Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Huskies Men's Basketball Heads West To Battle Seton Hill Wednesday Night



BLOOMSBURG (9-6, 5-6 PSAC East) at SETON HILL (6-10, 3-8 PSAC West)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Greensburg, Pa. | Katherine Mabis McKenna Center


GAME NOTES
Bloomsburg vs Seton Hill Game Notes

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STARTING FIVE ...
- Bloomsburg leads the all-time series against Seton Hill, 2-1. The teams last met on November 21, 2015 in Seton Hill with the Huskies prevailing with an 88-74 final.

- With 29 points against West Chester on January 6, Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) moved into second on the school's all-time scoring list as he now has 1,815 career points. He surpassed Jerry Radocha (1973-77) who finished his career with 1,778 points. Mortellite now trails only the school's all-time leading scorer, Mike Ellzy (1993-97), who scored 1,911 career points. With 11 games left in the regular season, Mortellite needs to average 8.8 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 January 6. He has now moved into third place on the school's all-time list with 111 career blocks. With four blocks on Saturday, he broke a tie with Elwood Vines and passed both Chris Parker and Matt Jefferson. He needs 19 blocks to tie Lee Gump (1992-96) for second on the career list. He is second in the PSAC, and seventh in the country, in blocks per game (2.8). Wednesday's matchup will feature the top two shot blockers in the PSAC - Spencer Casson of Seton Hill (3.0 bpg) and Rose (2.8 bpg).

- Prior to Saturday's 98-62 loss at East Stroudsburg, the Huskies had scored at least 90 points in four straight games - the longest streak in program history. Bloomsburg had done it in three straight games three times with the most recent coming in the 2010-11 season (Febraury 5, 2011 - at Millersville - L 103-108 (3OT); February 9, 2011 - at Shippensburg - W 94-81; and February 12, 2011 - vs Kutztown - W 92-88). However, the season-low in points on Saturday against the Warriors ended the streak at four.

- 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 276 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 ...
The Huskies and the Griffins have met just three prior times in the all-time series with Bloomsburg holding a 2-1 series advantage. In the last meeting between the two schools, the Huskies won in Greensburg by an 88-74 final. Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) led all scorers with a game-high 31 points while Tyriek Steward (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Elmer Meyers) (12) and Anthony McKie (11) also reached double figures. Kameron Taylor led the Griffins with 30 points in a losing effort.

LAST TIME OUT ...
Bloomsburg's offensive streak came to a screeching halt on Saturday afternoon as East Stroudsburg shut down the Huskies' offense en route to a 98-62 victory at the Koehler Fieldhouse. It was a season-low in points for the Huskies, who dropped to 9-6 overall and 5-6 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division. Senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds while adding four blocked shots. Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) needed a late burst to get into double figures as he finished the afternoon with 11 points while Freshman Ethan Houston (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) had a strong game off of the Huskies' bench as he chipped in with eight points and six rebounds. East Stroudsburg set the tone of the game early as it raced out to a 17-2 lead in the first seven minutes and never looked back. Bloomsburg shot just 21-of-63 (33.3%) and tied a season-low with four three-pointers in 17 attempts (23.5%). The Huskies did make 16-of-17 at the foul line (94.1%).

Trevor Blondin scored a career-high 32 points including the game-winning shot with one second remaining in overtime as Seton Hill came back from an 11-point, second-half deficit to defeat California (PA), 90-87, on Saturday afternoon inside the Katherine Mabis McKenna Center. For the game, Trevor Blondin led all scorers with a career-high 32 points on 10-of-23 from the filed, including 4-of-9 from the three-point range. Freshman Tommy Sekunda had career-highs in points (15), field goals made and attempted (6-for-10), and three-point field goals made and attempted (3-of-6). Trevor Lecuona had 13 points and Spencer Casson added the only double-double of the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Casson also had five blocks.

SCOUTING BLOOMSBURG ...
The Huskies enter Wednesday's matchup with a 9-6 overall record and a 5-6 mark in the PSAC Eastern Division standings. The Huskies, who lost 98-62 at East Stroudsburg on Saturday, have won three of their last four, and five of their last seven contests. The Huskies are averaging 91.4 points over their last five and are fifth in the PSAC in scoring at 84.2 points per game. Bloomsburg allows 78.6 points per game on defense - tied for 10th in the conference. The team is tied for sixth in the league in rebounding margin (+1.1) and tenth in the league in turnover margin (+0.33). Despite a season-high 24 turnovers on Saturday, the Huskies average just 13.1 turnovers per game - the fifth-best mark in the PSAC.

Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) leads the Huskies, and is fifth in the PSAC, in scoring by averaging 22.1 points per game. He has scored at least 25 points seven times and has reached double figures in 14 of the 15 contests. Mortellite also leads the team, and is tied for ninth in the PSAC, in rebounding (7.6). He also leads the team in steals (1.5) and is second in assists (3.3). Mortellite recorded his 500th career rebound at Kutztown on January 3 and posted his 200th career assist in the win over West Chester on January 8. He ranks second on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,815 career points and trails Mike Ellzy (1993-97) by 97 points to become Bloomsburg's all-time leading scorer. Senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game after averaging 5.6 points per game through his first two seasons. Rose leads the team with 42 blocked shots and is second in the PSAC, and seventh in the country, in blocks per game (2.8). Rose is third on the school's all-time list with 111 career swats. Sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) is third on the team in scoring as he averages 12.2 points per game. He leads the team in assists with 59 and is tied for ninth in the PSAC in assists per game (3.9). Despite struggling on Saturday, graduate student Hashim Moore(Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) has really stepped up over the last 12 games. He has reached double figures in eight of those contests and is averaging 12.4 points while shooting 60-of-95 (63.2%) 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 SETON HILL ...
The Griffins enter Wednesday's contest with a 6-10 overall record and a 3-8 mark in the PSAC West. Seton Hill ranks 14th in the league in scoring offense (75.3) and 15th in scoring defense (82.2). The Griffins are 13th in the league in rebounding margin (-1.8) and dead last in the conference in turnover margin (-5.25). Seton Hill averages 17.1 turnovers per game while forcing opponents into just 11.8 miscues per contest.

Trevor Blondin leads the Griffins in scoring as he averages 20.5 points per game. He has played only 11 games - just shy of the games needed to qualify for the league's scoring title. He would be tied for seventh in the PSAC. Blondin has reached double figures in all 11 of his games and has scored at least 20 points seven times including a career-high 32 points on Saturday against California. Nathan Davis is the only other Griffin averaging double figures as he posts 13.6 points per contest. Davis leads Seton Hill with 32 three-pointers and is second in rebounding (5.5) and assists (36). Trevor Lecuona is at 9.8 points per game and has made 45.7% of his three-point attempts (21-of-46). Lecuona averages 3.8 rebounds while leading the team in assists with 56. The man in the middle is Spencer Casson who is in a battle with Bloomsburg's Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) for the top shot-blocker in the league. Casson averages 8.5 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds while leading the league in blocked shots per game (3.0). Casson had a season-high nine swats and narrowly missed a triple-double against Mansfield (18 points, 15 rebounds). He has had three double-doubles this season.

MORTELLITE NAMED PSAC EAST CO-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) was named the PSAC East Co-Athlete of the Week as he led Bloomsburg to a 2-1 record during the week, including a victory over previously-unbeaten and 23rd-ranked West Chester last Monday night. Mortellite averaged 21.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists over the course of the three games and moved into second place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,815 career points. He is just 97 points away from becoming the school's all-time leading scorer. Mortellite shot 21-of-38 (55.3%) from the field, 11-of-21 (52.4%) from three-point range, and 11-of-11 from the foul line. He scored 29 points in the win over West Chester and 24 points in a victory at Millersville on Wednesday.

THAT'S OFFENSIVE ...
Bloomsburg posted 110-59 victory over visiting Cheyney on Saturday, January 6. 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. Prior to Saturday's 98-62 loss at East Stroudsburg, the Huskies had scored at least 90 points in four straight games - the longest streak in program history. Bloomsburg had done it in three straight games three times with the most recent coming in the 2010-11 season (Febraury 5, 2011 - at Millersville - L 103-108 (3OT); February 9, 2011 - at Shippensburg - W 94-81; and February 12, 2011 - vs Kutztown - W 92-88).

BROKEN RECORDS ...
Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) owns numerous school records and continues to assault the Bloomsburg record books. Mortellite now holds the school record for most points in a season (613), most threes in a season (110), most career threes (276), most career free throws made (399), most three-point attempts in a season (255), and most career three-point attempts (651). He can still break several other records by season's end including most career points (needs 97), highest career scoring average (Richard Lloyd - 19.4), highest career three-point percentage (Joe Stepanski - 43.0%), and highest career free throw percentage (Glenn Noack - 84.6%).

MORE ON MORTELLITE ...
All eyes are on Mortellite as he attempts to become the school's all-time leading scorer. With 29 points against West Chester on January 8, he moved into second place on the school's all-time list and now has 1,815 career points. Mortellite has 52 career 20-point efforts (94 games). He has hit double figures in 76 of his last 80 games and has been held to under 10 points in a game only 11 times in his career. Mortellite passed Jerry Radocha (1973-77) for second and needs 97 points to become the school's all-time leader.

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). Mauras, the starting point guard, is third on the team in scoring (12.2) and leads the team - tied for ninth in the PSAC - in assists (3.9). Moore is averaging 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. Over his last 12 games, Moore is averaging 12.4 points while shooting 60-of-95 (63.2%) from the field during the stretch. Harriott averages 7.1 points while ranking tied for third on the team in rebounding (5.2).

DOWNTOWN WITH THE HUSKIES ...
The Huskies have made at least one three-pointer in 196 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 13 of its 15 games. The Huskies are sixth in the PSAC, averaging 7.6 threes per game and fourth in percentage (38.0%).

GETTING TO THE STRIPE ...
Bloomsburg is shooting 75.7% from the free throw line this season - fourth in the PSAC - and has outscored its opponents from the stripe in 14 of the 15 games. Bloomsburg gets to the line an average of 23.0 times per game. The Huskies are +83 from the foul line this season (261-178). Bloomsburg features three of the top 12 foul shooters in the PSAC this season - Christian Mortellite(Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) (3rd, 92.5%), Khary Mauras(Reading, Pa./Reading) (11th, 85.1%), and Kyle-Michael Rose(Middletown, Del./Sanford School) (12th, 84.7%). The three have combined to hit 152-of-173 from the line (87.9%). The rest of the team is shooting 109-of-172 (63.4%).

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 42 blocks this season, senior Kyle-Michael Rose(Middletown, Del./Sanford School) has moved into third place on the school's all-time list with 111 career blocks. He became the seventh player in school history to record 100 blocked shots with three against Cheyney on January 6. Rose is currently tied for second in the PSAC, and seventh in the country, in blocks per game (2.8). He needs 19 blocks to tie Lee Gump (1992-96) for second.

UP NEXT ...
The Huskies will return home to host Mansfield University at the Nelson Field House on Saturday, January 20. Start time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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