The La Salle Explorers took on the Boise State Broncos last night in the West Region play-in game. It was the Explorers first NCAA tournament birth since 1992 and they were looking for their first NCAA tournament win since 1990. The Explorers got off to a fast start opening up a 10 point lead in the first half and taking an eight point lead to halftime. The Explorers opened their lead up in the second half to double digits again but the Broncos would not go away. Boise State cut the La Salle lead to just six points with just over a minute left. The Explorers would rely on Tyrone Garland’s 22 points to get them by and clutch free throw shooting down the stretch helped boost the Explorers 80-71. They will go on to face Kansas State tomorrow afternoon. More here.
The Sixers were out west last night as they took on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Both teams didn’t exactly set the world on fire in the first quarter and the 76ers stayed in the game as it was tied at 20 after the first. The Clippers started the second quarter on an 11-1 run. After that, it was all Los Angeles. The Clippers ran away with the game and closed out the fourth quarter by outscoring the Sixers 27-14. Chris Paul led all scorers with 19 points and nine assists. Spencer Hawes led all Sixers with 16 points. Jrue Holiday had a rough night with a season low two points in 33 minutes. His previous season low was six points on November 24th against the Oklahoma City Thunder. More here.
The Ravens have had a tough offseason after winning the Super Bowl in February. They traded wide receiver Anquan Boldin, lost linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe along with cornerback Cary Williams in free agency, released safety Bernard Pollard and saw the face of the franchise, Ray Lewis, retire. That list got a little longer last night with the news that the “other” face of the defense, Ed Reed, would not be returning to Baltimore. Reed, who went to nine Pro Bowls with the Ravens, has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Houston Texans. The 34 year old, 12-year veteran will earn a reported $4 million annually over three-years. More here.