BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Christian Rivera put up a season-high 28 points, nine assists, five steals, and four rebounds for the Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team in an 88-68 North Eastern Athletic Conference Senior Day victory over Penn State Berks Saturday afternoon in Asplundh Field House.
Prior to the opening tip, the Lions (9-15, 6-9 NEAC) honored seniors James Flagg and Rivera in a Senior Day celebration.
Once the game started, Rivera turned in a dominating performance as he shot 13-of-23 from the field, 2-of-6 from 3-point range. Rivera—who fell like two points shy of his career-high of 30 points—scored 20 points on 9-of-14 during the first half to help Bryn Athyn lead 45-42 at the half.
Rivera took only nine shots in the second half, scoring eight points, but was solid disturbing the ball on offense and a strong job on defense as he contributed six assists and five steals during the final 20 minutes.
After Berks (2-20, 2-12 NEAC) scored four of the six points of the second half to cut the Bryn Athyn advantage to 47-46, Rivera knocked down a layup at the 18:54 mark to start a 14-4 run that extended the Lion to 61-50, their first double-digit lead since 39-28. The Lions shot 6-for-10 from the field while forcing the Nittany Lions into 2-of-8 shooting and five turnovers.
With the Lion advantage sitting at 71-59, Bryn Athyn outscored Berks 15-4 over a six-minute span, led by seven of Lamarr Crenshaw's 16 points, to take a game-high 23-point lead (86-63) on a Rahim Washington layup with 1:38 left.
Okoye Taylor added 13 points in a reserve role, while Flagg finished up with 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
The Lions got off to a quick start, going on a 23-8 run over the opening 8:03 to get to a 15-point lead. Rivera scored 13 of the 23 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
After Rivera extended the Bryn Athyn to 37-21 with his second 3-pointer of the day, Berks came back to score 21 of the next 26 points to level the score at 42 with 45 seconds left in the half. Taylor gave the Lions a 45-42 advantage at the half with a 3-point basket with 24 seconds remaining.
Matt Seip paced Berks with 20 points and seven rebounds. Tyheem Albright posted 15 points, while David Dimeo had 11 points.
Thanks to a 10-rebound performance by Crenshaw, the Lions won the rebounding battled 39-36.
Bryn Athyn shot 48.6 percent (34-of-70) from the field, 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from 3-point range. Berks hit 44.4 percent (28-of-63) of its shots, but only 11.1 percent (2-of-18) of its 3-pointers.
Bryn Athyn closes out the 2017-18 season on Saturday, Feb. 17 with a trip to Lancaster Bible College for a noon tip.