LaSalle Explorers

General Information

Conference: Atlantic 10 Conference

NCAA Division: Division I

City: Philadelphia

Stadium: Tom Gola Arena


  • National Championships: 1 (1954)
  • Conference Titles: 8 (1975, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992)
  • Conference Regular Season Titles: 8 (1968, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989)
  • NCAA Tournaments: 12 (1954, 1955, 1968, 1975, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2013)

Past Conferences:

  • Middle Atlantic
  • East Coast
  • Metro Atlantic Athletic
  • Midwestern Collegiate

La Salle Explorers Standings & Analysis

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All-Time La Salle Explorers Stats & Records

Points Scored

  • Lionel Simmons: 3,217
  • Michael Brooks: 2,628
  • Tom Gola: 2,461


  • Tom Gola: 2,201
  • Lionel Simmons: 1,429
  • Michael Brooks: 1,372


  • Doug Overton: 671
  • Julian Blanks: 570
  • Paul Burke: 567

Overview of the La Salle Explorers Standings

Last-Season Standings

The La Salle Explorers men’s basketball team had a challenging 2021-2022 season, finishing with a record of 11-19 and a 12th place finish in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings. The team was led by fourth-year head coach Ashley Howard and played their home games at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Despite their struggles, the team had some bright spots throughout the season.

One of the top performers for the La Salle Explorers in the 2021-2022 season was sophomore guard Anwar Gill. He averaged 14.2 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game, leading the team in both categories. Another key player for the team was junior guard Sherif Kenney, who averaged 11.8 points per game and shot 40.9% from beyond the arc. Despite their individual success, the La Salle Explorers struggled to string together consistent wins throughout the season.

Looking ahead to the future, the La Salle Explorers will need to regroup and continue to develop their young talent. With the departure of key players like Anwar Gill and Sherif Kenney, the team will need new leaders to step up and help improve their standings in the Atlantic 10 Conference. With hard work and dedication, the La Salle Explorers can strive for a more successful 2022-2023 NCAAB season.

Before Betting on La Salle Explorers, Check Out These Tips:

Monitor the NCAAB Team’s Injury Report

Injuries can greatly affect a team’s performance, so it’s important to keep track of who is and isn’t available to play. This information can often be found on the team’s official website or through sports news outlets.

Monitor the Latest Basketball Trends and Statistics

Keep track of the team’s recent performance and pay attention to any trends or patterns in their statistics, such as their scoring average, defensive efficiency, or their success rate on the road versus at home.

Look at College Basketball Betting Trends and Odds

Pay attention to the odds being offered by different sportsbooks, as well as any betting trends. This can give you a sense of how the public is viewing the team and help you make informed betting decisions. However, it’s important to remember that odds and trends are just one factor to consider and should not be the sole basis for your betting decisions.

Consider the NCAA Team’s Overall Talent Level

Look at the team’s roster to see if they have any star players, as well as their depth at each position. This can give you a sense of the team’s overall talent level and help you predict how they may perform in future games.

La Salle Explorers Basketball History

The La Salle Explorers are a Division I program based in Philadelphia. La Salle is currently a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and is coached by Fran Dunphy, a decorated alum who also had distinguished stints at Penn and Temple.

While La Salle has been to the NCAA Tournament just once in the last two decades, its history on the hardwood is quite rich. La Salle won the national championship in 1954, beating Bradley 92-76. The Explorers nearly repeated that feat the next season but lost in the title game 77-63 to San Francisco. The Dons’ leading scorers in that game were future NBA legends K.C. Jones and Bill Russell, with 24 and 23 points, respectively.

The Explorers have also won eight Philadelphia Big 5 city championships, besting long-standing city rivals Penn, St. Joseph, Temple and Villanova, and eight conference regular season titles. Additionally, they captured the 1952 National Invitational Tournament title, when the tournament was considered a premium event.

Gola, Most Decorated Alum

Tom Gola, a native Philadelphian who starred at LaSalle in the 1950s and holds the NCAA’s career rebounding record (2,201), is arguably the program’s most decorated alum. Gola, a four-time All-American and 1955 National Player of the Year was the first player in collegiate history to record over 2,000 points and 2,000 rebounds. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976, and La Salle’s gym was named in his honor.

Michael Brooks (1980) and Lionel Simmons (1990) later joined Gola as Explorers to win National Player of the Year. Simmons is currently fourth on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list with 3,217 points, behind LSU’s Pete Maravich, Portland State’s Freeman Williams and Campbell’s Chris Clemons.

La Salle won three regular season titles in the Metro Athletic Association Conference in the 1980s — and five before that in the East Coast Conference — but hasn’t had nearly the same success in the A-10. The Explorers have finished above .500 just five times since joining the league in 1995-96. Their most significant achievement during that time? A Sweet 16 run in 2013, which saw the 13th-seeded Explorers overcome the NCCAB odds to beat fourth-seeded Kansas State and No. 12 seed Mississippi.

La Salle’s last winning season was a 17-16 finish in 2015 under John Giannini. Giannini coached three more years and was replaced by Ashley Howard, who finished no better than .500 during his four-year stint before Dunphy’s arrival. Dunphy, a former two-time A-10 and American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year became the first person to lead three different Big 5 programs.

Dunphy has a rebuilding project on his hands at La Salle, as the Explorers were ranked 14th out of 15 teams in the 2022-23 A-10 preseason poll.

La Salle Explorers NCAAB FAQs

Who holds LaSalle’s single-season scoring record?

Lionel Simmons scored a school-record 908 points in 1988-89. He was a consensus Second Team All-American.

Who is the winningest coach in LaSalle program history?

Speedy Morris won a program-record 238 games from 1987-01, He took the Explorers to the NCAA Tournament four times.

What is the winningest season in LaSalle program history?

The 1989-90 Explorers went undefeated in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play and were 30-2 overall, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
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