Who: La Salle Explorers
When: November 19th, 9:30 p.m.
Where: Carolina First Arena – Charleston Classic
- The Explorers compete in the Atlantic 10 conference and finished last season with an overall record of 18-13 and 9-7 in conference action. La Salle lost their opening game of the A-10 tournament to St. Louis 62-60.
- La Salle returns all five starters from last year’s squad. The team includes four seniors who could reach 1,000 points in their careers by the end of the season.
- Returning point guard Rodney Green was the team’s leading scorer last year, averaging 17.8 points per game.
- The Explorers are one of the deeper teams in the A-10 as they had 10 players that played more than ten minutes a game last season.
- La Salle University is a private, Roman Catholic college located in Philadelphia. Named after St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, the school was founded in 1863 and has an undergraduate population of just under 5,000 students.
- Why the Explorers? A Philadelphia sportswriter thought the school was named after French explorer Sieur de la Salle instead of the aforementioned St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle. Easy mistake, right? However, the name stuck and has remained since.
- La Salle’s basketball program won the Division I Men’s Basketball championship in 1954 and has had three players named National Player of the Year (Tom Gola, Lionel Simmons, Michael Brooks).