Tyrone Garland hit the game-winning basket on Sunday evening and in the process sent LaSalle to their first Sweet 16 since 1955.
Off a dribble hand off, Garland drove middle and put up what he called, the “Southwest Philly Floater.”
Well it’s all the rage now and the Explorers are still dancing. Garland’s basket broke a 74-74 tie and now LaSalle has won three consecutive NCAA Tournament games. In addition, the Explorers have gone from the First Four round to just two wins and one week away from the Final Four. That’s remarkable, but everything aside, LaSalle knows that they still have work to do.
If you have not seen the game-winning clip and the Southwest Philly Floater at its finest, take a look at the final segment below:
Garland came off the bench on Sunday and scored 17 points for the Explorers, none bigger obviously than that final shot attempt. Senior guard Ramon Galloway had another monster game for LaSalle, scoring 24 points in the victory.
This Explorers’ squad is clicking right now and they might just have the best chance of any of the remaining double-digit seeds (there are three of them) to advance forward into the Elite 8.
LaSalle and the Southwest Philly Floater silenced Ole Miss junior guard Marshall Henderson and will now advance to play No. 9 Wichita State. It’s undoubtedly a crazy Sweet 16 match-up, as either a 9 or 13 seed will advance forward into the Elite 8.
LaSalle will need to bring their Philly flare to the hardwood again when they travel to Los Angeles later this week.
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