By Annie Ross

Saul Phiri was 4-for-4 from three-point range, finishing with 14 points, and Isiah Deas’ 20 points led La Salle past Fordham 73-71 with 20 points, including 4-for-8 from three-point range, and six assists.

Pookie Powell (above) also contributed from distance, going 3-for-6 and finished with 16 points, including 11 in the second half.

Overall, the Explorers shot 14-for-26 (53.8 percent) on threes, while the Rams (9-10, 0-6) shot only 8-for-25 (32.0). The 14 made threes was a season high.

La Salle played its second straight game without freshman guard Jack Clark, who also missed Saturday’s game against Rhode Island with a sore knee, suffered against George Washington last Wednesday.

Deas scored the first points of the game on a three-pointer and La Salle never relinquished the lead in raising its record to 4-14, 2-14 in the Atlantic 10. The Explorers’ largest lead was 16 points, when they pulled ahead, 34-18, on an Ed Croswell layup. La Salle led at the half, 39-30.

After a Powell three with 35 seconds left pulled the Explorers ahead, 73-67, Chuba Ohams hit a layup to cut the Rams’ deficit to four. Deas then fouled Antwon Portley from three-point range with a second left. Portley hit his first two free throws, but missed the third. Onyi Eyisi got the offensive rebound, but his shot was off the mark, and Crosswell grabbed the rebound as time expire.