Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Huskies Mauras Sparks Men's Basketball At Seton Hill On Wednesday Night

GREENSBURG, Pa. - Sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) scored 15 of his career-high 22 points in the second half to lift the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team to a 78-70 victory at Seton Hill University on Wednesday night. With the win, the Huskies improved to 10-6 overall and 6-6 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division while the Griffins saw their record fall to 6-11 overall and 3-9 in the PSAC West.

The Huskies built up a 14-point advantage, 52-38, after a three-pointer from freshman Ethan Houston (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle)with 14:58 left in regulation only to see their lead evaporate as the Griffins went on a 16-2 run to tie the game at 54-54 with 9:25 left. But, Mauras came up with, arguably, his biggest three points of the game on Bloomsburg's next possession as he drilled a triple to give the Huskies a 57-54 lead with 8:55 remaining. It was the start of a 9-0 run and the Huskies would never relinquish the advantage from that point as Mauras scored a dozen points over the final 8:55 to help the visitors keep the lead.

Seton Hill got as close as six points twice down the stretch but could get no closer.

Mauras tied a career-high with four three-pointers on the night with his final triple coming over the PSAC's leading shot blocker, Spencer Casson, from the left corner to extend the Bloomsburg lead to nine points, 70-61, with 3:55 remaining. The sophomore added a career-high nine rebounds and tied a career-best with three steals in the victory.

Four other Huskies finished in double figures to aid Mauras offensively. Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) had a bit of an off-night shooting but still finished with 16 points and moved to within 81 points of becoming the school's all-time leading scorer. Mortellite was only 5-of-13 from the field including just 2-of-9 from three-point range. Graduate student Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School), senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School), and sophomore Austin Harriott (Philadelphia, Pa./Hun School) each chipped in 11 points in the victory. Rose, who came into the game ranked second in the PSAC - behind Casson - in blocked shots, posted five blocks on Wednesday night. Casson swatted away two shots for the Griffins.

Houston finished with five points and redshirt sophomore Sam Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) had two to provide the only other scoring for the Huskies.

Seton Hill started quickly as it built up a 13-6 lead after a three-pointer from Nathan Davis with 14:19 left in the opening half. But, the Huskies erased the seven-point deficit and turned it into a six-point lead, 23-17, with a 17-4 run over the next seven minutes. Once Bloomsburg captured the lead - on a dunk from Moore with 9:09 left in the opening stanza - it did not trail the rest of the way.

The Huskies continued to extend the lead and held their largest advantage of the game, 39-23, with 1:38 left before the Griffins scored the final five points of the half to trim the margin to 39-28 as the teams headed to their respective locker rooms.

Bloomsburg kept the lead mostly in double figures at the outset of the second half and got the lead to 52-38 with 14:58 left.

The Huskies shot 26-of-59 (44.1%) from the field and hit 7-of-23 (30.4%) from long range. Bloomsburg did continue its strong shooting from the free-throw line on Wednesday as the Huskies converted 19-of-23 from the stripe (82.6%). The Griffins, meanwhile, went 27-of-67 (40.3%) from the field, 9-of-20 (45.0%) from beyond the arc, and 7-of-10 (70.0%) from the line. The Griffins held a slim 39-38 edge in rebounding with both teams committing 13 turnovers.

Trevor Blondin led four Griffins in double figures with 20 points.

Bloomsburg will return to action on Saturday, January 20 when it heads home to host Mansfield University at the Nelson Field House. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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