La Salle men's basketball team has won seven of its past eight games. Hartford hasn't won any games at all. The two teams moving in opposite directions meet on Saturday afternoon for a New Year's Eve tilt at La Salle's Tom Gola Arena (2 p.m.).
The meeting will be La Salle's last before starting its Atlantic 10 Conference slate on Wednesday against Xavier. The Explorers have won two straight and have lost just once since dropping consecutive contests to Pittsburgh and Robert Morris in late November. In La Salle's last game, Tyreek Duren's 23 points and five assists led the Explorers to a 70-53 victory against Boston University.
Hartford came tantalizingly close to ending its winless skid on Dec. 21 against Marist, but the Hawks fell 89-86 in double overtime after freshman Nate Sikma -- who scored a career-high 23 points -- fouled out.
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