La Salle guard Jordan Price had a “BMOC” game Wednesday, scoring 34 points to lead the unranked Explorers to a 74-69 road win over No. 20 VCU.
Price, a sophomore, surpassed the 30-point mark for the fourth time this season and for the second time in as many games. He scored 30 in a 66-59 loss to Massachusetts last Saturday.
On Wednesday, however, he led La Salle to victory.
“I just thank God for the opportunity to be out there to play basketball,” Price said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I believe in him. At the free throw line, I just say, ‘Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus.’ He pulled through for me.”
Price shot 10-of-22 from the field, 5-10 from three and 9-of-10 from the foul line. He also had 18 rebounds – 18 rebounds! – to go with five assists and a steal.
“That’s just my teammates boxing out and following our training,” said Price, who is 6-5, 220. “I just go get the rebounds to help them out.”
Price hit a clutch, game-tying three-pointer with 29 seconds to go in regulation to force overtime.
“I practice that every day – me and my coaches and my teammates,” Price said. “The last shot of the day, he always counts it down – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. It was like another day in the office.”
While Price was tremendous throughout, he really took over in the second overtime, scoring 12 points.
“It just comes with practice and time,” Price said. “I’ve been putting in the work and the time, so I’m just glad it’s finally paying off.”
VCU entered the night having lost just two home games all season: against then-No. 7, now-No. 2 Virginia in December and against A-10 rival Richmond on January.
“We had two great practices this week coming into this game,” Price said. “Our coaching staff is just great. They always give us the game plan and our scout team is great. They can simulate what the other players are doing on the other team. Just like how (their) No. 1 (JeQuan Lewis, played well), our freshman guard, Johnnie (Shuler), he was doing the same things – getting in the lane and getting and-ones and stuff. So we were prepared for that. We just had to follow up.”
Lewis scored 26 points for VCU, which shot just 3-of-23 (13 percent) from three.
“That was one of our main (focuses),” Price said. “Stop the drive and stop the three. It’s a long game. They’re going to get a couple shots up, but as long as we were able to get a hand in their face, it was good. So I’m just glad that we were able to come out with the win.”
Jerrell Wright and Cleon Roberts chipped in with 12 points apiece.
“It’s always good to have help in the scoring,” Price said. “But our main focus is defense. I feel like our scoring is fed off our defense. As long as we can get stops, we can get buckets.”
La Salle (14-10, 6-5) hosts Davidson (16-6, 7-4) this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.
“I feel that we’re playing our best basketball right now,” Price said. “I just feel like this next game is going to be a win for us.”