PHILADELPHIA -- Saul Phiri scored 14 points on four 3-pointers and La Salle beat Massachusetts 60-51 on Wednesday night.
Phiri and Deas hit two 3-pointers apiece early in the first half and another each later in the period to help La Salle build a 36-28 lead at the break.
UMass cut it to 42-37 early in the second half but Pookie Powell answered with a 3 and Deas sank another with 5:16 to play to stretch it to 50-39 with 5:16 left and the Explorers cruised from there.
Rashaan Holloway scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Minutemen (8-13, 1-7), who have lost eight of the last nine.
Five-star junior point guard Devin Askew commits to Kentucky
Devin Askew, the No. 1 point guard in the 2021 class, committed to Kentucky on Thursday. Sources told ESPN that Askew will decide in the spring if he will reclassify into the 2020 class.
Ed Beck, of Kentucky Wildcats' 1958 NCAA title team, dies
Ed Beck, a fierce rebounder for Kentucky's 1958 NCAA championship team who later turned down an offer from the Knicks to enter the ministry, has died.
Juwan Howard lands Isaiah Todd, 1st 5-star as Michigan Wolverines coach
Isaiah Todd, the top power forward in the 2020 ESPN 100 list, committed to Michigan, giving new coach Juwan Howard his first five-star recruit.