BRYN ATYHN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team battled with North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) northern division leader SUNY Poly for 45 minutes Saturday afternoon in Asplundh Field House. In the end, the game came down to a Frank Reali left wing 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds in overtime to hand the Lions an 86-83 loss.
Bryn Athyn (6-8, 3-2 NEAC) held an 83-80 lead after Lamarr Crenshaw, who had 16 points in a reserve role, made two free throws with 1:18 left in the extra session. On SUNY Poly's next possession, Tymeek Mackie hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 83.
Kevin Williams—the Wildcats' leading scorer with a game-high 23 points—had a chance to put the visitors in front, but missed both of his free throw attempts with 14 seconds to go. However, Mackie grabbed the offensive rebound to setup Reali's triple.
The Lions had a tremendous opening 20 minutes, shooting a season-best 70.8 percent (17-of-24) from the field, 57.1 percent (4-for-7) from 3-point range, to lead 41-32 at the half. Bryn Athyn led by as many as 11 points when Rahim Washington—the Lions' top scorer with 22 points—knocked down a jumper at the 13:10 mark to make the score 15-4. Christian Rivera scored 13 of his 17 points in the opening half, while Washington finished with 11 points.
In the second half, Bryn Athyn found itself down six points when SUNY Poly went on a 9-2 run to move in front 61-55 with 7:23 to play. Crenshaw drained a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left in regulation to bring the Lions 70-69. After Reali—who had 10 points—countered with two free throws of his own to put SUNY Poly back up 72-69, Washington connected on 3-pointer from the right wing with four seconds left to knot the score at 72.
The Lions forced a turnover on the Wildcats' next possession to have a chance at the win. Unfortunately, Bryn Athyn couldn't get off a shot in the final second to win the game.
Larry Stevenson III had a career-high 20 points for the Lions on 7-of-9 shooting.
Bryn Athyn finished the game shooting 50.8 percent (30-of-59) from the field, while SUNY Poly (8-5, 4-0 NEAC) shot 48.5 percent (32-of-66).
The Lions welcome SUNY Cobleskill to Asplundh Field House for a NEAC battle on Sunday, Jan. 14 at noon.