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College Basketball: La Salle Beats St. Joe’s, 76-72

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Aaric Murray scored 19 points, grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds, and had five blocked shots as La Salle held off Saint Joe’s, 76-72, on Thursday night.

The Explorers (10-11, 2-4 Atlantic 10 Conference) won their second straight, while the Hawks (5-15, 0-6) have lost six in a row.

La Salle took its first lead at 16-14 with 8:06 left in the first half on a Jerrell Williams layup and never trailed again in a game postponed from Wednesday because of snow (see previous stories).

With the Explorers ahead by 18 with 16:35 left, the Hawks used a 15-2 run to get to 50-45 with 12:49 left.

La Salle rebuilt a 12-point lead, then Ronald Roberts hit four straight baskets for 59-53 with 7:31 to go.

The Hawks got within five three times in the last 36 seconds, but could get no closer until a CJ Aiken three-pointer with one second left for the final margin.

Carl Jones led Saint Joseph’s with 24 points.

(Copyright 2011 by the Associated Press.  All rights reserved.)

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