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NCAA Game Summary - La Salle vs. Wichita State



(Thursday, March 28th)

Final Score: Wichita State 72, La Salle 58

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Malcolm Armstead scored 18 points, and Wichita State dominated inside the paint to beat La Salle, 72-58, in the West Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

The ninth-seeded Shockers (29-8), who advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1981, will take on No. 2 seed Ohio State Saturday. The Buckeyes edged Arizona, 73-70, in the first game at Staples Center Thursday.

The only trip to the Final Four for Wichita State came in 1965 when the Shockers lost to eventual champion UCLA.

Carl Hall tallied 16 points and eight rebounds, and Ron Baker scored 13 for the Shockers, who held a 47-29 rebounding advantage.

"We need one more win to seal this deal and go back home and get ready for the Final Four," Baker said. "I'm really excited for Saturday. We'll work tomorrow and Saturday morning to prepare for Ohio State. It's going to be a grind, and we'll take it day by day."

Jerrell Wright and Tyrone Garland each had 16 points for the 13th-seeded Explorers (24-10), who won three games in this tournament to make it to the Sweet 16. That included a 76-74 win over Ole Miss on Sunday.

Ramon Galloway had 11 points and eight rebounds, but was just 4-of-15 from the field.

"I think everyone on our team has a great feeling about this year," La Salle coach Dr. John Giannini said. "The season's over, but the way we help each other is not over."

The Explorers, who never led, were hampered by horrible first-half shooting. They were 8-of-30 from the field, compared to 16-of-30 for the Shockers. La Salle was behind 17-3 nearly seven minutes into the game.

"I just feel like I missed open shots," Galloway said. "I missed an air ball, a floater. I just like offensively I was just missing shots early. Wichita State is a great team. They work hard and they play real physical. But I think they were playing really good, hard defense, and I just missed shots."

Hall had 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting at the break, and the Explorers never got within single digits in the second half.

"I think we were a little fresher. We beat them down the floor early. We got some good stops and had a commanding lead early and were able to play with that cushion throughout," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said.

The Shockers, who upended No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the third round, got a big boost from Hall early. He scored 10 of Wichita State's first 14 points. His layup increased the margin to 14-2 only 4:11 into the game.

Fred Vanvleet's 3-pointer moved the difference to 17-3, and although the Explorers got within eight several times later in the half, the Shockers were just too strong inside and pulled away before the break.

Tekele Cotton's jumper extended the lead to 36-21 and capped a 7-0 push. It was 38-22 at halftime.

Armstead and Baker hit consecutive 3-pointers to start the second half, and it was an uphill battle from there for La Salle.

Tyreek Duren's 3-point play trimmed the deficit to 49-38 with 12:43 left, but Vanvleet countered with a layup.

La Salle cut it to 11 only one more time.

Game Notes

Galloway was 2-of-9 from the field in the first half ... The Explorers shot 35.7 percent for the game ... Wichita State held a 40-26 scoring advantage in the paint and 9-0 cushion in fast-break points.

03/29 01:33:53 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
Final
BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
Final
ORL 88
PHI 96
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
Final
MIN 96
IND 100
Final
OKC 99
NOP 101
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
Final
ALA 60
APP 59
Final
KSU 53
NDST 52
 
Final
WASU 82
SJST 53
2nd
UTEP 59
ALCOR 27
 
Half
SEAT 30
SACST 17
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
Final
EDM 5
DAL 6
Final
BOS 4
BUF 3
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
Final
CHI 4
TOR 0
2nd Intermission
WIN 3
PHI 1
 
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
3rd
ARI 3
SEA 14