Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Huskies Men's Basketball Looks To Stay Hot At Millersville Wednesday Night

STARTING FIVE ...
- Millersville leads the all-time series against Bloomsburg, 94-90. However, the Huskies have won the last four, and seven of the last nine, between the two schools. Bloomsburg's last loss to the Marauders came on February 21, 2015 - a 73-60 setback in Millersville.

- With 29 points against West Chester on Monday night, Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) has moved into second on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,780 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 13 games left in the regular season, Mortellite needs to average 10.2 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 blocked three more shots on Monday and moved into sixth place on the school's all-time list with 103 career blocks. Rose needs four to tie Elwood Vines (1992-93) for fifth and five to tie Chris Parker (1988-92) for fourth. He is second in the PSAC, and ninth in the country, in blocks per game (2.6).

- Bloomsburg has scored at least 92 points in three straight games - the longest such streak since hitting the mark against Millersville, Shippensburg, and Kutztown from February 5 - February 12, 2011. The Huskies are averaging 100 points over the last three games - the highest scoring average over a three-game stretch since the 1968-69 season.

- 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 270 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. Mortellite would need to average 4.9 threes per game over the final 13 games of the regular season to break Wieller's record.

THE SERIES ...
Millersville leads the all-time series against Bloomsburg, 94-90. However, the Huskies have won the last four, and seven of the last nine, between the two schools. Last season, the Huskies posted a 78-77 win in Bloomsburg on January 14 and a 90-58 victory in Millersville on February 8. Bloomsburg's last loss to the Marauders came on February 21, 2015 - a 73-60 setback in Millersville.

LAST TIME OUT ...
The Huskies trailed, 23-8, in the opening eight minutes and then trailed by 14 points, 71-57, with 13:38 left in regulation before rallying for a stunning 98-90 victory over 23rd-ranked West Chester at the Nelson Field House on Monday night to hand the Golden Rams their first loss of the season. Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) poured in a game-high 29 points - 21 in the second half - and his fifth three-pointer of the game with 3:18 left in regulation gave the Huskies an 83-80 lead. Mortellite shot 7-of-12 from the field (6-of-7 in the second half), 5-of-9 from long distance (4-of-4 in the second half), and 10-of-10 from the free throw line. Sophomore Khary Mauras(Reading, Pa./Reading) added 20 points and a career-high eight assists. His biggest shot of the game came when he banked in a triple from nearly 30 feet out, with the shot clock winding down, to tie the game at 80-80 with 3:46 left in regulation. Graduate student Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) chipped in with 15 points while senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) added 13 points and a game-high three blocks - none bigger than a stuff at the rim on West Chester's Jackson Hyland with the Huskies leading by three with three minutes left.

Freshmen D'Marco Suggs and James Sullivan led the Marauders in the first half, and Marcus Adkison led the team down the stretch for a 70-67 road victory over Mansfield Monday evening. It was the Marauders' first road win of the season. Adkison totaled a game-high 21 points while adding seven rebounds and seven assists. Adkison scored 12 of those points in the second half including five in a pivotal 8-0 run that took Millersville from down three to ahead 68-63 with 1:12 left. Along with Adkison's 12 second-half points, Conrad Chambers scored eight of his 11 in the final 20 minutes. Suggs, who made 4-of-4 from the field, scored all 10 of his points in the first. Sullivan scored all 11 of his points in the first half.

SCOUTING BLOOMSBURG ...
The Huskies enter Wednesday's matchup with a 8-5 overall record and a 4-5 mark in the PSAC Eastern Division standings. The Huskies average 85.1 points per game on offense - third in the PSAC - and allow 77.6 points per game on defense - 11th in the conference. Bloomsburg is sixth in the league in rebounding margin (+1.8) and sixth in the league in turnover margin (+1.08). The Huskies average just 12.4 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 22.8 points per game. He has scored at least 25 points seven times and has reached double figures in 12 of the 13 contests. Mortellite also leads the team, and is seventh in the PSAC, in rebounding (8.2). 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 Monday. He ranks second on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,780 career points and trails Mike Ellzy (1993-97) by 132 points to become Bloomsburg's all-time leading scorer. Sophomore Khary Mauras(Reading, Pa./Reading) is second on the team in scoring as he averages 12.7 points per game. He leads the team in assists with 55 and is tied for seventh in the PSAC in assists per game (4.2). Mauras is also second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5) Senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) is third 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 34 blocked shots and is tied for second in the PSAC, and ninth in the country, in blocks per game (2.6) Rose is sixth on the school's all-time list with 103 career swats. Graduate student Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) has really stepped up over the last seven games. He has reached double figures in six of those contests and is averaging 13.1 points while shooting 54-of-83 (65.1%) 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.

SCOUTING MILLERSVILLE ...
Millersville is 5-10 overall and 3-6 in the PSAC East. The Marauders are tied for eighth in the league in scoring offense (79.9) and 13th in the PSAC in scoring defense (79.3). Millersville struggles on the glass as it is dead last in the conference in rebounding margin (-6.5). However, the Marauders are second in the league in turnover margin (+6.07).

Millersville features three players averaging double digits in scoring the season. Marcus Adkison is the player to watch as he leads the team in scoring at 19.3 points per game - eighth in the PSAC. He also leads the team in assists (47) and steals (34) and is the main threat from beyond the arc as he has made 43 of the team's 104 triples. Conrad Chambers is second on the team in scoring at 11.8 points per game. He is second on the team in assists with 38. The duo have combined to make 104-of 119 from the foul line (87.4%) - the rest of the team is 138-of-216 (63.9%). Jordan Greene is also in double figures at 11.0 point per game. He ranks third on the team in scoring and in rebounding (5.0). Mark Perry and Caden Najdawi are tied for the team lead in rebounding (5.4).

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. The Huskies have scored at least 92 points in three straight games - the longest streak since hitting the same mark in three straight games during 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). Bloomsburg is also averaging 100 points per game over the last three contests - the highest scoring average over a three-game stretch since the 1968-69 season (Kutztown (W 79-77), Lock Haven (W 104-79), Millersville (W 118-110)).

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 (270), most career free throws made (398), and most three-point attempts in a season (255). He can still break several other records by season's end including most career points (needs 132), most career three-point attempts (needs seven), 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 on Monday, he moved into second place on the school's all-time list with 1,780 career points. Mortellite has 51 career 20-point efforts (92 games). He has hit double figures in 74 of his last 78 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 132 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 second on the team in scoring (12.7) and leads the team - tied for seventh in the PSAC - in assists (4.2). Moore is averaging 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. Moore is averaging 13.1 points over his last ten games while shooting 54-of-83 (65.1%) from the field during the stretch. Harriott averages 7.1 points while ranking second on the team in rebounding (5.5).

DOWNTOWN WITH THE HUSKIES ...
The Huskies have made at least one three-pointer in 194 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 12 of the first 13 games. The Huskies are sixth in the PSAC, averaging 7.9 threes per game and third in percentage (38.3%).

GETTING TO THE STRIPE ...
Bloomsburg is shooting 74.4% from the free throw line this season - fifth in the PSAC - and has outscored its opponents from the stripe in 12 of the 13 games. Bloomsburg gets to the line an average of 23.5 times per game. The Huskies are +63 from the foul line this season (227-164). Bloomsburg features three of the top 12 foul shooters in the PSAC this season - Christian Mortellite(Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) (4th, 92.4%), Khary Mauras(Reading, Pa./Reading) (10th, 86.0%), and Kyle-Michael Rose(Middletown, Del./Sanford School) (12th, 84.0%). The three have combined to hit 140-of-159 from the line (88.1%). However, the rest of the team is shooting just 87-of-146 (59.6%).

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 34 blocks this season, senior Kyle-Michael Rose(Middletown, Del./Sanford School) has moved into sixth on the school's all-time list with 103 career blocks. He became the seventh player in school history to record 100 blocked shots with three against Cheyney last Saturday. Rose is currently tied for second in the PSAC, and ninth in the country, in blocks per game (2.6).

UP NEXT ...
Bloomsburg will head to East Stroudsburg University for a matchup with the Warriors on Saturday, January 13. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

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