Friday, January 5, 2018

Huskies Men's Basketball Looks To Bounce Back Saturday Against Cheyney

#3 Khary Mauras

STARTING FIVE ...
- Saturday's contest marks the 138th meeting between Bloomsburg and Cheyney with the Huskies holding a slim, 70-67, edge over the Wolves. Bloomsburg has won nine straight games against Cheyney dating back to the Wolves' last win over the Huskies - a 72-54 decision in Cheyney on January 19, 2013.

Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) has moved into third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,725 career points. He trails only the school's all-time leading scorer, Mike Ellzy (1,911) and Jerry Radocha (1,778). With 15 games left in the regular season, Mortellite needs to average 12.5 points per game to break the record.

Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) has recorded 97 career blocked shots. He needs three to tie Seth Buckwalter (1997-01) for sixth on the all-time list. He currently ranks 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 (12.9 ppg). He came in averaging 5.6 points per game during his first two seasons.

Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) has really stepped up over the last eight games. He has reached double figures in six of those contests and is averaging 13.8 points while shooting 47-of-70 (67.1%) from the field during the stretch.

- Mortellite became the school's all-time leader in career three-pointers made with his 238th career make at IUP on November 19, surpassing Lorenzo Christmas (Norristown/Norristown)' previous record of 237. Mortellite now has 259 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 ...
Bloomsburg leads the all-time series against Cheyney, 70-67, and has not lost to the Wolves since a 72-54 setback on January 19, 2013. The Huskies have won the last nine meetings between the two schools including a pair of double-digit victories last season - 104-63 in Bloomsburg on January 3 and 73-63 in Cheyney on January 28.

LAST TIME OUT ...
Bloomsburg held an 86-78 lead with 4:30 left in regulation but Kutztown stormed back to outscore the Huskies, 19-6, over the final minutes and earn a 97-92 victory on Wednesday night in Kutztown. Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) led the Huskies with 24 points and eight rebounds. He finished 6-of-13 from the field (2-of-4 from long range) and made 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. His third rebound of the game gave him another milestone as it was his 500th career board in a Huskies' uniform. Senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) finished one rebound short of a double-double as he poured in a season-high 21 points to go along with a team-high nine rebounds. Redshirt sophomore Sam Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) and sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) added nine points apiece while graduate student Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) and freshman Matthew Kachelries (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) chipped in eight points each. Mauras added six rebounds and four assists while Kachelries stuffed the stat sheet with five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

Jeff Lewis paced Cheyney with 15 points to lead the Wolves to a 71-65 victory at Clarion on Wednesday night. Olin Ugo and Cliff St. Juste added 12 points apiece while Kyle Parker chipped in with 11 points in the win. The Golden Eagles held a 36-34 lead at halftime before the Wolves stormed back to outscore Clarion, 37-29, in the second half. Ugo added a team-high eight rebounds while St. Juste had four rebounds and a team-high four assists.

SCOUTING BLOOMSBURG ...
The Huskies enter Saturday's matchup with a 6-5 overall record and a 2-5 mark in the PSAC Eastern Division standings. The Huskies average 81.6 points per game on offense - fifth in the PSAC - but allow 78.2 points per game on defense - 12th in the conference. Bloomsburg is tied for seventh in the league in rebounding margin (+2.1) and 11th in the league in turnover margin (+0.18). The Huskies average just 12.6 turnovers per game - the fourth-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 21.9 points per game. He has scored at least 25 points five times and has reached double figures in 10 of the 11 contests. At IUP on November 19, Mortellite became the school's all-time leader in career three-pointers made as he has now made 259 for his career. Mortellite also leads the team, and is ninth in the PSAC, in rebounding (8.3). He also leads the team in steals (1.6) and is second in assists (3.3). Mortellite recorded his 500th career rebound in Wednesday's loss at Kutztown and now needs just seven assists to reach 200 for his career in that category. He ranks third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,725 career points and trails Jerry Radocha (1973-77) by 53 points to move into a tie for second place. Senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) is coming off of a season-high 21 points at Kutztown and is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game. Rose leads the team with 28 blocked shots and ranks second in the PSAC in blocks per game (2.6) and seventh on the school's all-time list with 97 career swats. Sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading)averages 12.5 points per game. He leads the team in assists with 46 and is tied for seventh in the PSAC in assists per game (4.2). 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 eight games. He has reached double figures in six of those contests and is averaging 13.8 points while shooting 47-of-70 (67.1%) 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 last Saturday.

SCOUTING CHEYNEY ...
The Wolves are 2-9 overall and 2-5 in the PSAC Eastern Division but are coming off of a 71-65 victory at Clarion on Wednesday night. Points have been tough to come by for Cheyney this season as it ranks last in the PSAC in scoring, averaging just 58.8 points per game. Meanwhile, the Wolves are 15th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 82.9 points per game to their opponents. Cheyney ranks dead last in the conference in all three shooting categories - field goals (33.9%), three-pointers (23.6%), and free throws (61.5%) - and second-to-last in rebounding margin (-4.2) and turnover margin (-4.72).

Cliff St. Juste is the only Cheyney player averaging double figures as he leads the team by averaging 10.8 points per game. He is tied for the team lead in steals (10) and leads the team in assists (19). Jeff Lewis is second on the team in scoring at 8.8 points per contest while tying for the team lead in rebounding at 5.5 boards per game. St. Juste (15) and Lewis (10) have also combined to hit 25 of the team's 41 three-pointers on the season. Kyle Parker averages 7.8 points while leading the team in assists per game (2.0). Olin Ugo and Dikemba Amugo are tied for the team lead in blocks with nine apiece while Amir Boney is tied with Lewis in rebounding.

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 (259), 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 1,725 career points. Mortellite has 49 career 20-point efforts (90 games). He has hit double figures in 72 of his last 76 games and has been held to under 10 points in a game only 11 times in his career. Mortellite needs 54 points to pass Jerry Radocha (1973-77) for second and needs 187 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 (12.5) and leads the team - tied for seventh in the PSAC - in assists (4.2). Moore, after a slow beginning, is averaging 11.1 points and 5.2 rebounds. Moore is averaging 13.8 points over his last eight games while shooting 47-of-70 (67.1%) from the field during the stretch. Harriott averages 7.5 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 192 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 once this season but has made at least five in 10 of the first 11 games. The Huskies are tied for sixth in the PSAC, averaging 7.3 threes per game.

GETTING TO THE STRIPE ...
Bloomsburg is shooting 73.5% from the free throw line this season - fourth in the PSAC - and has outscored its opponents from the stripe in 10 of the first 11 games. Bloomsburg gets to the line an average of 22.3 times per game. The Huskies are +47 from the foul line this season (180-133). Bloomsburg features three of the top ten foul shooters in the PSAC this season - Christian Mortellite(Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) (5th, 90.7%), Kyle-Michael Rose(Middletown, Del./Sanford School) (8th, 86.8%), and Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) (10th, 84.6%). The three have combined to hit 115-of-131 from the line (87.8%). However, the rest of the team is shooting just 65-of-114 (57.0%).

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 28 blocks through the first 11 games of the season, senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) has moved into seventh on the school's all-time list with 97 career blocks. He is three 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, 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.

YOUTH MOVEMENT ...
The Huskies have just three seniors and one junior on this year's roster and returned only four players from last year's team that finished 15-12. One of the three seniors - Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) - transferred in from Division I Princeton and is in his first season with the Huskies. Christian Mortellite(Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) and Kyle-Michael Rose(Middletown, Del./Sanford School) are the other two seniors on the team while redshirt junior Darius Robinson-Wallace(Philadelphia, Pa./Delaware Valley Charter) and redshirt sophomore Sam Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) join the duo as the only other returning players from last year's team. Redshirt freshman Peyton Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) was on last year's roster but did not play.

UP NEXT ...
Bloomsburg will be back home on Monday, January 8 when it hosts West Chester at the Nelson Field House. Start time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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