Jordan Price is going to have those nights when he's not going to feel it the way he did Monday against Lafayette. And on those nights, the natural scorer's game is going to be more diversified.
Monday, though, was a night for offense.
Scoring at will, the 6-foot-5 redshirt junior notched his season high for a third straight game, scoring 33 points to lead La Salle (3-0) to a 83-75 nonconference win over Lafayette at Tom Gola Arena.
The outing was one point shy of the career-high 34 he scored last season in a double-overtime victory at Virginia Commonwealth.
However, Price left Monday's game for good with the Explorers leading, 76-60, with 4 minutes, 46 seconds left. Price, who made all but one of his first 10 shots, finished the game 11 for 14 from the floor. He was 6 for 8 from long range.
"In practice, we just work on finding each other," Price said. "I have to give credit to my teammates. They found me when I was open. I was happy to make the shots so then I could give them assists."
La Salle's Tony Washington, making his debut, finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. Washington missed the first two games with a concussion he suffered during the preseason. He also blocked a pair of shots.
Cleon Roberts finished with 10 points and Rohan Brown added six points and 11 rebounds for La Salle. The Explorers outrebounded Lafayette, 45-23.
Lafayette (1-3) was led by sophomore forward Matt Klinewski with 23 points.
The Explorers never trailed. They led by as many as 18 points late in the first half and also in the second. The Leopards trailed by 46-41 early in the second half but never got closer than that.
Next up for La Salle is a Big Five game at Penn on Wednesday. It will mark the first road game of the season for the Explorers.
La Salle coach John Giannini mostly likes what he has seen from his team so far.
"We had some guys play not so great and other guys played great," Giannini said. "I think there is a lot of room for improvement, both individually and collectively. When you beat a good team and you're up double digits most of the way and you think you can still improve, you have to feel pretty good about the state of things."