Sunday, January 7, 2018

Huskies Men's Basketball Entertains #23 West Chester Monday Night

STARTING FIVE ...
- The Huskies trail the all-time series against West Chester, 67-66. Bloomsburg won two-of-three against the Golden Rams last year, but West Chester ended the Huskies' season in the opening round of the PSAC tournament at the Nelson Field House.

Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) has moved into third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,751 career points. He trails only the school's all-time leading scorer, Mike Ellzy (1,911) and Jerry Radocha (1,778). With 14 games left in the regular season, Mortellite needs to average 11.5 points per game to break the record.

Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) became the seventh player to record 100 career blocks with three swats against Cheyney on Saturday. He is tied Seth Buckwalter (1997-01) for sixth on the all-time list and needs seven to tie Elwood Vines (1992-93) for fifth. He is tied for second in the PSAC, and 14th in the country, in blocks per game (2.6). The senior is also enjoying his finest season offensively as he is second on the team in scoring (12.5 ppg). He came in averaging 5.6 points per game during his first two seasons.

- The Huskies had five double-digit scorers in the win over Cheyney on Saturday - four of whom were freshmen. Nicholas King (Easton, Pa./Freedom) and Matthew Kachelries (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) had 11 points while Myles Bunyon (Collegeville, Pa./Valley Forge Military Academy) and Ethan Houston (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) chipped in 10 each. The point totals were career-highs for Bunyon, Houston, and King, while Kachelries fell short of the 18 he scored against Holy Family.

- Mortellite became the school's all-time leader in career three-pointers made with his 238th career make at IUP on November 19. Mortellite now has 265 makes for his career. The all-time Bloomsburg record (men or women) is held by Dana Wieller(Bethlehem/Liberty) (2009-13) who hit 332 during her career.

THE SERIES ...
West Chester leads the all-time series against Bloomsburg, 67-66. The Huskies won both regular-season games against the Golden Rams last year - 88-73 at West Chester on December 30 and 83-73 in Bloomsburg on February 1. However, West Chester won the game that really counted - an 84-77 decision at the Nelson Field House in the first round of the PSAC tournament.

LAST TIME OUT ...
Five players hit double figures and all twelve players that appeared in the game scored at least two points as Bloomsburg posted a lopsided 110-59 victory over visiting Cheyney on Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House. Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) paced the Huskies with 26 points and 10 rebounds in just 25 minutes of action. He shot 9-of-12 from the field and 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. It was his fourth double-double of the season and he moved to within 27 points of tying Jerry Radocha (1973-77) for second on the school's all-time scoring list. Mortellite was joined in double figures by a quartet of freshmen - Matthew Kachelries (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) and Nicholas King (Easton, Pa./Freedom) each scored 11 points while Myles Bunyon (Collegeville, Pa./Valley Forge Military Academy) and Ethan Houston (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) added 10 points apiece. The totals for King, Bunyon, and Houston established new career-highs while Kachelries fell short of his career-best of 18 points against Holy Family on November 21.

West Chester improved to 12-0 overall with a 72-63 victory over visiting Mansfield University on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Rams are one of just five times in the country to remain unblemished at the conclusion of the weekend and moved them to within one win of tying the program record for most consecutive victories. Mansfield tied the game at 45-45 with just under ten minutes left in regulation but West Chester outscored the Mountaineers, 27-18, to close out the contest. Jackson Hyland paced the Golden Rams with 16 points while Frank Rokins, Matt Penecale, and Tim Toro added 12 points apiece. Penecale added a game-high seven assists while Toro pulled down a game-high nine boards.

SCOUTING BLOOMSBURG ...
The Huskies enter Monday's matchup with a 7-5 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the PSAC Eastern Division standings. The Huskies average 84.0 points per game on offense - tied for third in the PSAC - and allow 76.6 points per game on defense - 11th in the conference. Bloomsburg is sixth in the league in rebounding margin (+2.4) and tied for ninth in the league in turnover margin (+0.33). The Huskies average just 12.5 turnovers per game - the third-best mark in the PSAC.

Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) leads the Huskies, and is fourth in the PSAC, in scoring by averaging 22.3 points per game. He has scored at least 25 points six times and has reached double figures in 11 of the 12 contests. At IUP on November 19, Mortellite became the school's all-time leader in career three-pointers made as he has now made 265 for his career. Mortellite also leads the team, and is tied for seventh in the PSAC, in rebounding (8.4). He also leads the team in steals (1.5) and is second in assists (3.3). Mortellite recorded his 500th career rebound in Wednesday's loss at Kutztown and now needs just four assists to reach 200 for his career in that category. He ranks third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,751 career points and trails Jerry Radocha (1973-77) by 27 points to move into a tie for second place. Senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per game after averaging 5.6 points per game through his first two seasons. Rose leads the team with 31 blocked shots and is tied for second in the PSAC in blocks per game (2.6) and tied for sixth on the school's all-time list with 100 career swats. Sophomore Khary Mauras(Reading, Pa./Reading) averages 12.1 points per game. He leads the team in assists with 47 and is tied for tenth in the PSAC in assists per game (3.9). He is also tied for second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4) Graduate student Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) has really stepped up over the last nine games. He has reached double figures in six of those contests and is averaging 12.8 points while shooting 48-of-73 (65.8%) 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. He led Bloomsburg with a career-high 24 points (11-of-12 from the field) in the win at Lock Haven on December 30.

SCOUTING WEST CHESTER ...
The Golden Rams are ranked 23rd in the country and are one of only five teams in the country with a perfect record entering play on Monday night. West Chester is 12-0 overall, 8-0 in the PSAC East, and is one win away from tying the program record for most consecutive victories. The Golden Rams are only ninth in the PSAC in points per game (79.1) but rank third in the league in scoring defense (68.0), trailing only Gannon (63.7) and Mercyhurst (63.8). West Chester is third in the league in rebounding margin (+6.3) and tied for sixth in turnover margin (+1.00).

Tyrell Long leads West Chester in scoring, averaging 19.1 points per game - ninth in the PSAC. He has reached double figures in 11 of the team's 12 games. Long is also second on the team in rebounding (7.3), assists (2.8), and blocks (8). Jackson Hyland averages 17.5 points per game and has made a team-high 15 three-pointers on the year. Frank Rokins scores 12.2 points per game and leads the team in rebounding (8.4). He is also the team leader in blocked shots with 12. The offense runs through point guard Matt Penecale who scores 11.0 points per game. He leads the team, and is tied for eighth in the PSAC in assists per game (4.1).

THAT'S OFFENSIVE ...
Bloomsburg is coming off of a 110-59 victory over visiting Cheyney on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies had five double-digit scorers and all 12 players that appeared in the game scored at least two points in the victory. The 51-point margin of victory was Bloomsburg's largest since a 91-38 win over Penn State Wilkes Barre on December 7, 2009 and the 110 points scored marked the most by a Huskies' team in a single game since December 10, 1999 when Bloomsburg defeated the University of Bridgeport, 123-56.

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 (265), most single-season triples (110), and most points in a single season (613).

MORE ON MORTELLITE ...
All eyes are on Mortellite as he attempts to become the school's all-time leading scorer. The sharpshooter currently sits in third place on the school's all-time list with 1,751 career points. Mortellite has 50 career 20-point efforts (91 games). He has hit double figures in 73 of his last 77 games and has been held to under 10 points in a game only 11 times in his career. Mortellite needs 28 points to pass Jerry Radocha (1973-77) for second and needs 161 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. Mauras, the starting point guard, is third on the team in scoring (12.1) and leads the team - tied for tenth in the PSAC - in assists (3.9). Moore, after a slow beginning, is averaging 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. Moore is averaging 12.8 points over his last nine games while shooting 48-of-73 (65.8%) from the field during the stretch. Harriott averages 7.5 points while ranking second on the team in rebounding (5.8).

DOWNTOWN WITH THE HUSKIES ...
The Huskies have made at least one three-pointer in 193 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 in 2015-16. Bloomsburg has reached double digits only twice this season but has made at least five in 11 of the first 12 games. The Huskies are sixth in the PSAC, averaging 7.9 threes per game and are coming off of a 15-of-25 performance against Cheyney on Saturday.

GETTING TO THE STRIPE ...
Bloomsburg is shooting 73.3% from the free throw line this season - tied for sixth in the PSAC - and has outscored its opponents from the stripe in 11 of the first 12 games. Bloomsburg gets to the line an average of 23.1 times per game. The Huskies are +55 from the foul line this season (203-148). Bloomsburg features three of the top ten foul shooters in the PSAC this season - Christian Mortellite(Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) (4th, 91.1%), Khary Mauras(Reading, Pa./Reading) (9th, 84.6%), and Kyle-Michael Rose(Middletown, Del./Sanford School) (10th, 84.1%). The three have combined to hit 121-of-139 from the line (87.1%). However, the rest of the team is shooting just 82-of-138 (59.4%).

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 31 blocks through the first 12 games of the season, senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) has moved into a tie for sixth on the school's all-time list with 100 career blocks. He became the seventh player in school history to record 100 blocked shots with three against Cheyney on Saturday. Larry Webster (Hagerstown, MD/Elkton) holds the career record with 175. Rose is currently tied for second in the PSAC, and 14th in the country, 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.

UP NEXT ...
Bloomsburg will travel to Millersville University on Wednesday, January 10. Start time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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