CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team scored the final four points in Saturday's North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) at Wilson College to snap a 76-all tie and earn a hard-fought 80-76 road victory over the Phoenix.
Jerome Staley, one of his players in double figures with 12 points, went to the free throw line with 21 seconds left in the contest after getting fouled while grabbing a defensive rebound and went 1-for-2 from the free throw line to break the deadlock.
The Lions (3-2, 1-0 NEAC) would get the ball back when Devante Laws drew an offensive foul on Wilson's next possession. Wilson (3-3, 0-2 NEAC) would send Christian Rivera to the free throw line, where he would hit both attempts to extend the lead to 79-76 with 12 seconds left.
Rivera got the ball in his hands one final time as he grabbed the rebound of a missed Ian Hess jumper. He ended up back at the stripe and went for 1-for-2 to close out a 22-point, 10 rebound day and seal the win. The 22 points and 10 rebounds are both season highs.
Bryn Athyn trailed by a game-high eight points (45-37) at the 17:36 mark of the second half. The Lions chipped away at the Wilson advantage until Laws knocked down a 3-pointer with 13:37 remaining to tie the score at 52. Just over three minutes later, Lamarr Crenshaw capped a quick 5-0 spurt to put the Lions in front 61-60.
Bryn Athyn found itself back down six points after Wilson ran off seven consecutive points to make the score 69-63. The Lions fought back to take a 76-74 lead with 2:46 to go thanks to a 13-5 run, finished by a Rivera 3-pointer.
Rahim Washington added 13 points for the Lions, while Laws and Crenshaw had 12.
Ian Frazier was Wilson's leading scorer with 20 points. Zachary Powell added 16 points, while Keion Adams corralled a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Lions shot 43.3 percent (29-of-67) from the field and 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from 3-point range. During the 47-point second half, Bryn Athyn was a 47.1 percent (16-of-34) shooting team. Wilson connected on 45.8 percent (27-of-59) of its shots.
Bryn Athyn returns to Asplundh Field House to face the College of Saint Elizabeth on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.