On Wednesday night however, the tides turned as LaSalle got the best of Butler in the closing seconds. Following a lay-in by forward Andrew Smith, the Bulldogs took a one-point lead late in the contest. However, LaSalle guard Ramon Galloway had an answer at the other end, driving left and finishing with only a few ticks remaining on the clock.
A last second heave from half court was off the mark and the Explorers picked up one of their bigger wins in school history by dethroning ninth-ranked Butler.
In turn, the LaSalle student body that was in attendance rushed the court and sent the Philadelphia-based university into a frenzy.
Take a look at the final few possessions and court-storming in the video clip below:
With the victory, VCU remains the only undefeated squad in the Atlantic 10 Conference, while LaSalle, who now sits at 3-2 within the conference has virtually put themselves into the discussion. The Explorers will have plenty of work to do within the competitive A-10, but the win over Butler is certainly a step in a positive direction.
The interesting part about Butler’s road loss is the fact that once again they had to take the court without leading-scorer Rotnei Clarke. Although the Bulldogs had survived prior to Wednesday without Clarke in the lineup, it finally became apparent that he is needed on the court.
LaSalle will look to build off their momentum from Wednesday as they take a trip to VCU this weekend.
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