BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Led by 21-point efforts from Rahim Washington and Lamarr Crenshaw, the Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team turned in its best offensive performance of the season as the Lions defeated the University of Valley Forge 82-69 Tuesday night in Asplundh Field House.
Washington scored a career-high 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting and tied his career-high of three made 3-pointers. He also had five rebounds, four steals, and two assists. In addition to his career-high 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting, Crenshaw grabbed seven rebounds, tying his career high.
In scoring a season-high 82 points, the Lions shot a season-best 47.5 percent (29-of-61) from the field and a season-high 39.1 percent (9-of-21). The 29 made baskets and nine 3-pointers are the most by the team this season. Bryn Athyn finished the game with a season-best 15 assists.
The Lions started the game making six of their first nine shots in the opening five minutes as they stormed out to a 15-4 lead. Jerome Staley knocked down both of his 3-point attempts to lead the surge with six points.
After Valley Forge (0-4) closed the Bryn Athyn advantage to seven, the Lions roared back with a 10-4 surge to take a half-high 13-point lead (25-12) on a Devante Laws free throw the 10:30 mark. With their lead down to five (33-28), Bryn Athyn ended the half by going on an 11-5 run over the last 4:13 to go to the break up 44-33.
Behind a 5-for-6 shooting effort to begin the second half, Bryn Athyn—led by six Crenshaw points—went on a 13-2 run to widen the gap to 57-35. On the defensive side, the Lions held the Patriots to 1-of-5 shooting during the 3:02 span.
A Crenshaw 3-pointer with 9:20 left in the contest allowed Bryn Athyn to take a game-high 23-point lead, 72-49. Valley Forge managed to get back within 10 (73-63) on a Todd James jumper with 3:12 left to play.
Alex Sanchez—ranked 15th in Division III in scoring—led Valley Forge with just 14 points, nearly 13 points under his season average. Emmanuel Ijomah came off the bench to score 12 points, while James finished with 10 points. Sean Word grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Bryn Athyn travels to Wilson to start North Eastern Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m.