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.
Security detail....without concern for the detail part. pic.twitter.com/zgf4koaamZ— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) November 12, 2013
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:
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:
|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|
|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|
|La Salle Explorers|
|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|
|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|
ITEMS CONSUMED: One cup of coffee, two pieces of caramel coffee cake