Friday, December 29, 2017

Bloomsburg Men's Basketball Returns To Action Saturday At Lock Haven

STARTING FIVE ...
- The Huskies and the Bald Eagles will meet for the 136th time on Saturday with Bloomsburg leading the all-time series, 100-35. The Huskies have won five straight and nine of the last ten against the Bald Eagles dating back to the 2011-12 season.

- Graduate student Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) has really stepped up over the last six games. He has reached double figures in five of the last six contests and is averaging 13.2 points while shooting 33-of-53 (62.3%) from the field during the stretch. He averaged 3.7 points on 4-of-17 (23.5%) from the field in his first three games.


- With 5:49 left in the first half during the overtime loss at IUP, redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton)became the school's all-time leader in career three-pointers made with his 238th career make, surpassing Lorenzo Christmas(Norristown/Norristown)' previous record of 237 from 2010-14. Mortellite now has 256 made threes for his career. The all-time Bloomsburg record (men or women) is held by Dana Wieller who hit 332 during her career from 2009-13.

- Mortellite has moved into third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,685 career points. He trails only the school's all-time leading scorer, Mike Ellzy (1,911) and Jerry Radocha (1,778). Mortellite set the Bloomsburg single-season school-record last season with 613 points. With 17 games left in the regular season, Mortellite needs to average 13.4 points per game to break the record.

- Senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) has recorded 92 career blocked shots. He needs one to tie Moustapha Noumbissi (Upper Darby/Delaware County Christian School) (2011-14) for seventh and eight to tie Seth Buckwalter (1997-01) for sixth on the school's all-time list.

THE COACHES ...
John Sanow is in his 12th season as head coach of the Huskies and sports an overall record of 138-167. Over the last six seasons, Sanow has guided the Huskies to a PSAC Tournament berth five times and a share of the PSAC Eastern Division regular season championship in 2011-12. He was also named the PSAC East Coach of the Year that season. Overall, Sanow has more than 25 years of experience with previous coaching stops at the University of Vermont along with Division II schools Gannon University and Pitt-Johnstown. He also spent 11 years as an assistant coach at Division I St. Francis of Pennsylvania.

Mike Nestor is in his seventh season as the head coach at Lock Haven. He has guided the Bald Eagles to a 61-106 overall record. Last season, Lock Haven made the PSAC tournament for the fourth consecutive season - the first time a Lock Haven team has made the playoffs in that long of a stretch since the 1986-87 to 1989-90 seasons. In his first two seasons, Nestor went 6-44 but has guided the Bald Eagles to a 55-62 record in the last four-plus years. Nestor played four seasons at Shippensburg (1995-99) where he was a two-year team captain.
 
THE SERIES ...

The Huskies lead the all-time series against Lock Haven, 100-35, including a pair of victories over the Bald Eagles last season. Bloomsburg won at Lock Haven, 93-76, on January 25 before hanging on for an 82-79 win over the Bald Eagles in the regular season finale on February 25 in Bloomsburg.

LAST TIME OUT ...
Bloomsburg got 22 points from redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) and 20 points from senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) as the Huskies held off pesky Clarion University, 83-80, on Saturday, December 9, at the Nelson Field House. With the victory, Bloomsburg picked up its first league win of the season as it improved to 5-4 overall and 1-4 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division standings. Mortellite struggled with his shot for much of the afternoon but still managed to post his sixth 20-point effort of the season. He finished 9-of-21 from the field but made only 2-of-11 from beyond the arc. Mortellite added a team-high eight rebounds and also chipped in three assists and a pair of steals. Rose, meanwhile, shot 7-of-12 from the floor and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line en route to a season-high 20 points. The senior added five rebounds and blocked three shots. Sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) was also in double figures for the Huskies as he finished with 14 points and a career-high seven assists. The trio offset a monster performance from Clarion's Kyheim Hall who finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort for the Golden Eagles.

Lock Haven jumped out to a 51-29 lead at halftime and cruised to a 107-73 victory over Penn State Mont Alto on Monday, December 18. The Bald Eagles had five players in double figures, led by Alsmith Saintilus who posted 19 points in 16 minutes off the bench. Amir Hinton stuffed the box score as he added 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and five steals in the victory. Lock Haven shot 57.5% from the field and connected on 9-of-19 from beyond the arc. The Bald Eagles also out-rebounded Penn State Mont Alto, 50-27.

SCOUTING BLOOMSBURG ...
Bloomsburg enters the matchup with a 5-4 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the PSAC Eastern Division standings. The Huskies average 79.9 points per game on offense - seventh in the PSAC - and allow 76.3 points per game on defense - 12th in the conference. Bloomsburg ranks ninth in the league in rebounding margin (+1.7) and tied for 10th in the league in turnover margin (+0.44).

Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) leads the Huskies, and is third in the PSAC, in scoring by averaging 22.3 points per game. He has scored at least 25 points five times and has reached double figures in eight of the nine contests. Mortellite had back-to-back 31-point efforts at Felician and against California - the sixth and seventh 30-point games of his collegiate career. At IUP on November 19, Mortellite became the school's all-time leader in career three-pointers made as he has now made 256 for his career. Mortellite also leads the team, and is eighth in the PSAC, in rebounding (8.4). He also leads the team in steals (1.8) and is second in assists (3.4). Sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game. Mauras had a season-high 21 points in the loss against Slippery Rock. He leads the team in assists with 38 and ranks seventh in the PSAC in assists per game (4.2). He is also seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) Senior Kyle-Michael Rose(Middletown, Del./Sanford School) averages 12.1 points per game and leads the team with 23 blocked shots. He ranks second in the PSAC in blocks per game (2.6) and is eighth on the school's all-time list with 92 career swats. Rose is coming off of a season-high 20 points against Clarion. Graduate student Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) has really stepped up over the last six games. He has reached double figures in five of the last six contests and is averaging 13.2 points while shooting 33-of-53 (62.3%) from the field during the stretch. He averaged 3.7 points on 4-of-17 (23.5%) from the field in the first three games.

SCOUTING LOCK HAVEN ...
Lock Haven comes in to the contest with a 3-6 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the PSAC Eastern Division. The Bald Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak in their last game after posting a 107-73 victory over Penn State Mont Alto. Even with the 100-plus-point effort, Lock Haven is only 14th in the PSAC in scoring as it averages 74.0 points per game. Lock Haven is tenth in the PSAC in scoring defense at 72.9. The Bald Eagles are 16th in rebounding margin (-3.9) but are third in the conference in turnover margin (+5.33). Only East Stroudsburg (+8.78) and Millersville (+6.36) are better.

After a sensational rookie season, redshirt sophomore Amir Hinton is back at it in 2017-18 as he leads the Bald Eagles in scoring at 22.4 points per game - second in the PSAC. He also leads the team in rebounds (5.4), assists (3.0), and steals (3.6). His steals figure is tops in the conference. Redshirt senior Ra'eese Hunt is the only other Bald Eagle in double figures as he scores 13.7 points per game.

ANOTHER RECORD ...
Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) became the school's all-time leader in career three-pointers at IUP on Sunday, November 19, as he broke Lorenzo Christmas (Norristown/Norristown)' previous record of 237 from 2010-14. Mortellite now holds the school record for most career triples (256), most single-season triples (110), and most points in a single season (613).

MORE ON MORTELLITE ...
All eyes are on Mortellite as he tries to become the school's all-time leading scorer. The sharpshooter currently sits in third place on the school's all-time list with 1,685 career points. Mortellite has 48 career 20-point efforts (88 games). He has hit double figures in 70 of his last 74 games and has been held to under 10 points in a game only 11 times in his career. Mortellite needs 94 points to pass Jerry Radocha (1973-77) for second and needs 227 points to become the school's all-time leader. Mike Ellzy (1993-97) currently holds the record with 1,911 career points.

WELCOME TO DIVISION II ...
Bloomsburg has three Division I transfers on this year's roster - sophomore Austin Harriott (Philadelphia, Pa./Hun School) (Loyola (Md.)), sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) (Old Dominion), and graduate student Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) (Princeton) - and all three have made impacts early. Mauras, the starting point guard, is second on the team in scoring (12.9) and leads the team - seventh in the PSAC - in assists (4.2). Moore also starts and, after a slow beginning, is averaging 10.0 points and 5.2 rebounds. Moore is averaging 13.2 points over his last six games while shooting 33-of-53 (62.3%) from the field during the stretch. Harriott is the first player off of the Huskies' bench and averages 7.7 points while ranking second on the team in rebounding (6.0).

DOWNTOWN WITH THE HUSKIES ...
The Huskies have made at least one three-pointer in 190 consecutive games. The last time Bloomsburg did not make a three in a game was on December 4, 2010 in a 54-51 loss at Lock Haven when it went 0-7 from beyond the arc. Bloomsburg made at least ten three-pointers in a game eight times last season after achieving that feat just one time last in 2015-16. Bloomsburg has reached double digits once this season but has made at least five in eight of the nine games.

GETTING TO THE STRIPE ...
Bloomsburg is shooting 72.9% from the free throw line this season and has outscored its opponents from the stripe in eight of the first nine games. Bloomsburg gets to the line an average of 22.1 times per game. The Huskies are +43 from the foul line this season (145-102). Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) leads the Huskies as he has made 30-of-32 this season (93.8%) while Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) has connected on 36-of-39 (92.3%). All told, the Huskies are 145-of-199 from the line which includes Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School), who has gone just 16-of-44 (36.4%) from the stripe. If Moore's numbers are taken out, the other 11 players have combined to go 129-of-155 (83.2%).

IT'S ROUGH OUT WEST ...
Since the 2012-13 season, the Huskies are just 9-27 against opponents from the PSAC Western Division and just 2-16 in games played on the road against such opponents. Bloomsburg went 4-2 against PSAC West foes during the 2015-16 season - 2-1 on the road. Bloomsburg is 1-4 against West teams this season with one more game - at Seton Hill on January 17 - left on the schedule.

COMING UP ROSES ...
With his 23 blocks through the first nine games of the season, senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) has moved into ninth on the school's all-time list with 92 career blocks. He is eight blocks away from becoming the seventh player in school history to record 100 career blocks. Larry Webster (Hagerstown, MD/Elkton) holds the career record with 175. Rose currently ranks second in the PSAC in blocks per game (2.6).

KACH ATTACK ...
Freshman Matthew Kachelries (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) was named the PSAC East Freshman of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday, November 27. Kachelries posted career-highs in points (18), steals (4), and blocked shots (3) as he helped the Huskies to an 86-67 victory over Holy Family on Tuesday, November 21, in the team's only game that week. His previous high in points was 10 against Penn State Hazleton in the season opener. He also tied a career-high with three rebounds in the victory.

UP NEXT ...
The Huskies will head to Kutztown University on Wednesday, January 3, for a 7:30 p.m. start.


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