Fordham 62

(2-26, 3-13 A 10)

La Salle 74

(12-16, 6-10 A 10)

    7:00 PM ET, March 10, 2003

    Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    1 2 T
    FOR 24 3862
    LAS 33 4174

    La Salle gets past Fordham in A-10 tourney

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Gary Neal scored 21 points and Jermaine Thomas added 18 as La Salle advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic 10 tournament with a 74-62 victory over Fordham on Monday night.

    La Salle will now play local rival Saint Joseph's in Dayton, Ohio, on Thursday night.

    David Bell added 13 points for La Salle (12-16), which starts four freshmen. Michael Haynes had 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Rams, which ended their season at 2-26.

    The Explorers led by as many as 15 points in the first half, and by 40-32 with 14:17 left in the game. But Fordham rallied and closed to 44-41 at the 9:36 mark.

    Neal then hit a 3-pointer, sparking a 10-2 run at the 7:46 mark, and the lead reached 61-48 with 4:38 to play.

    Fordham took an early 9-8 lead on a 3-point shot by Jermaine Anderson, but never led again. Jeff Farmer hit two 3-pointers during an 11-2 La Salle run, and the Explorers built a 33-18 advantage before the Rams scored the final six points of the first half to trail 33-24 at the break.

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