BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Despite career-high performances from Rahim Washington and Okoye Taylor, the Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start in a 96-88 non-conference loss to Penn State Brandywine Friday night in Asplundh Field House.
Washington played all 40 minutes and shot 11-of-17 from the field, 5-of-8 from 3-point range, to post a career-high 32 points—the most by a Lion in a game this season. He also had eight rebounds and three assists.
Taylor came off the bench to play a career-best 31 minutes and knocked down all four of his 3-point attempts as part of an 18-point evening.
Lamarr Crenshaw had a big second half to finish the game with 22 points, seven rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. In the final 20 minutes of play, Crenshaw shot 7-of-11 from the field to record 16 points. Christian Rivera added a career-high 10 assists.
Bryn Athyn (6-6) struggled out of the gate as the Lions made just three of their first 15 shots and committed four turnovers in the first 9:06 to fall behind 32-6. After making just two of their first 10 shots, Penn State Brandywine (8-3) would knock down seven of their next 11 shots.
The Lions would get it together over the final 8:04, outscoring the visitors 28-15 to claw within 54-41 at the half. Washington led the surge with 10 points, while Taylor added seven points.
Bryn Athyn ended the half with a better shooting percentage, 50.0 percent (15-of-30) to 48.7 percent (19-of-39), but Penn State Brandywine was red hot from 3-point range by shooting 68.8 percent (11-of-16).
The Lions stumbled out of the blocks to start the second half as the Nittany Lions went on a 11-4 run in the first 4:30 to reclaim a 20-point lead (65-45). Bryn Athyn was 2-of-7 shooting and turned the ball over three times during that span.
On Bryn Athyn's next possession after going down, Washington was fouled on a 3-point shot and knocked down all three free throws to start an 24-10 surge that pulled the Lions within six (75-69) with 8:47 left.
It would as close as Bryn Athyn would get because Penn State Brandywine scored the next seven points to go back up by 13 points, 82-69.
Terrence Brown led Penn State Brandywine with 25 points and nine rebounds. Jams Fisher hit eight 3-pointers to end the night with 24 points.
The Lions finished the game shooting 50.0 percent (33-of-66) from the field, 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from behind the arc. Penn State Brandywine shot 47.9 percent (34-of-71) overall and 50.0 percent (13-of-26) on 3-pointers.
Bryn Athyn makes the short trip to Penn State Abington for a North Eastern Athletic Conference game on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m.