READING, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team suffered its second consecutive heartbreaking loss as the Lions came up one point short in a 90-89 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) loss to host Penn State Berks Saturday afternoon.
The Lions (7-12, 4-7 NEAC) held an 89-85 advantage with just 92 seconds left in the contest thanks to a Lamarr Crenshaw layup. Penn State Berks (2-16, 2-8 NEAC) answered back inside of the final minute with to baskets separated by eight seconds to knot the score at 89.
On Bryn Athyn's next possession Crenshaw—the Lions' leading scorer with 23 points—had a chance to put the Lions in front with 44 seconds remaining as he was able to get the free throw line. However, Crenshaw missed both free throws and Penn State Berks' Matt Seip grabbed the defensive rebound.
Seip drew a foul on the ensuing possession with 19 seconds left and hit one of his two free throw attempts to give the home team the lead. Bryn Athyn had an opportunity to earn the win of the game's final possession, but Rahim Washington's driving layup missed the mark as time expired.
Neither team established much as an advantage during the 40 minutes of action as the game had 13 ties and 17 lead changes. The second half alone featured 12 lead changes and 10 deadlocks.
Bryn Athyn came out strong out of the gate, scoring five points in the opening 56 seconds to take a 5-0 lead, its largest lead of the game. The Lions stayed in front until the Nittany Lions ran off seven in a row to take its first lead of the game at 13-11.
The Lions briefly regained the lead when Okoye Taylor hit a 3-pointer and Washington hit a layup on consecutive possessions to give them a 28-27 advantage. With the game even at 35, Penn State Berks went on a 10-4 surge to move ahead by a game-high six points (45-39) with 2:23 left in the half.
Bryn Athyn closed the half on a 6-2 run to pull within 47-45 at the break.
Nelson Hine was Penn State Berks' leading scorer with a game-high 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting. David Dimeo had 19 points and Seip ended up with 13 points.
The Nittany Lions shot 58.7 percent (37-of-63) from the field, 50.0 percent (10-of-20) from behind the arc. Bryn Athyn made 54.1 percent (33-of-61) of its shots, including 36.8 percent (7-of-19) of its 3-pointers.
Bryn Athyn returns to Asplundh Field House to take on Wilson College in a NEAC clash on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.