La Salle looks for first win Tuesday night vs. Bucknell

Matt Leon
December 03, 2018 - 5:12 pm
Redshirt junior guard Traci Carter led La Salle with 17 points in Saturday's loss to Villanova.

Sideline Photos/La Salle Athletics

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Ashley Howard's first season as La Salle University's men's basketball coach has gotten off to a rough start from a wins and losses standpoint. The Explorers are 0-8 as they prepare to host Bucknell on Tuesday night at Gola Arena. However, if you look at the way La Salle played this past Saturday, it is not hard to see that much brighter days are ahead for the Explorers.

The Explorers gave defending national champion Villanova, and Howard's former team (he was an assistant on Jay Wright's staff before coming to La Salle), all it could handle Saturday at the Palestra, before eventually falling, 85-78. The Explorers shot 58 percent from the field overall and 52 percent from three in defeat as five players finished in double figures. 

"Our guys brought great energy on Saturday," Howard said. "They played together, they played hard. It was an exciting Big 5 match-up against the defending national champs. I'm just looking forward to us being able to build on Saturday's game and continue to get better."

La Salle's effort was even more impressive when you consider that they were missing three players, including top scorer Pookie Powell and leading rebounder Jared Kimbrough who both sat out with lower body injuries. 

"Pookie Powell and Jared Kimbrough are both still listed as day-to-day," Howard said. "They're both doing better than they were on Saturday, so we'll play it by ear, see how those guys feel in practice (Monday) and lead up to (Tuesday night)."

Howard says the third player who missed Saturday, grad student Cheddi Mosely, is expected to be able to return for Tuesday night's game after going through the concussion protocol.

Bucknell is 3-3 on the season. Last time out on Saturday, the Bison rolled at home over Monmouth, 65-43. Howard talks about what jumps out at him when he watches tape of Bucknell.

"Their skill at all five positions," he said. "They have a bunch of guys that can shoot the three. They have some local guys that are coming home who you know would love to come home and play some good games in front of their friends and family. So Bucknell is a great program. They are always known for playing a great brand of basketball. They're an experienced team, they share the ball and it's going to be a battle."

Tuesday night's game at Gola Arena gets underway at 7:00 p.m.

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