Andrew Albert (@andrewjalbert01)
Coming off a career high of 29 points against Penn State, Tyreek Duren was having what some would call an “off night” Saturday against Northeastern. He was 3-for-9 with 10 points for the Explorers before he got the ball with the game tied. With the clock under ten seconds, he drove and hit a fallaway jumper to give the Explorers a 66-64 victory in Boston.
Duren’s jump shot fell through the net with just 1.2 seconds remaining, and Northeastern’s final shot attempt fell short, pushing La Salle to 6-1 on the season. His 12 points is tied for his season low, but the timing of the points carried more weight than the actual numbers.
Duren’s heroics overshadowed what was an impressive performance by Ramon Galloway. Galloway finished the game with 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including 4-for-9 from beyond the arc. The senior also added five rebounds, two assists and two steals to his stat line.
Northeastern (4-5) was led by Reggie Spencer, who netted 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Huskies. He was an efficient 8-for-11 from the field, and only had two turnovers on the night. He was one of four Huskies in double figures.
La Salle weathered the storm that was brought by Northeastern in the first half. The Huskies were 16-for-24 (66.7 percent) from the floor. The CAA member jumped out to a seven point lead with 7:55 remaining in the first half before the Explorers started to chip away at it.
Northeastern both out-rebounded, and had a better shooting percentage than La Salle on Saturday night. The Huskies were 55 percent from the field, while La Salle managed to make exactly half of their shots. Northeastern pulled down 27 rebounds to the Explorers 21 rebounds.
Jerrell Wright seemed to be back to form for La Salle, as he was 6-for-7 from the field for 13 points. He only had two rebounds in his 29 minutes of action. In his previous two games combined, he scored just eight points and collected a total of ten rebounds.
La Salle will return to action in exactly one week when they travel to Bucknell on December 15. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Lewisburg. Virginia Tech transfer Tyrone Garland will be eligible to play for the Explorers.