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Men's basketball edged out by College of Saint Elizabeth

Men's basketball edged out by College of Saint Elizabeth

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – The Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team had five players reach double figures, but the Lions were edged out by the College of Saint Elizabeth, 73-71, in a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) clash in Saint Joseph Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

Tariq Moore, the third-highest scorer in the CSAC, continued his strong play in 2019 as he racked up 16 points, a career-high 13 rebounds, and a career-best seven assists. It was Moore's second-career double-double.

Haybert Louchie had a solid afternoon, contributing 14 points and tying his career-high in rebounds with eight. Anthony Burr scored 13 points, while Okoye Taylor and Joe Morici each added 12 points.

With 5:18 left in the contest, Moore sank two free throws to tie the score at 66 and completely wipe out Saint Elizabeth's (6-2, 2-0 CSAC) 18-point first-half advantage. The Eagles' Jason Saldiveri broke a 1:47 scoreless string of basketball by both teams with two free throws to put the home team back in the lead, 68-66. On Saint Elizabeth's next possession, Lance Rhoden hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead back up to five.

Over a 90-second span, Bryn Athyn closed the margin to 71-69 thanks to a 2-for-2 trip to the free-throw line by Taylor and another free throw from Louchie. However, the Eagles sealed the game on its final possession, a Cam Tucker layup with 17 seconds left.

Bryn Athyn played from behind the entire first half, trailing 31-13 at the 9:03 mark. Then, the Lions, led by six points each from Moore and Burr, outscored the Eagles 20-11 the rest of the way to close the gap to single digits at halftime, 47-38.

Tucker was one of five Eagles to score in double figures with 16 points. Ted Thelemaque added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Bryn Athyn finished the game as the better shooting team, 42.9 percent (24-of-56) to 39.4 percent (28-of-71), and held the advantage at the free-throw line, 66.7 percent (18-of-27) to 63.6 percent (7-of-11). The Lions also won the rebounding battle, 45-43.

Bryn Athyn (0-9, 0-3 CSAC) travels to Immaculata for a non-conference game on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.