BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team couldn't completely erase a 25-point second-half deficit and fell to visiting Neumann, 80-68, in the Lions' home opener Tuesday night in Asplundh Field House.
Tariq Moore had a big second half for Bryn Athyn (0-5) with 11 points and finished with a team-high 15 points. Dante Lanzetta came off-the-bench to hit four 3-points in a 14-point night. Lanzetta also had seven rebounds, three assists, and a steal.
Neumann (4-3) opened up a 58-33 advantage with 14:17 remaining on the contest on a Jordyn Kendrick 3-point basket. The Lions chipped away at the gap, getting back within 18 points when Moore drained a fast-break layup with just more than 10 minutes left to go.
After Anthony Mitchell—Neumann's leading scorer with 20 points—drained a layup that allowed the Knights to reclaim a 21-point cushion (63-42), Bryn Athyn—led by all eight of Lanzetta's second-half points—outscored Neumann 18-7 over the next seven minutes to cut the gap to 70-60 with 1:56 remaining.
Neumann was able to keep Bryn Athyn at bay by hitting 10 of its final 14 free throw attempts and seal the game.
In the first half, Bryn Athyn erased an early 14-7 deficit with a 10-2 surge to move in front 17-16 on a Haybert Louchie bucket. The advantage would be short-lived as Neumann answered back with eight consecutive points to move back in front by seven (24-17). The Knights' first-half lead would get as large as 44-27.
Mitchell finished the game with 11 points to complete a double-double. Haneef Vaughn nearly posted a triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. Nasir Cassel ended the game with 15 points, while Waheem Lowman had 12 points.
Neumann shot 41.5 percent (27-of-65) from the field and 66.7 percent (22-of-33) from the free throw line. Bryn Athyn made 34.3 percent (23-of-67) of its shots and 73.7 percent (14-of-19) of its free throws.
Bryn Athyn begins Colonial States Athletic Conference play when it travels to Clarks Summit on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m.
(photo credit: Fredrik Bryntesson)