Solid all-around effort by New Jersey men's basketball team helps Knights get past Lions of Bryn Athyn 65-62 in Pennsylvania

The Berkeley College of New Jersey Men’s Basketball team defeated the Lions of Bryn Athyn College by a score of 65-62 on Saturday evening at Memorial Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The victory – the third straight for Berkeley – improved the Knights’ record to 16-10 on the season, while the Lions dropped their third consecutive game and dipped to 10-13 on the year.

The first half of the game was a seesaw battle that featured nine lead changes between the two squads, with neither team able to grab a lead greater than five points in the opening 20 minutes of action. At the half, Berkeley College held a 24-23 lead over Bryn Athyn College.

There were six lead changes to start the second half, with the final exchange taking place with 5:24 remaining in the game when Knights sophomore guard Dukens Germain nailed a jumper to give the Knights a 52-50 lead. After a free throw by sophomore Christian Rivera pulled the Lions to within a point, Berkeley freshman guard Jabree Jackson drained a three-point basket to help the Knights extend their advantage to four points at 55-51 with 4:45 left on the clock.

31 seconds later, a pair of converted free throws by Knights sophomore guard Tasheen Carrow upped Berkeley’s lead to six at 57-51, but back-to-back layups by freshmen Troy Steed and Deion Boyer pulled Bryn Athyn to within two (57-55) with 3:30 left in the contest.

Later on, the Knights led the game by four points – 63-59 – with 14 seconds remaining. The Lions’ Jeff Seigafuse would connect on a three-point basket to pull his squad to within a point – 63-62 – with eight seconds to go in regulation. Berkeley College would then inbound the basketball to Carrow who would draw a foul and head to the line with just six seconds remaining. He would calmly nail both free throws, and the Bryn Athyn was unable to get a shot off following the inbounds pass, as the Knights held on for an impressive three-point victory.

In the win for Berkeley College, it was Germain leading the way for his team, as he scored a team-high 13 points and posted a game-high nine rebounds. Freshman center Vince Richmond also chipped in with 10 points and six boards, and Jackson and Carrow finalized their evenings with eight points apiece.

Despite the loss for the Lions, Boyer led the way for Bryn Athyn as he netted a game-high 14 points. Junior guard Joseph Kehoe added 11 points and four rebounds, and Seigafuse finalized his evening with 10 points.

The Knights will now await word on a potential invitation to participate in the 2013-2014 USCAA Men’s Basketball National Tournament. Berkeley College is hopeful that its 16-10 output during the regular season will be enough to earn a bid into this year’s tourney.