By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Palestra should be rocking on Saturday afternoon as the La Salle Explorers and St. Joe’s Hawks battle.
Both teams are coming off nice wins last time out on Wednesday. The Explorers improved to 17-6 with a victory at St. Bonaventure in overtime, 69-66.
“We were nowhere near 100% against a good team in a hostile environment in a tight situation and came out with the win,” La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini tells KYW Newsradio. “So I just am thrilled with the toughness and mental characteristics that our team showed.”
St. Joe’s beat Richmond 61-55 to raise their record to 14-9. The Hawks used a press on defense in the second half to overcome a nine-point halftime deficit in that one.
“We had some success with it,” St. Joe’s head coach Phil Martelli said after the game. “We dabbled with this four or five days ago in practice for something different. We have to have something different.”