La Salle's Ed Croswell has been consistent this season. — PHOTO COURTESY OF LA SALLE UNIVERSITY

La Salle’s Ed Croswell has been consistent this season. — PHOTO COURTESY OF LA SALLE UNIVERSITY

Former St. Joseph’s Prep basketball standout Ed Croswell is making a big impact at La Salle this season. Croswell, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound sophomore, is one of the bright young stars in the Philadelphia Big 5.

In a tough 83-72 loss to Villanova on Sunday, he had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Prior to the Explorers City Series matchup with the Wildcats, Croswell showed a strong inside game to lead La Salle to a 81-76 overtime win over South Alabama to win the Gulf Coast Showcase championship. Croswell had an MVP performance tallying 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Croswell leads the Explorers in scoring (10.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg). He has helped guide La Salle to a 4-3 overall record. Croswell is a terrific inside player for La Salle’s second-year head coach Ashley Howard, who is quickly building the Explorers’ basketball program.

La Salle appears to be getting momentum for next month’s regular season play in the Atlantic 10 Conference. La Salle will travel across the city to face Drexel on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

Temple’s Jake Forrester provides great inside play

The NCAA approved Jake Forrester’s waiver to play during the 2019-20 season making him eligible to play right away for the Temple Owls. Forrester, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound sophomore forward, got an opportunity to play in the Orlando Invitational over the Thanksgiving weekend.

“We are thankful that the NCAA has approved our waiver to allow Jake to play this season,” said Temple head coach Aaron McKie in statement prior to his first game against Maryland. “Jake has been competing hard in practice and we are looking forward to seeing him in game action.”

Forrester immediately paid dividends for the Owls. He has given them a great presence in the lane. Forrester is averaging 6.0 points and 2.0 rebounds a game in three appearances. He had 10 points and four rebounds in Temple’s 66-53 win over Davidson on Sunday.

Forrester transferred from Indiana to Temple. He was a magnificent basketball player at Westtown High School where he was a ranked as the #127 recruit by Rivals and #131 by 247 Sports. As a high school senior, he led Westtown to a 23-10 record and its fifth consecutive Friends Schools League championship.

Lincoln’s Kwanza Murray among top DII scorers

Lincoln University senior guard Kwanza Murray has been playing some outstanding basketball. She is averaging 23.9 points a game while shooting 54.8 percent from the field. She ranks ninth among NCAA Division II players in scoring.

Murray’s exploits has led the Lions to an impressive 7-1 overall record. Lincoln is ranked sixth in the most recent D2SIDA Atlantic Region Media Poll.

Murray has also recently earned honors as the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women’s Division II National Player of the Week and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

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