BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team hosts SUNY Poly on Saturday and SUNY Cobleskill on Sunday during the first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) crossover weekend of the season in Asplundh Field House.
LAST TIME OUT
Rahim Washington had a game-high 24 points for Bryn Athyn in a 101-77 road loss to Penn State Abington on Wednesday night. Jerome Staley posted 13 points and eight rebounds, both career highs, in a reserve role. Christian Rivera had 12 points, while Larry Stevenson III added 11 points.
The Lions shot a season-best 88.2 percent (15-of-17) from the free throw line. Penn State Abington connected on 61.9 percent (39-of-63) of its shots.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
The Lions are now 6-7 overall and 3-1 in the NEAC after suffering their first conference loss of the season at Penn State Abington. After posting his sixth 20+-point game of the season, Washington increased his scoring averaging to 19.4 points per game to remain second in the NEAC. Washington—the team's leading scorer in seven of the last eight games—is first in the NEAC in made field goals (85), second in made free throws (54), and eighth in made 3-pointers (28). He is averaging 23.2 points in the Lions' five home games.
Stevenson III—who was averaging 4.5 points per game in the first 10 games of the season—had posted 9.0 points per game since returning to the starting lineup against Lebanon Valley.
Staley—who returned to the lineup after a three-game absence—posted his second double-digit scoring output of the season.
Lamarr Crenshaw has increased his scoring average to 15.3 points per game, which is 12th in the NEAC. He is the team's top rebounder with 6.6 boards per game. Crenshaw did not play at Penn State Abington.
Rivera is now averaging 14.3 points in NEAC play after his 12-point performance against the Nittany Lions. He has five double-digit scoring efforts this season, four against the NEAC.
SCOUTING SUNY POLY
SUNY Poly has won three of its last four games after a 60-52 win at SUNY Cobleskill on Wednesday night. The Wildcats improved to 7-5 overall and remain in first place in the northern division with a 3-0 NEAC record. Kevin Williams had 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Redell Freeman added 20 points.
The Wildcats are among the best offensive teams in the NEAC, making 47.4 percent of its shots to lead the conference and averaging 79.9 points per game, which is second in the league.
SUNY Poly doesn't take many 3-pointers, ranking 13th with 16.6 attempts per game, but can make the threes they take as the Wildcats are second with a 37.7 3-point percentage.
The team is averaging 17.4 turnovers in their five losses and only 12.4 turnovers in their seven wins.
Freeman is one of the top players in the NEAC as he leads the conference in scoring (20.0 points per game) and assists (63). Freeman is fourth in 3-point shooting (44.1 percent), fifth in made free throws (50), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9), and ninth in steals (22). In conference play, Freeman has 24.3 points per game and a 4.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, both conference highs.
Williams is the NEAC's fourth-best shooter at 54.9 percent and ninth in scoring with 16.5 points per game.
Bryn Athyn is 0-3 all-time against SUNY Poly.
SCOUTING SUNY COBLESKILL
The Fighting Tigers are now 4-8 overall and 1-4 in the NEAC after their loss to SUNY Poly. Joel Costello had 21 points, six rebounds, five assists, and five steals in the loss. Antwan Claxton added 13 points. SUNY Cobleskill has dropped its last five games.
SUNY Cobleskill will be at Wilson on Saturday before coming to Bryn Athyn for Sunday's contest.
The Fighting Tigers' defense is third in the NEAC in scoring defense (71.0 points per game) and opponent 3-point shooting percentage (31.4 percent).
SUNY Cobleskill is much better on the road, where it is 3-2 compared to 1-6 at home. The Fighting Tigers are putting up 82.0 points per game away from home and just 61.9 percent in home games.
Costello and Malik Chambers are leading the Fighting Tigers with 17.7 and 15.1 points per game, respectively. In addition to being sixth in the NEAC in scoring, Costello sits sixth in assists (43) and seventh in steals (24). Chambers, who is 14th in the league in scoring, is the NEAC's sixth-best free throw shooter at 83.3 percent. He is also adding 38 assists and 17 steals.
Bryn Athyn has won the last two games in the series to even its record against SUNY Cobleskill at 2-2. The Lions are 1-1 in Asplundh Field House, including last season's 59-54 win on Feb. 11, 2017.