CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bryant Dunston led a balanced Fordham offense
with 19 points and the Rams completed a day of upsets in the
Atlantic 10 tournament with a 64-62 quarterfinal win over La Salle
on Thursday night.
Sebastian Greene was the only other Rams player in double
figures with 11 points, but four others scored eight or nine as the
field's sixth seed eliminated the third-seeded Explorers. Fordham
earned a berth in Friday's semifinals against Xavier, the No. 10
All four of the tournament's top seeds, including No. 6 George
Washington, lost Thursday after receiving first-round byes.
Fordham (16-15) extended its winning streak to four games,
matching its season-high. The streak includes an 83-74 home win
over La Salle on March 1.
Fordham, which led the conference in 3-point shooting during the
regular season, made its first three 3s and four of its first eight
while opening 16-point leads twice in the first half. La Salle
missed its first seven 3-point attempts before making its last
three of the half to cut the Rams' lead to 38-26 at halftime.
Dunston scored six unanswered points to open the second half,
giving the Rams a 44-26 lead.
La Salle cut the lead to one twice in the final 1:11, but
Dunston made two free throws and Marcus Stout added one in the
final 32.6 seconds to hold off the Explorers.