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Lions overpower Valley Forge 82-59 in final non-conference game of season

Lions overpower Valley Forge 82-59  in final non-conference game of season

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Led by 21 points from Larry Stevenson III, the Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team finished up non-conference play with a convincing 82-59 victory over the University of Valley Forge in Asplundh Field House Wednesday.

Okoye Taylor came off-the-bench to knock down four 3-pointers to finish with Bryn Athyn 14 points, while Rahim Washington added 10 points for the Lions (6-15)—who had 11 different players get into the scoring column for the second time in the last three games. Washington also dished out eight assists and grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Bryn Athyn never trailed in the contest as the Lions made five of their first seven shots to storm out to a 13-4 lead on a Stevenson III 3-pointer in opening four minutes of the contest. Valley Forge (1-15) fought back to close the gap to 15-12, but Bryn Athyn answered right back with 11 of the next 15 points, led by six points from Taylor, to take its first double-digit lead of the game (26-16) on a Dante Lanzetta triple with 7:30 before halftime.

With the lead down to seven (31-24), the Lions strung together a strong end to the first half by outscoring the Patriots 11-2 in the final 3:30 to take a 42-26 lead at the break. Stevenson III scored seven of the 11 points, while Washington added three.

Bryn Athyn finished the first half shooting 47.1 percent (16-of-34) while holding Valley Forge to 34.4 percent (11-of-32).

Like the first half, Bryn Athyn got off to a 13-4 start in the first five minutes of the second half to widen the gap to a game-high 25-point lead (55-30) on the third of four Taylor 3-pointers. Four different players contributed to the run, topped by four points from Washington.

The Patriots attempted a pair of fight-back attempts but ended up only trimming the Lion lead to 14 each time. Bryn Athyn was leading 67-53 when it went on a 9-0 surge to establish a 76-53 lead on a Taylor jumper with 3:59 left to put the game away.

Cody Collins led the way for Valley Forge with 26 points on 11-of-27 shooting and 14 rebounds. Aaron Hill added 17 points, while Sean Word grabbed 17 rebounds.

After shooting 50.0 percent in the second half, the Lions ended the game shooting 48.4 percent (30-of-62) overall, 32.3 percent (10-of-31) from 3-point range. The Patriots shot 34.5 percent (20-of-58) from the field.

Bryn Athyn goes on the road to return to Colonial States Athletic Conference play at Keystone on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m.