IMMACULATA, Pa. – Joe Morici scored a career-high 16 points for the Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team, but Immaculata's Jordan Ambrose made a free throw with five seconds left to hand the Lions a tough 65-64 non-conference loss Tuesday night in Alumnae Hall.
Morici—whose previous career-high was 15 points at Haverford just six days ago—had a very efficient night shooting the ball as he went 6-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range. He also grabbed four rebounds.
Bryn Athyn had its best shooting game of the season as the Lions shot 46.0 percent (23-of-50) from the field overall and 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from behind the 3-point arc, both season highs.
Burr and Louchie got the Lions off to a blazing second-half start by combining to shoot 5-of-6 from the field and score all 12 points during a 12-2 run that gave Bryn Athyn a 43-34 lead four minutes into the half. Burr made two 3-pointers, while Louchie drained all three of his shot attempts.
After an Okoye Taylor layup allowed Bryn Athyn to reclaim an eight-point lead (53-45), Immaculata (2-5) would go on an 8-1 run to close the Lion advantage to 54-53 with 7:27 left in the contest. Bryn Athyn's lead would get back to five points when Burr went 1-for-2 at the free throw line with 2:53 left to make the score 62-57.
With 34 seconds left and the score sitting at 64-61, Immaculata's Brandon McCullough drained a 3-pointer to cap off a 21-point effort and level the score. On Bryn Athyn's next possession, Taylor missed long on a go-ahead 3-point attempt from the right corner. Ambrose—who had a game-high 26 points—collected the rebound and then was fouled. He missed the first free throw and made the second one to put Immaculata ahead for the first time since halftime.
Burr's game-winning 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed the mark.
In the first half, Bryn Athyn erased a 20-13 deficit with a run of 16 straight points to go ahead 29-20 on a Taylor 3-pointer at the 4:15 mark. Immaculata answered back by outscoring Bryn Athyn 12-2 over the final 4:15 to lead 32-31 at the half.
Bryn Athyn (0-10) plays its last home game of the calendar year on Friday, Dec. 20 against Delaware Valley University at 7 p.m.