The La Salle Explorers have six losses and in five of them, Ramon Galloway has fewer than five assists.
Galloway’s 17.3 points and 3.8 assists per-game are both team-highs for an Explorers team that is 8-3, two games out of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference and he’ll need to maintain a distributing role if La Salle wants to come out with a victory against the Temple Owls on Thursday night.
Galloway is a dangerous scorer who shoots 41-percent from the field, 43-percent from 3-point range and 82-percent from the free-throw line.
Make no mistake, Galloway is the guy that makes this offense go but his scorer’s mentality can put the offense in trouble when he tries to do too much. He has the ability to control the game’s tempo and his teammates are more than capable of stepping up.
Tyreek Duren has a similar skill-set to that of Galloway but uses more of an inside game to get the job done.
Then there’s 6-foot-8 sophomore Jerrell Wright and Steve Zack, who are both efficient scorers in the post but are much stronger on the defensive end.
Not to mention Duren and Galloway have a great perimeter game which should be on display against a Temple team that lives in 3-point territory so much that its transition game suffers considerably.
Patience is the name of the game and if the Explorers slow it down and chip away, La Salle could have the top of the conference in sight.
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