BSU head coach Leon Rice on Duren: “He’s a terrific, terrific on-ball defender. He can create a lot of problems for you if you’re lazy with the ball, if you’re not handling it. If you get sloppy for a second, he’ll make you pay. He can really score … I think it starts with his defense on the ball.”
10 - Sam Mills, Guard, Junior
2012-13: 7.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.3 APG
While Mills’ offensive game has improved of late (made 19 of his last 38 three-point attempts), his impact will be felt on the defensive end of the court. He is La Salle’s top defensive player.
55 - Ramon Galloway, Guard, Senior
2012-13: 17.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 2.0 SPG
Galloway is their go-to-guy. The senior averaged 17.0 points a game this season, second most in the Atlantic 10. He also ranked 9th in the conference in assists. In the Explorers 21 wins, Galloway is shooting 44.4% from three and 47.7% overall. In their 9 losses though, those figures drop to 31.3% and 29.9% respectively.
BSU guard Jeff Elorriaga on Galloway: “Offensively, they’ve got a lot guys that can get in there and score. Galloway seems like a heck of a player. We’re going to have our hands full with them. They seem like a great team to play.
25 - Jerrell Wright, Forward, Sophomore
2012-13: 10.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.0 BPG
Wright is the lone big man that sees significant minutes for the Explorers. After an offseason in the weight room, Wright’s physicality will be a concern for the Broncos down low. Also, the sophomore has been outstanding as of late. In the last five games, Wright is averaging 12.8 points and 10.0 rebounds.
La Salle Bench
21 - Tyrone Garland, Guard, Junior
2012-13: 12.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.0 APG
The Explorers do not have a ton of depth, but Garland is a sixth man that packs a ton of punch off the bench. The Virginia Tech transfer is third on the team in scoring and isn’t afraid to pull the trigger (251 shot attempts in 547 minutes).
LaSalle head coach John Giannini on Garland: “Tyrone’s a born scorer. If you see Tyrone score a lot of points, it’s not because he was good offensively. It’s because he was good on defense and ball handling to stay in the game. His offense is a lock.”
0 - Steve Zack, Center, Sophomore
2012-13: 6.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.3 BPG
Zack provides some size off the bench for the Explorers. Missed the last game La Salle played with a sprained left foot.
UPDATE: Zack is still on crutches and will miss tonight’s game against Boise State.
— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)