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 .
One of the players signed is 6-foot-8 forward Ed Croswell, who plays for former Explorers coach Speedy Morris at St. Joseph's Prep.
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.
"Outside of Rhode Island, it's as unpredictable as it's ever been,'' La Salle coach John Giannini said. "I really think there's nine or 10 teams that are so close you could just pick the names out of a hat right now in terms of trying to predict where they would finish.''
The past was a topic at Tuesday's Atlantic 10 media day at Capital One Arena (nee Verizon Center), site of the A-10 Tournament in March. The future was a bigger topic.
First in a series looking at some of Philadelphia's men's basketball players to watch.
Michael Brooks’ friends and acquaintances still look for reasons that he cut himself off from his country, from them.
He initially claimed he was urinating near a Lower Merion trail.
"That's been a dream of mine for the last 17 years," said Carr, who is one of six Explorers players to have scored more than 2,000 points.
David Miller makes the move after five years at the Inter-Ac school, which he led to much success.