La Salle 82, Quinnipiac 71

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Jermaine Thomas scored 23 points and handed out eight assists and Steven Smith scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, both season highs, as La Salle defeated Quinnipiac 82-71 on Monday.

The Explorers’ victory snapped the Bobcats’ 6-game winning streak.

Gary Neal and Lewis Fadipe each had 11 points for La Salle (5-4), which posted a 47-31 edge in rebounds. Rashaun Banjo had 21 points and Kason Mims 16 points for Quinnipiac (6-2) in the first game between the two teams.

Neither team had more than a 4-point lead in the second half until La Salle ran off nine straight points to take a 60-52 advantage with 6:37 to play. The Bobcats closed to 64-63 on a 3-point shot by Craig Benson with 4:37 left, but the Explorers then ran off 10 straight points, capped by two free throws by Thomas, boosting the lead to 74-63 with 1:17 to go.

Quinnipiac jumped out to a 21-12 lead in the first half as the Explorers made only three of their first 18 shots. La Salle rallied to tie the score 28-28, but trailed 37-33 at halftime.

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