BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – After putting together the second four-game winning streak in program history last week, the Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team will attempt to have its first-ever five-game winning streak when the Lions head to Haverford College for a non-conference game on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Bryn Athyn ended last Saturday's game against Gallaudet with an 11-5 run in the final 3:11 to pick up a 76-70 victory over the visiting Bison an improve to 5-2. Rahim Washington led the Lions with a team-high 20 points, nine coming during the final surge. Lamarr Crenshaw racked up 19 points, while Christian Rivera added 13 points.
The Lions shot a season-best 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the field in the win.
Haverford dipped to 3-5 after an 88-79 loss to Muhlenberg on Dec. 6. Jonathan Lang led four Fords in double figures with 16 points. Haverford shot 54.2 percent (32-of-59) from the field, including 40.0 percent (10-of-25) from 3-point range. The difference in the game came at the free throw line as Muhlenberg was 20-of-28 at the stripe at Haverford was only 5-of-7.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Bryn Athyn's offense has come to life during the four-game winning streak. The Lions are averaging 79.0 points per game to bring their season average to 72.4 points. Bryn Athyn's overall shooting percentage is up to 40.8 percent thanks to the team shooting 45.8 percent in the last four games.
In non-conference play, the Lions are 2-2 and scoring 68.3 points per game on 37.5 percent shooting.
Rahim Washington and Lamarr Crenshaw have teamed up to pace the offense over the last four games, averaging 19.5 and 18.8 points per game, respectively. Washington was the leading scorer in wins over the College of Saint Elizabeth. Crenshaw and Washington co-led the team during the win against Valley Forge. Washington is third in the NEAC in minutes per game at 37.7, while Crenshaw is fourth at 37.4.
Washington is fourth in the NEAC in scoring (18.9 ppg), seventh in made free throws (33), and ninth in steals (15). He has led the team in scoring four times this season and the Lions are 3-1 in those games.
Crenshaw has increased his scoring output to 16.0 points per game to rank 13th in the conference.
Christian Rivera is averaging 12.5 points and 7.8 rebounds during the winning streak and is up to 10.0 points per game for the season.
Haverford averages 75.9 points per game, which is sixth in the Centennial Conference. The Fords make 28.0 shots per game and shoot 46.3 percent from the field to rank third and fifth, respectively, in the conference. Haverford is good at taking the ball away, averaging 9.1 steals per game, which is second in the conference.
In three home games, Haverford is 1-2, scoring 72.7 points per game, and shooting 40.7 percent from 3-point range. The Fords are 2-2 in non-conference play and putting up 82.0 points in those games and connecting on 47.9 percent of their shots from the field.
Joe Scibelli is the Fords' top scorer, 10th in the Centennial, with 14.3 points per game. Jonathan Lang is adding 13.6 points per game and ranks second in the conference with 19 steals. Kahlil Garnes is contributing 13.1 points per game on conference's ninth-best 3-point percentage of 44.4. He is also seventh in the Centennial with 12 steals.
Last season was the first meeting between the Lions and Fords with Bryn Athyn pulling out a 68-66 win in Asplundh Field House. Deion Boyer had two free throws with 19 seconds left to put Bryn Athyn up 67-66. The Bryn Athyn forced a missed 3-pointer and a turnover on Haverford's final two possessions. Austin Nyekan led Bryn Athyn with 18 points.