La Salle - James Madison notes

After a tough overtime loss at Villanova on Tuesday night, La Salle will look to rebound against non-conference foe James Madison on Saturday afternoon at Tom Gola Arena.

Point guard Tyreek Duren is on a tear in the early season for the Explorers, averaging 20.5 points in the first two games.

In Tuesday’s 76-69 loss to the Wildcats, the 6-foot sophomore dropped a career-high and game-high 24 points. If Duren continues to progress, the Explorers will have a formidable, young backcourt alongside sharpshooter Sam Mills.

Freshman power forward Jerrell Wright has started both games this season and is expected to be a mainstay. But, his minutes have been limited, as he’s been in foul trouble both games. The Explorers lack height and they’ll need to rely on Wright’s rebounding. But, first he'll have to find a way to stay away from the whistle.

 Exploring: La Salle feature five players from Philadelphia, more than any other City Six team this season…Duren captured a Catholic League Title in his senior season with Neumann-Goretti in 2010…This game is part of the school’s Homecoming Weekend…James Madison knocked off Canisius on Sunday, 82-73…The Explorers will need to contain senior guard Humpty Hitchens, who scored 26 points in the season opener along with having a great name…In the loss at Nova, La Salle was whistled for 30 fouls, Villanova 13. The Explorers shot 11 free throws, Nova shot 41.

-Matt Breen

 Contact staff writer Matt Breen at mbreen@phillynews.com or @matt­_breen on Twitter.

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