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PHILADELPHIA – La Salle men's basketball took home its  fifth straight victory Saturday afternoon, knocking off  Big 5 rival Temple, 74-68, at The Palestra. The win pushed the Explorers record to 2-1 in the Big 5, keeping their hopes for a share of the Big 5 title alive.<br />
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Senior guard Tyreek Duren paced the Explorers with 20 points (6-of-12 FG; 3-of-5 3-PT; 5-of-5 FT) and dished a game-high seven assists. He knocked down a pair of free throws with 15.8 seconds remaining to stretch the Explorer lead to four, en route to the six-point victory.<br />
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"I know for me this an especially great win," Duren said postgame. "I think the way we pulled that game out really means a lot to us as a team and to the La Salle community as a whole."<br />
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Senior Tyrone Garland put the finishing touches on the victory, knocking down a pair of free-throws with 8.1 seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Blue and Gold (11-6). Garland finished 17 points, also dishing two assists.<br />
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Today's matchup had been circled on the calendar for months. All Big 5 games hold special meaning in this tradition rich basketball city. However, with ESPN's College GameDay featuring the much-anticipated matchup, broadcasting the season premier of the celebrated pregame show from center court of the hallowed arena, this game had the feeling of so much more than your run of the mill January non-conference tilt.<br />
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Fans of both teams packed the gym nearly four hours before opening tip, to cheer on their respective squads. At times it got so loud that one could hardly discern whether a game was going on or not, as students waved signs behind the College GameDay set. They would only get louder once the game finally got underway.<br />
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"What a great atmosphere," head coach Dr. John Giannini said postgame. "It was an awesome experience, there is nothing else like it."<br />
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The Explorers made a concerted effort to grind the ball down low early and often against the depleted Owls.
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PHILADELPHIA – La Salle men's basketball took home its fifth straight victory Saturday afternoon, knocking off Big 5 rival Temple, 74-68, at The Palestra. The win pushed the Explorers record to 2-1 in the Big 5, keeping their hopes for a share of the Big 5 title alive.

Senior guard Tyreek Duren paced the Explorers with 20 points (6-of-12 FG; 3-of-5 3-PT; 5-of-5 FT) and dished a game-high seven assists. He knocked down a pair of free throws with 15.8 seconds remaining to...
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