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Men's basketball suffers first NEAC loss of the season to Penn State Abington

Men's basketball suffers first NEAC loss of the season to Penn State Abington
ABINGTON, Pa. -- The Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team dropped its first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game of the 2017-18 season by a 101-77 score to host Penn State Abington Wednesday night.
Rahim Washington led the Lions (6-7, 3-1 NEAC) with a game-high 24 points on 7-of-17 shooting, 3-of-7 from 3-point range. Jerome Staley came off-the-bench to record a career-high 13 points and a team-best eight rebounds. Christian Rivera added 12 points, while Larry Stevenson III contributed a career-high 11 points, four assists, and three steals.
Led by 20 of Washington's 24 points, Bryn Athyn led by six at halftime after winning a high-scoring first half, 47-41. The Lions shot 53.1 percent (17-of-32) from the field, 45.0 percent (9-of-20) from 3-point range.
Bryn Athyn opened the game by making its first five shots to sprint out to a 13-2 advantage just over four minutes into the game. Washington and Stevenson III both made a layup and 3-pointer to lead the charge with five points each. The Lion defense forced three Nittany Lion turnovers during the run.
After Penn State Abington (4-7, 2-2 NEAC) closed the gap to 19-14 with 13:01 left in the half, the Lions knocked down four of their next eight shots to outscore the Nittany Lions 11-3 over a three-minute span to open up a game-high 13-point lead, 30-17, on a Washington layup.
With Bryn Athyn's lead sitting at 45-33 on a pair of Washington free throws at the 4:29 mark, Penn State Abington closed out the half on an 8-2 run to close the gap to six at the break.
Rivera started the second half with a layup on the Lions' first possession to push the lead back up to eight points (49-41). Penn State Abington ran off 16 of the next 21 points to move ahead 57-54 at the 14:09 mark. Staley connected on one of his three 3-point baskets to bring the Lions within 60-59. Then, the Nittany Lions extended their lead to 74-64 with a 14-5 run.
Bryn Athyn would get as close as nine points when James Flagg drained a layup with 8:30 left to play to make the score 76-67. The Nittany Lions closed out the game with a 25-10 surge.
Penn State Abington had six players reach double figures in scoring, led by a 16-point effort from Devin Hill. Pernell Ghee posted 15 points and nine rebounds, while Jordan Lomax added 11 points and 10 boards.
The Nittany Lions finished the game shooting 61.9 percent (39-of-63) from the floor, 45.0 percent (9-of-20) from 3-point range. Bryn Athyn connected on 40.3 percent (25-of-62) of its shots, 33.3 percent (12-of-36) on its 3-pointers. Penn State Abington owned a 47-24 rebounding advantage.
Bryn Athyn returns home on Saturday, Jan. 13 to face SUNY Poly in a NEAC contest at 1 p.m. in Asplundh Field House.