La Salle 79, Lafayette 53

Tyreek Duren had 17 points to lead four double-figure scorers

for La Salle in an easy 79-53 win over Lafayette in the season

opener for both teams on Friday night.

Earl Pettis scored 16 points, Taylor Dunn had 12 and Sam Mills

added 10 for the Explorers. Devon White’s nine rebounds and Jerrell

Wright’s three blocks also led the Explorers.

Duren also chipped in six assists and four steals.

The Explorers shot 49.2 percent (30 of 61) from the floor and

held the Leopards to just a 36 percent (18 of 50) mark. They also

outrebounded Lafayette 44-27 in the game.

From 3-point range, La Salle was 9-for-16 compared to a 3-for-10

performance by Lafayette.

La Salle built a 23-point halftime advantage and outscored

Lafayette 36-33 in the second half to seal it.

Jim Mower scored 12 points and Dan Trist added 10 for the