Saturday, January 6, 2018

Huskies Men's Basketball Uses Total Team Effort In 110-59 Victory Over Cheyney Saturday

Men's Basketball | Box Score
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - Five players hit double figures and all twelve players that appeared in the game scored at least two points as the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team posted a lopsided 110-59 victory over visiting Cheyney University on Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House. The Huskies improved to 7-5 overall and 3-5 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division standings while the Wolves fell to 2-10 overall and 2-6 in league action.

The 110 points scored marked the most by a Bloomsburg team in a single game since a 123-56 victory over the University of Bridgeport on December 10, 1999. Meanwhile, the 51-point victory was the most lopsided win by the Huskies since a 91-38 victory over Penn State Wilkes Barre on December 7, 2009.

Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) paced the Huskies with 26 points and 10 rebounds in just 25 minutes of action on Saturday afternoon. 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.

The Huskies raced out to a 56-26 lead at halftime, using a 16-0 run over the last four minutes to close out the half. Bloomsburg shot 20-of-28 (71.4%) from the field and knocked down 10-of-15 (66.7%) from beyond the arc in the opening twenty minutes. Mortellite scored 17 of his 26 points in the opening half while Bunyon, who made his first collegiate start on Saturday, added eight points and five assists.

Cheyney outscored Bloomsburg, 8-5, in the opening four minutes of the second half but could get no closer as the Huskies used a 13-0 run to extend the lead to 74-34 with 12:57 remaining. Bloomsburg grew the lead to as many as 53 points late before Cheyney scored the final two points of the game for the final margin. King scored all 11 of his career-best point total during the final stanza.

Bloomsburg continued its torrid shooting in the second half as the Huskies went 16-of-28 from the field (57.1%) in the final twenty minutes to finish 36-of-56 (64.3%) for the entire game. Bloomsburg also ended 15-of-25 (60.0%) from long range - finishing one three-pointer shy of its season-high 16 triples in the win over Penn State Hazleton in the season opener on November 10. Bloomsburg also finished with a season-high 27 assists on its 36 made field goals. Bunyon and Kachelries led the way with five dimes apiece - both career-highs.

Redshirt sophomore Sam Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) chipped in nine points while sophomore Austin Harriott (Philadelphia, Pa./Hun School) and senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) added eight points apiece. Rose blocked a team-high three shots to give him an even 100 blocked shots for his career. He became the seventh player in school history to reach the milestone.

Sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) scored seven points, graduate student Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) added five, redshirt junior Darius Robinson-Wallace(Philadelphia, Pa./Delaware Valley Charter) chipped in three points, and freshman Billy Warren (Fairless Hills, Pa./Pennsbury)scored the first two points of his collegiate career to round out the Huskies' scoring.

Cheyney was limited to just 28.4% (21-of-74) from the field and made only two of its 15 three-point attempts (13.3%). Derrick Biney and Jeff Lewis led the Wolves with 13 points apiece.

The Huskies will have a quick turnaround as they get set to host unbeaten, and 23rd-ranked, West Chester University on Monday, January 8, at the Nelson Field House. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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