Steve Zack had a big night for the Explorers.

By Harry Allison

LaSalle’s offense came to life last night against Penn and the Explorers look like they are ready to do battle in the tough Atlantic-10 this season.

Five Explorers scored in double figures as LaSalle won its third straight game, and fourth in its last five, with an 84-67 Big 5 victory over Penn at Tom Gola Arena on Tuesday night.

“They challenged us and we were fortunate to have a great offensive night,” said LaSalle coach John Giannini. “We played hard, turned them over and I am pleased with the outcome.”

La Salle shot 54.1 percent (33-for-61) from the field as a team, their second highest total so far this season. The Explorers led by as many as 22 in the second half.

Redshirt sophomore Jordan Price paced La Salle (8-5, 1-2 Big 5) with 18 points, going a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line and 3-of-5 from three-point range.

“We are in the gym every day so this is nothing new to us,” said Price. “We knew this moment would come and it’s good that we are shooting the ball well going into Atlantic 10 play.”

Senior Steve Zack had a big night with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists while Jerrell Wright added 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Both players went 6-for-9 from the floor and tallied two blocks and two steals apiece.

The Explorers outscored the Quakers (3-7, 0-2 Big 5) 48-34 in the paint in the game, and 14-7 on second chance points. Rohan Brown was crucial to La Salle’s success on the offensive glass, pulling down four offensive rebounds in just 11 minutes.

Penn took a quick 2-0 lead on a Darien Nelson-Henry layup 16 seconds into the game before a Price trey gave the Explorers a lead they never relinquished. La Salle used a 13-3 run spanning the third media timeout in the first half to stretch their lead to 12, and eventually took a 47-35 lead into the break.

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