By Joseph Santoliquito
Los Angeles, CA (CBS) — The dream run was bound to end. La Salle had defied so many odds to reach the Sweet 16. They played four guards. They were small and fast—and small and fast can only last so long against those thoroughbred teams that have speed, and size, that can shoot—and are hot. White hot.
That’s what La Salle ran into Thursday night at the Staples Center. One of those teams. A Wichita State team that seemed to have all the properties Elite Eight teams are supposed to have. A team with size, speed and is scorching hot.
The Shockers (29-8) took off and never peered back in trampling La Salle, 72-58, to advance to the Elite Eight of the tournament against West region No. 2 seed Ohio State on Saturday. The Explorers’ amazing season closed at 24-10.
La Salle had to dig out of a deep hole from the outset.
Less than seven minutes into the game, Wichita State surged out to a 17-3 lead. La Salle never led, though the Explorers pulled within 19-11 and 25-17. It was as close as they would get.
La Salle trailed 38-22 at halftime on 8-for-30 shooting (26.7 percent), and 3-for-8 from three-point range. The Explorers were outrebounded 27-14. The Shockers did to the small Explorers what Boise State, Kansas State and Mississippi didn’t do—that’s get the ball inside. The Shockers scored 24 of their 38 first-half points in the paint.
Ramon Galloway and Tyrone Garland, two major reasons why La Salle reach the Sweet 16, were a combined 4-for-19 in the first half. La Salle rushed their shots and had trouble shooting over the taller, out-stretched arms of the Shockers.
Ron Baker threw daggers into La Salle’s chances. His trey in the opening of the second half gave the Shockers their largest edge, 44-22, with 18:49 left to play. Baker ripped the Explorers again later in the second half, nailing another three-pointer off a La Salle turnover that gave the Shockers a 47-32 lead, with 14:05 left.
With 10:48 remaining, a pair of Sam Mills’ free throws pulled the Explorers within 51-40. But each time La Salle clawed within sniffing range, the Shockers would rebound a miss, after a bad shot, or beat the smaller Explorers on the boards again.
Jerrell Wright emerged in this tournament for the Explorers, and played well again against Wichita State, scoring 16 points. Garland and his “Southwest Philly Floater” also had 16, Galloway concluded an impressive La Salle career with 11.
Wichita State was led by Malcolm Armstead’s 18, Carl Hall’s 16 points and eight rebounds and Baker’s 13.
And though there was an overflow of emotion pouring out of the Explorers after the game, many La Salle fans, many Philly hoops fans, will always remember this team. It’s the team that revived La Salle basketball, with its first NCAA berth in 21 years, and the first time the program won three NCAA Tournament games since the Explorers were NCAA runners-up in 1955.
Even when they were struggling, they still fought. They still played hard.
Galloway will be the only major loss for Explorers’ coach John Giannini, who returns Wright, Garland, Tyreek Duren and the nucleus of a team that could begin next season as a top-25 program.
It was an end. But in many ways, this La Salle team marked a beginning.
Prosecution Rests Case In Rutgers Webcam Spying TrialNEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) --
Prosecutors have rested their case
in the trial of a former Rutgers student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man.
Lawyers for Dharun Ravi
are expected to present an investigator and several character witnesses starting Friday. They'll also have to decide whether Ravi will take the stand. If he testifies, it won't be until at least Monday.
Ravi, now 20, is charged with 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and several crimes related to trying to cover up his actions.
His roommate, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi
, committed suicide on Sept. 22, 2010, just days after the alleged spying and one day after what prosecutors say was an attempt to spy on him again
Ravi is not charged with Clementi's death, though in many ways the suicide lies at the heart of the case.
The prosecution has called about 20 witnesses
so far in ten days of testimony.
On Wednesday, they put on the witness stand a detective who interviewed Ravi on Sept. 23, 2010 after Clementi was believed dead but before Ravi was charged.
Jurors saw the nearly hour-long video of the interrogation.
Police asked Ravi about his use of the webcam to allegedly spy on Clementi during his romantic encounter with another man.
The investigator, Michael Daniewicz, repeatedly accused Ravi of lying about details. And Ravi, for his part, agreed that he had violated his roommate's privacy
by going to a friend's room and using her computer to view images from his own webcam, which he had set up to accept webchat requests automatically.
Investigator: "Is it safe to say you were invading his privacy?"
Ravi: "It is my room also."
Investigator: "Did you violate this man's privacy?"
He said he did not see anything graphic and turned the stream off as soon as he realized what was going on.
"I didn't realize it was something so private,'' he said. "It was my room, too.''
He said he sent a Twitter post
about what he saw, later, "daring'' people to videochat with him two days later during the hours when Clementi had requested the room again.
But he said that he didn't mean it.
"I said that sarcastically, first of all,'' he said, continuing that he did not want people to watch the feed. Jurors had heard in earlier testimony, though, that Clementi visited Ravi's Twitter page 38 times in the two days before he killed himself and saved a screenshot of that tweet.
But Ravi said in the interview that he took steps to keep others from viewing the second dorm-room liaison. "And I turned off my computer,'' he said. "I put it to sleep.''
"Regardless of what I said my computer wasn't accessible,'' he said.
Ravi explained that he was also joking when he texted a friend that other Rutgers students
were having a "viewing party'' to watch the stream.
Ravi said he wanted to protect his roommate. "I'm not trying to hero myself,'' he told the officer.
Clementi's mother tried to hold back tears as the video was played for jurors in court.
Ravi was arrested days after the interview and has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, saying he was using the webcam to keep an eye on his belongings.
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