Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

First Four: Explorers from la Salle among the Victors

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

First Four: Explorers from la Salle among the Victors

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DAYTON, Ohio --

Whatever 23 years weighs, it is a load best shared.

The last time La Salle won a game in the NCAA tournament, Lionel Simmons wore one of those blue-and-gold uniforms on his lean, athletic frame. On Wednesday night, the bespectacled, 44-year-old Simmons sat in the stands -- the embodiment of all the years that had passed since La Salle's last great era.

If those years added a gray hair or two to Simmons' beard, they represented an undeserved burden for the current Explorers. They might have been babies, or not yet born, when the L Train rolled through, but the blue-and-gold unis on their backs weigh exactly 23 years.

Or did. Until this: La Salle 80, Boise State 71.

"To be honest," point guard Tyreek Duren said, "people have been telling us how long it's been for a while. I didn't really want to focus on it. We wanted to take it one game at a time. We didn't really want to look back at the history."

But it was there. It was there last week, when the Explorers lost two important games against tough Atlantic Ten Conference opponents. In both losses, senior Ramon Galloway struggled visibly. His last chance to make the NCAA tournament, to end that 23-year drought, appeared heavy on his mind.

"You don't have to do it alone," John Giannini, his coach, told Galloway. …

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