College hoops tip-off marathon: Quinnipiac at La Salle live blog

It's the second straight surprise Sweet 16 Cinderella during the early morning portion of the tip-off marathon. La Salle is expected by many to be even better this season than they were a year ago, which is why this game has the largest spread of any in the marathon.

Let's see what you got, Philly.

9:15 - As a viewing accent, here's one of my favorite things that we did last March:


Neither team having trouble scoring right now, but it's La Salle with the 16-10 lead.

9:18 - Steve Zack (that's a full name) and Tyreek Duren are the only Explorers who have put the ball in the bucket. They've got eight points each.

9:23 - Hey, today is 11/12/13. Follow www.Facebook.com for more updates throughout the day.

9:34 - Quinnipiac has suddenly lost the ability to score and as a result has fallen behind, 25-18. The Bobcats have gone six minutes without a point. Duren leads all scorers with 10. Crowd seems ready for something cool to happen.

9:47 - The Bobcats have answered the bell a little bit and are within five. Under two minutes to play in the first half and La Salle has just one turnover.

9:52 - Quinnipiac briefly ties it up before La Salle answers with the last four points of the half. The Explorers lead, 35-31. Fingers crossed for a fresh halftime show now that people are actually awake.

9:56 - Same halftime show.

9:58 - It's quarter 'til coffee. I was trying to do something other than the played out "it's (insert word) thirty," and I think it went really well.

10:08 - Meanwhile, in Chicago.

10:19 - Five minutes into the second half and La Salle still has just a single turnover. They lead it, 44-37.

10:24 - Necessary:

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Not the whole thing, but some of it. Some of it is necessary.

10:39 - Meanwhile, we may have the most competitive game of the marathon so far developing. Quinnipiac refuses to go away, and it's La Salle with just a 55-54 lead.

10:49 - This is one of those weird games where it's close the entire way, but you never doubt that one team is going to win. La Salle leads just 61-57 with three minutes left, but I will pay you all three cents each if they lose this one.

11:05 - A very shaky last minute (and entire game, really) for La Salle, but the Explorers walk away with a 73-67 win.

Here's your box score:

Quinnipiac Bobcats
STARTERS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Ike Azotam, F 7-14 0-0 3-7 3 3 6 0 0 2 1 5 17
Ousmane Drame, F 1-4 0-0 2-2 2 1 3 0 0 1 3 4 4
Shaq Shannon, G 2-7 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5
Zaid Hearst, G 2-6 1-1 3-6 0 11 11 1 0 1 0 4 8
Umar Shannon, G 5-13 2-6 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 0 2 0 12
BENCH FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
AJ Sumbry, F 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 1 0 4 0
Evan Conti, G 1-3 0-1 0-0 3 5 8 1 0 0 1 2 2
Kasim Chandler, G 5-13 0-2 9-10 0 3 3 4 2 0 2 1 19
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
23-61 4-13 17-25 13 31 44 8 3 5 10 23 67
37.7% 30.8% 68.0%
La Salle Explorers
STARTERS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Jerrell Wright, F 4-17 0-0 3-7 3 9 12 2 1 2 2 1 11
Steve Zack, C 7-11 0-0 1-4 2 6 8 0 1 1 1 4 15
Tyreek Duren, G 5-17 0-1 7-8 1 4 5 6 2 0 0 3 17
Sam Mills, G 1-3 1-1 3-4 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 3 6
D.J. Peterson, G 2-3 1-1 0-0 2 2 4 3 0 0 1 3 5
BENCH FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Taylor Dunn, G 1-1 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 3
Tyrone Garland, G 4-11 0-2 4-4 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 1 12
Rohan Brown, G 1-3 0-1 2-2 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 4
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
25-66 3-7 20-29 14 29 43 13 6 3 4 17 73
37.9% 42.9% 69.0%


ITEMS CONSUMED:
One cup of coffee, two pieces of caramel coffee cake

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