Andrew Albert (@andrewjalbert01)
The La Salle Explorers got all they could handle from the Carleton Ravens, but held on for a 61-58 exhibition win on Friday night.
Ramon Galloway led the Explorers with 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting. He also added five rebounds and three assists on the night. The senior went 4-of-7 from 3-point range in his 38 minutes of action.
La Salle held the lead from the start until with 18 minutes left in the game, Tyson Hinz competed an old-fashioned 3-point play that gave Carleton a 34-32 lead. From there, Carleton went on a 17-3 run that spanned just over four minutes to give the Ravens a 53-44 lead with ten minutes remaining.
“I think we were exhausted,” Dr. John Giannini said. “When they went on that run to make it a nine or ten point lead, we were exhausted. Jerrell (Wright) didn’t rebound well early on because he was exhausted. Our defense slacked off because we were exhausted, and we were playing a team that played a game last night. We were exhausted, and I think that was our biggest problem.”
La Salle then went on their own 15-3 run take the lead, getting five straight points by Galloway including a floater in the lane that put the Explorers up 59-56 with 2:14 remaining.
La Salle struggled on the boards in this game, getting out-rebounded by Carleton for most of the game. Midway through the first half, Carleton held a 25-15 advantage on the boards before La Salle closed the gap. The final rebounding total was 34-31 in favor of the Ravens.
“We were down, and we came back wonderfully, so we showed a lot of heart,” Giannini said.
(See also: Check out staff photographer Anson Marsh’s photo gallery of the game here)
La Salle shot 43.6 percent (24-for-55) from the floor for the game, while Carleton managed 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from the floor. Both La Salle and Carleton shot 33.3 percent from three point range.
With La Salle up 59-58, Galloway hit a hanging jumper off the glass as the shot clock expired to give the Explorers a three point advantage with just 11 seconds remaining on the clock. He then blocked the final Carleton shot of the game to seal the 61-58 victory for the Explorers.
“I passed it into Zack because he had hit the last two shots,” Galloway said. “I was gonna let him do his jump hook, but he passed it back to me, and was yelling out the time, I knew I had to shoot the ball. I just took my time and really concentrated more on that shot than any other shot.”
Wright contributed 12 points on just eight shots. He managed only two rebounds as he was forced out of the game with a leg injury midway through the second half. Giannini said that Wright will be okay in a couple days, citing bad cramps as the injury.
With Wright out down the stretch, La Salle had to turn to both Zack and redshirt freshman Rohan Brown. Brown played 27 minutes and added five rebounds in solid minutes for the Explorers.
“In terms of guys stepping into new situations, Rohan Brown is wonderful,” Giannini said. “He doesn’t turn it over, he plays defense and he rebounds like a feind. He does things that help your team win, and all he has done is listen and work hard. I can’t give him enough praise.”
Tyson Hinz led Carleton with a double double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 83% from the floor (10-12), and also added 3 assists. The senior played all 40 minutes for Carleton in the exhibition.
“He is more of an inside outside guy, so you have to be on your toes at all times,” said sophomore forward Steve Zack of Hinz. “Our focus was on him and number 23 (Phillip Scrubb), because he had a big night last night, so it was kind of a challenge to stop. Everyone that guarded him battled, but he is just a great player.”
Scrubb, who scored 32 points last night against Villanova, managed just 12 against the Explorers on 4-14 shooting. Despite playing all 40 minutes for the Ravens, Scrubb only contributed one rebound and four assists, due to a solid defensive effort by the Explorers.
“Phillip Scrubb is a big time player,” Giannini said. “He could play in any conference in America, and Ramon was a big part of holding him to 12 points.”
La Salle opens their season on November 10 at home against Delaware.
(Related: For more on the game, read Josh Verlin’s sidebar on DJ Peterson)