Slow start dooms Lions to road loss to Centenary (N.J.)

Slow start dooms Lions to road loss to Centenary (N.J.)

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – The Bryn Athyn College men's basketball team put together a second-half rally, but it wasn't enough to overcome a tough first half as the Lions fell to host Centenary (N.J.), 92-82, in a Colonial States Athletic Conference contest Saturday afternoon.

In the opening 8:02, the Lions (6-18, 3-8 CSAC) struggled finding their shooting touch as they made just one of their first 10 shots and turned the ball over seven times to allow the Cyclones (11-12, 6-4 CSAC) to open up a 30-6 lead. Centenary got out of the gates on a roll, making 12 of its 17 shots, including 5 3-pointers, during the surge.

Bryn Athyn would slowly chip away at the deficit, eventually closing the margin to 43-28 on two Tariq Moore free throws with 1:20 left in the half. The Lions shot 9-of-20 from the field and the defense forced 10 Cyclone turnovers. Moore led with the comeback with eight of his game total 16 points.

Centenary, who shot 58.1 percent from the field—6-of-12 from 3-point range—during the opening 20 minutes, would lead at the half 48-31. Bryn Athyn was a 34.4 percent shooting team in the half.

With the separation sitting at 56-40, Centenary would outscore Bryn Athyn 23-13 over the next 7:07 to take a game-high 79-53 left at the 8:14 mark.

The duration of the game belonged to the Lions as they put together a 29-13 run to close the gap to 10. Larry Stevenson III, Bryn Athyn's leading scorer with 25 points, posted 11 points during the surge. The Lions made 10 of their 18 shots, including 5 threes.

Saleem Chisholm racked up a career-high 16 points and a team-best eight rebounds for Bryn Athyn.

Centenary had four players reach double figures, led by Chris LaBelle's 20 points. Divine Anderson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Billy Veras and Tom Weiler scored 14 points each. Veras also had a game-high 14 rebounds.

The Cyclones ended up shooting 54.5 percent (36-of-66) overall, 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from 3-point range and Bryn Athyn finished at 42.3 percent (30-of-71), 31.4 percent (11-of-35) from behind the arc.

Bryn Athyn returns to Asplundh Field House to close out the 2018-19 season against Rosemont College at 1 p.m.