Tyrone Garland split two defenders, dancing through the lane and lofting a fancy scoop shot over the outstretched arms of a third defender. On an evening when Florida Gulf Coast stole the national spotlight, No. 13 La Salle proved there was a little magic left to go around.
“That’s the Southwest Philly floater,” Garland said on TruTV after the game, also giving a shoutout to his mother following a thorough celebration that looked like this.
Ole Miss, seeded 12th after topping Oklahoma State, actually got the ball back with two seconds left. But Coach Andy Kennedy didn’t call a timeout, and all the Rebels mustered was a long heave that fell short.
La Salle, led by Ramon Galloway’s game-high 24 points, are the latest NCAA tournament underdog to emerge out of the First Four, where it beat Boise State. The Explorers move onto the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles, where No. 9 Wichita State awaits. Marshall Henderson ended his season with 21 points, though he bricked a three-pointer with a tie game seconds before Garland’s heroics.
The glitter fans were greatly amused.
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