The Explorers would jump out to a lead in the opening minutes of the contest, holding a 12-7 advantage over Miami. The Hurricanes would respond with a 10-0 run to take a 17-12 lead and would never look back, heading to the locker room up 34-24.
Miami received contributions from all around in the first half, as Davon Reed scored 8, Garrius Adams and James Kelly notched 7 points apiece and Donnavan Kirk added 6 points and 6 rebounds.
The Explorers shooting would pick up a bit in the second half, as they closed to within seven points with just over two minutes remaining, but Miami would maintain control, winning by a final score of 71-58.
Tyreek Duren led the Explorers in the loss with 18 points, while Sam Mills pitched in 15 points. Steve Zack, one game removed from a career-high 17-rebound performance, recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Tyrone Garland was held to just 3 points on 1 of 7 shooting.
The Hurricanes were led by Rion Brown, who scored 15 of his team high 17 points in the second half. Brown added 9 rebounds in the game as well for Miami, while Donnavan Kirk grabbed 9 boards as well to go along with 9 points.
The loss drops the Explorers to 6-6 on the season as they played their final game of the 2013 calendar year, a spectacular year for the program. La Salle will return to action on January 4, as they face off with Penn at the Palestra.
By: Kyle Babcock
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