1989–90 La Salle Explorers men's basketball team

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1989–90 La Salle Explorers men's basketball
MAAC South Division champion
MAAC regular season champion
MAAC Tournament champion
ConferenceMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference
DivisionSouth Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 12
1989–90 record30–2 (16–0 MAAC)
Head coachSpeedy Morris (4th season)
Assistant coachJoe Mihalich
Assistant coachRandy Monroe
Assistant coachSam Rines
Home arenaConvention Hall
Seasons
1989–90 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
North
Holy Cross 14 2   .875     24 6   .800
Siena 11 5   .688     16 13   .552
Fordham 10 6   .625     20 13   .606
Canisius 5 11   .313     11 18   .379
Army 5 11   .313     10 19   .345
Niagara 5 11   .313     6 22   .214
South
#12 La Salle 16 0   1.000     30 2   .938
Iona 8 8   .500     13 15   .464
Saint Peter's 7 9   .438     14 14   .500
Manhattan 7 9   .438     11 17   .393
Fairfield 6 10   .375     10 19   .345
Loyola (MD) 2 14   .125     4 24   .143
1990 MAAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1989–90 La Salle Explorers men's basketball team represented La Salle University during the 1989–90 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by fourth-year head coach Speedy Morris, the team established the single-season school record for wins with a 30-2 record (16-0 MAAC), including a 22-game win streak. National Player of the Year Lionel "L-Train" Simmons finished his collegiate career third in NCAA scoring with 3,217 points, and also accumulated 1,429 rebounds,[1] he was the first player in NCAA history to score more than 3,000 points and grab more than 1,100 rebounds.[1]

Roster[edit]

1989–90 La Salle Explorers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 10 Keith Morris 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
So Penn Charter Philadelphia, PA
G 11 Doug Overton 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Dobbins Technical Philadelphia, PA
G 14 Randy Woods 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Benjamin Franklin Philadelphia, PA
G 20 Bobby Johnson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Sr South Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
F 22 Lionel Simmons (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr South Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
G 24 Jeff Neubauer 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Fr Slidell Slidell, LA
G 25 Jack Hurd 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
So Warwick Lititz, PA
G 35 Mike Bergin 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Fr St. John's College Park, MD
F 42 Mike Stock 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Jr Bishop Egan Bensalem, PA
C 44 Milko Lieverst 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
So Sweelinck Amsterdam, Netherlands
F 51 Bron Holland 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
So Bangor Bangor, PA
C 52 Don Shelton 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
So Trenton Central Trenton, NJ
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
Nov 24, 1989*
9:00 PM
vs. SW Missouri State
Coors Light Classic
W 62–58  1–0
 24  Simmons   8  Lieverst         Selland Arena (9,902)
Fresno, CA
Nov 25, 1989*
11:00 PM
at Fresno State
Coors Light Classic
W 75–63  2–0
 24  Simmons   7  Lieverst         Selland Arena (9,902)
Fresno, CA
Dec 2, 1989*
4:00 PM, ABC
at DePaul W 83–62  3–0
 26  Simmons   14  Simmons         Rosemont Horizon (8,669)
Rosemont, IL
Dec 11, 1989*
8:00 PM
Penn W 86–83  4–0
 22  Overton   12  Simmons         Convention Hall (5,163)
Philadelphia, PA
Dec 21, 1989*
7:00 PM
No. 23 Villanova W 71–70  5–0
 19  Overton   9  Simmons         Convention Hall (10,004)
Philadelphia, PA
Dec 27, 1989*
7:30 PM, ESPN
No. 20 vs. Ohio State
Sugar Bowl Classic
W 74–62  6–0
 26  Simmons   13  Simmons         Louisiana Superdome (8,000)
New Orleans, LA
Dec 28, 1989*
9:30 PM
No. 20 vs. Florida
Sugar Bowl Classic
W 76–69  7–0
 33  Simmons   10  Simmons   7  Simmons  Louisiana Superdome (5,847)
New Orleans, LA
Jan 3, 1990*
7:00 PM
No. 17 at Temple W 63–62[2]  8–0
 23  Simmons   14  Simmons         McGonigle Hall (3,900)
Philadelphia, PA
Jan 6, 1990*
No. 17 No. 25 Loyola Marymount L 116–121[3][4][5]  8–1
 34  Simmons   19  Simmons   10  Overton  Convention Hall (10,254)
Philadelphia, PA
Jan 9, 1990
No. 21 Siena W 106–90  9–1
(1–0)
 29  Simmons   11  Simmons   13  Overton  Convention Hall (4,311)
Philadelphia, PA
Jan 12, 1990*
No. 21 Notre Dame W 86–78  10–1
 27  Simmons,
Overton
 
 5  Simmons,
Lieverst
 
       Convention Hall (10,004)
Philadelphia, PA
Jan 18, 1990
No. 17 Canisius W 89–77  11–1
(2–0)
 27  Simmons   11  Simmons         Convention Hall (3,387)
Philadelphia, PA
Jan 20, 1990
No. 18 at Holy Cross W 84–81  12–1
(3–0)
 28  Simmons   11  Simmons         Hart Center (4,000)
Worcester, MA
Jan 22, 1990
No. 17 Loyola (MD) W 89–69  13–1
(4–0)
 36  Simmons   14  Simmons         Convention Hall (3,776)
Philadelphia, PA
Jan 25, 1990
No. 18 at Niagara W 87–69  14–1
(5–0)
 25  Simmons   7  Simmons,
Woods
 
       Niagara Falls Convention Center (2,296)
Niagara Falls, NY
Jan 27, 1990
No. 18 at Fordham W 98–72  15–1
(6–0)
 30  Simmons   14  Simmons         Rose Hill Gymnasium (4,384)
Bronx, NY
Feb 3, 1990
No. 15 at Iona W 89–73  16–1
(7–0)
 26  Simmons   7  Simmons,
Overton
 
       Hynes Athletic Center (2,796)
New Rochelle, NY
Feb 5, 1990
No. 15 Saint Peter's W 72–59  17–1
(8–0)
 26  Simmons   10  Simmons         Convention Hall (4,247)
Philadelphia, PA
Feb 8, 1990
No. 14 at Fairfield W 78–51  18–1
(9–0)
 22  Simmons,
Overton
 
 13  Simmons         Alumni Hall (3,022)
Fairfield, CT
Feb 10, 1990
No. 14 at Manhattan W 99–78  19–1
(10–0)
 40  Simmons   14  Simmons         Draddy Gymnasium (2,414)
Bronx, NY
Feb 12, 1990*
No. 14 at Saint Joseph's W 93–76  20–1
 26  Overton   8  Simmons         Hagan Arena (3,200)
Philadelphia, PA
Feb 16, 1990
No. 14 Iona W 95–78  21–1
(11–0)
 20  Overton   11  Simmons         Convention Hall (5,143)
Philadelphia, PA
Feb 18, 1990
No. 14 Fairfield W 72–49  22–1
(12–0)
 24  Simmons   10  Simmons         Convention Hall (5,238)
Philadelphia, PA
Feb 25, 1990
No. 14 at Loyola (MD) W 110–81  23–1
(13–0)
 34  Simmons   7  Simmons         Reitz Arena (3,203)
Baltimore, MD
Feb 22, 1990
No. 14 Manhattan W 100–60  24–1
(14–0)
 30  Overton   8  Johnson         Convention Hall (8,136)
Philadelphia, PA
Feb 25, 1990
No. 14 at Saint Peter's W 74–66 OT 25–1
(15–0)
 18  Simmons   14  Simmons         Yanitelli Center (2,904)
Jersey City, NJ
Feb 27, 1990
No. 13 Army W 106–73  26–1
(16–0)
 29  Simmons   20  Simmons         Convention Hall (5,217)
Philadelphia, PA
MAAC Tournament
Mar 3, 1990
No. 13 vs. Fairfield
Quarterfinal
W 90–60  27–1
 34  Simmons   11  Simmons         Times Union Center (12,231)
Albany, NY
Mar 4, 1990
No. 13 vs. Siena
Semifinal
W 106–90  28–1
 26  Simmons   11  Simmons         Times Union Center (11,691)
Albany, NY
Mar 5, 1990
 ESPN
No. 13 vs. Fordham
Championship
W 71–61[6]  29–1
 26  Simmons   16  Simmons         Times Union Center (5,712)
Albany, NY
NCAA Tournament
Mar 15, 1990*
 CBS
(E4) No. 12 vs. (E13) Southern Miss
First Round
W 79–63  30–1
 32  Simmons   16  Simmons   6  Overton  Hartford Civic Center (15,937)
Hartford, CT
Mar 17, 1990*
 CBS
(E4) No. 12 vs. (E5) No. 17 Clemson
Second Round
L 75–79[7][8]  30–2
 28  Simmons   7  Johnson   6  Overton  Hartford Civic Center (16,011)
Hartford, CT
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Sources [1]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 23 20 17 21 17 18 15 14 14 14 13 11 12 
Coaches 16 19 NR 19 18 15 16 14 14 14 12 13

*Final AP and Coaches rankings released prior to NCAA tournament

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1990 1 7 Lionel Simmons Sacramento Kings
1991 2 40 Doug Overton Detroit Pistons
1992 1 16 Randy Woods Los Angeles Clippers

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References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Loyola Marymount Outruns La Salle : Kimble, Gathers help Lions go two for Philadelphia with 121-116 victory". Los Angeles Times. January 7, 1990. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "LMU 121, Lasalle 116". Loyola Marymount Athletic Department. February 18, 2005. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Takin' the Train". Sports Illustrated. January 15, 1990. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "La Salle Players Dedicate Title Game to Gathers". Los Angeles Times. March 6, 1990. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Clemson 79, La Salle 75". United Press International. March 17, 1990. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Clemson Stops Simmons, Defeats La Salle". Los Angeles Times. March 18, 1990. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
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  14. ^ "1990 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "1991 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "1992 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 14, 2018.