1953–54 La Salle Explorers men's basketball team

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1953-54 La Salle Explorers men's basketball
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #2
1953-54 record 26-4
Head coach Ken Loeffler
Seasons
« 1952-53 1954-55 »
1953–54 NCAA men's basketball independents standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Holy Cross       26 2   .929
#17 Seattle       26 2   .929
#5 Duquesne       26 3   .897
#6 Notre Dame       22 3   .880
#2 La Salle       26 4   .867
Dayton       25 7   .781
Louisville       22 7   .759
#9 Penn State       18 6   .750
Oklahoma City       18 7   .720
Navy       18 8   .692
Army       15 7   .682
Villanova       20 11   .645
Lafayette       17 10   .630
Saint Joseph's       14 9   .609
Xavier       18 12   .600
#7 Bradley       19 13   .594
John Carroll       15 11   .577
Seton Hall       13 10   .565
Temple       15 12   .556
Muhlenberg       12 10   .545
Washington University       12 10   .545
Syracuse       10 9   .526
Cincinnati       11 10   .524
DePaul       11 10   .524
Iona       11 10   .524
Butler       13 12   .520
Boston College       11 11   .500
Loyola Marymount       14 16   .467
Rutgers       11 13   .458
Creighton       14 17   .452
Gonzaga       12 15   .444
Valparaiso       10 13   .435
Marquette       11 15   .423
Lehigh       8 12   .400
Pittsburgh       9 14   .391
Georgetown       11 18   .379
Siena       7 14   .333
Portland       9 19   .321
Loyola (IL)       7 15   .318
Drake       7 16   .304
Colgate       5 12   .294
Bucknell       4 16   .200
Rankings from AP Poll


Season Summary[edit]

Some basketball historians have called La Salle star Tom Gola the Magic Johnson of his day because, at 6-7, he could play all five positions. But not even Magic piled up the kind of numbers Gola did in leading the Explorers to the 1954 national championship - 21.7 points and 23 rebounds per game. Guard Frank O’Hara was Gola’s capable running mate along with five sophomores who played complementary roles.

NCAA tournament[edit]

  • West
    • La Salle 76, Fordham 74
    • La Salle 88, North Carolina State 81
    • La Salle 64, Navy 48
  • Final Four
    • La Salle 69, Pennsylvania State 54
    • La Salle 92, Bradley 76

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
11 93 Frank O'Hara Philadelphia Warriors

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References[edit]