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La Salle signs Giannini to extension

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - La Salle has rewarded coach John Giannini with a contract extension after he led the Explorers to their best NCAA tournament run since 1955.

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Terms of the deal were not released Thursday. Giannini led the Explorers (24-10) to their first NCAA appearance since 1992, and they went all the way to the round of 16. La Salle beat Boise State in the ``First Four,'' then defeated Kansas State and Mississippi. The Explorers also upset Top 25 teams Butler and VCU in the same week during the regular season.

Giannini is 143-138 in nine seasons with La Salle and made a trip to the NIT in 2012. His 143 wins are third-most in La Salle history.

Giannini calls it an ``honor'' to coach at the school and says he remains ``deeply invested'' in the program.

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