The Wildcats (10-0, 3-0 Big Five) won their 21st consecutive City Series game. Jalen Brunson helped secure the victory.
Kurk Lee and Sammy Mojica combined for 42 points for the Dragons.
The 7-foot-2 player from Ireland, is working hard on getting stronger and improving his game as the Explorers prepare to play in a tournament in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Pookie Powell led the way for the Explorers, scoring 17 of his game-high 29 points in the second half.
Kareem Townes, who scored nearly 2,000 career points at La Salle, served nearly 10 years in prison for selling crack at age 27. He has been free for eight years. His peers say he deserves a place in the Big Five Hall of Fame.
Fresh off winning the Charleston Classic title, the Owls will play the Explorers on Sunday at La Salle.
Lonnie Walker, the Hurricanes' star freshman, had his homecoming after bringing a state championship to Reading High School last season. He had a game-high 22 points.
Billy Hahn resigned from La Salle, was fired by Ohio, coached alongside Gary Williams and Bob Huggins, and called John Lucas a teammate at Maryland. He gives inspiring talks to college basketball players.
The Explorers weren't as crisp on defense as they were in their first two games and saw a 23-point lead cut to five before they prevailed .
La Salle beat Penn in two overtimes, but both squads looked at how this one went to 50 minutes.
The Explorers' starting guard scored eight of his 12 points in the second extra period at the Palestra.
The Explorers' success will come down to their defense.
The Explorers finished last in the Atlantic 10 last season in three key defensive categories and have worked diligently on their defense in pre-season.