BRYN ATHYN, Pa. -- Rahim Washington became the third player in Bryn Athyn College men's basketball history to score 1,000 career points in an 81-78 Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) loss to visiting Cairn University Saturday afternoon in Asplundh Field House.
Washington reached the milestone at the 18:18 mark of the second half with a fastbreak layup giving him 17 points at the time. He joins Troy Steed (1,078 points) and Deion Boyer (1,036 points) in the Bryn Athyn 1,000-point club. Washington finished the game with 22 points, giving him 1,005 career points.
Larry Stevenson III was the game's top scorer with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, 6-of-13 from 3-point range. He also added six rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Tariq Moore had a career day as he scored a career-best 20 points, shooting 8-of-15 from the floor.
The visiting Highlanders (13-6, 8-0 CSAC) looked to establish control of the contest early on, getting out to a 14-5 lead. Bryn Athyn (5-15, 3-5 CSAC) bounced back with 11 of the next 13 points to level the score at 16 on an Anthony Burr 3-pointer with 13:13 left in the half.
Cairn pulled away once again, going on a 20-4 run to take a game-high 16-point lead (36-20) with 7:04 left before halftime. Over the next 5:37, Bryn Athyn worked its way back into the half with a 23-8 surge to close with a point (44-43) on a Stevenson III 3-pointer. During the run, Washington scored 12 of his 15 first-half points.
The Highlanders, who shot 66.7 percent (22-of-33) in the first half, led 52-46 at the break.
With the Cairn lead sitting at 59-52, Bryn Athyn would rattle off 17 of the next 21 points to surge out to a 69-63 lead on a Washington triple with 7:54 left in the game. Stevenson led the run with six points, while Moore and Washington each added five points. The Lions made six of their 11 shots, including four 3-pointers.
Stevenson III increased the Lion advantage to a game-high seven points (74-67) with a basket with 6:03 left in the game.
Over the next four minutes, Cairn scored 10 straight points to reclaim a three-point advantage (77-74) on a Malachi Hall layup with two minutes left. The Lions clawed back within 79-78 with sixty seconds remaining on a Stevenson III jumper. After Jeremiah Harris made two free throws with a little over two seconds left, Moore fired up a half-court heave as time ran out that hit the back of the backboard and bounced away.
Julian Collazo was Cairn's top player with 17 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. Hall finished up with 11 points and eight boards. Harris had 15 points, while Jordan Koczman and Brennen Addley added 12 points.
Both teams ended up making 30 baskets. The Lions made 12 3-pointers compared to six for the Highlanders, but Cairn had a 15-6 advantage in made free throws.
Bryn Athyn will play its final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 30 against the University of Valley Forge at 8 p.m. in Asplundh Field House.