By Harry Allison
LaSalle finally figured out how to beat UMass and now it squares off with top-seeded Davidson in the A-10 tournament.
Jordan Price (photo above) scored 28 points and Khalid Lewis made a key 3 with 1:28 left to give La Salle a 76-69 victory against Massachusetts in the second round of tournament on Thursday.
The ninth-seeded Explorers (17-15) avoided a three-game sweep by UMass (17-15).
Donte Clark led UMass with 23 points and Cady Lalanne had 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Steve Zack made a short hook to put La Salle up 62-58 with 3:30 left in the second half, but Clark’s 3 drew UMass to within one with two minutes remaining.
With the shot clock winding down, Lewis turned and fired a 3 from the corner to put La Salle up 69-63.
Price helped seal the win with five free throws in the final 1:04. Zack had 13 points and 12 rebounds.