CHESTER, Pa. – Rahim Washington racked up 19 points and nine rebounds for the Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team in a 95-64 season-opening loss to host Widener University in the first round of the Widener Tip-Off for Autism Awareness Friday night in the Schwartz Center.
During the early stages of the first half, the contest was a back-and-forth affair with Bryn Athyn and Widener swapping the lead nine times and neither team leading by more than two points.
Then, the host Pride went off for 33 straight points during an 8:42 stretch to break a 15-all tie and move in front 48-15 with 4:38 left in the first half.
Bryn Athyn played much better in the second half, winning the final 20 minutes 37-34. Led by a 3-of-4 shooting effort—2-of-2 from 3-point range—from Drew Heller, the Lions shot 44.8 percent (13-of-29) in the second half. Heller's eight second-half points paced the team.
Widener (1-0) had three players score in double figures, led by a 19-point night from Tyler Drews. Jalen Howard and Nick Jackson both came off the bench to contribute 14 points. Connor Laverty recorded 11 rebounds.
The Pride shot 45.9 percent (34-of-74) from the floor, 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from the 3-point range, while the Lions finished the game at 34.8 percent (23-of-66) overall, 27.6 percent (8-of-29) from behind the arc. Widener owned a 53-38 rebounding advantage.
Bryn Athyn (0-1) will face York (N.Y.) in the consolation game on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at Widener University.