BOSTON - It didn't matter that Tyreek Duren didn't score a point in the first half of Saturday night's game. The Atlantic 10 leading scorer's 12 second-half points were capped by the most important basket of the night, a game-winning runner with 1.4 seconds remaining to give La Salle a 66-64 victory over Northeastern.
Northeastern (4-5) managed to get a highly contested (with some contact) shot up at the buzzer, but didn't convert.
It was senior Ramon Galloway who took the reins for the Explorers (6-1), netting 24 points - 19 in the first half - on 9-for-18 shooting. La Salle improves to 6-1 on the season, with an impressive 3-0 road record heading into finals week.
Duren said after the game that he just came out more aggressive on offense in the second half because Galloway had the hot hand in the first, and he wanted to keep feeding him the ball.
"I didn't want him to stop shooting," Duren said of Galloway. "He was shooting from five, six steps behind the three, but he was making them. I think with this team, you feed the hot hand. Anybody on our team can get hot at any given moment."
La Salle held a slim lead at the half, 36-34, after battling back from a seven-point deficit.
"With games like that, everyone remembers the last play. But every play counts the same," La Salle head coach John Giannini said. "You could look at any play in that game as being the pivotal play, because they all count the same."