Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Tyreek Duren knocked down 5-of-6 3- pointers and finished with a game-high 29 points, as the La Salle Explorers downed the Saint Joseph's Hawks, 76-64, in a matchup between Atlantic 10 Conference and Philadelphia Big 5 rivals at The Palestra.
Ramon Galloway scored 16 points and dished out 12 assists to help the Explorers (18-6, 8-3 A-10) notch their fourth straight win and keep pace with conference leader VCU. Jerrell Wright added 10 points and seven rebounds in the victory.
Halil Kanacevic paced the Hawks (14-10, 5-6) with 16 points off the bench, while Ronald Roberts recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Langston Galloway rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points to go along with five steals in a losing effort.
The Explorers controlled the action in the first half, as they shot 52.2 percent from the floor and went 5-of-8 from beyond the arc to take a 29-24 halftime lead.
La Salle posted another 5-of-8 effort from the perimeter in the second stanza and shot an even better 72.7 percent from the floor (16-of-22), as its lead stretched to as many as 12 with nine minutes to play. The Hawks were unable to draw any closer than seven points the rest of the way despite shooting 63 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes.
La Salle had 22 assists on 28 field goals for the game. With the win, the Explorers clinched at least a share of the Big 5 title.