Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Huskies Men's Hoops Heads To Kutztown Wednesday For First Game Of 2018


STARTING FIVE ...
- Bloomsburg and Kutztown will meet for the 164th time in the all-time series with the Huskies leading, 108-55. However, the Golden Bears have won five of the last six and 10 of the last 13 against the Huskies. Bloomsburg has dropped 15 straight meetings on the road and has not won in Kutztown since a 70-61 victory on January 23, 2002.


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 14.7 points while shooting 44-of-65 (67.7%) from the field during the stretch. He averaged 3.7 points on 4-of-17 (23.5%) from the field in his first three games. Moore is coming off of a career-high 24 points (11-of-12 from the field) in the win at Lock Haven on Saturday.

Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) 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 257 makes for his career. The all-time Bloomsburg record (men or women) is held by Dana Wieller (2009-13) who hit 332 during her career.

- Mortellite has moved into third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,701 career points. He trails only the school's all-time leading scorer, Mike Ellzy (1,911) and Jerry Radocha (1,778). With 16 games left in the regular season, Mortellite needs to average 13.2 points per game to break the record. He also needs just three rebounds for 500 and nine assists for 200 in his career.

Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) has recorded 94 career blocked shots. He needs six to tie Seth Buckwalter (1997-01) for sixth on the all-time list.

THE SERIES ...
Bloomsburg and Kutztown will meet for the 164th time in the all-time series with the Huskies leading, 108-55. Last season, the Golden Bears won a pair of six-point decisions over the Huskies - 85-79 in Bloomsburg on February 22 and 98-92 in Kutztown on January 18. Kutztown has won 15 straight over Bloomsburg at home dating back to the 2001-02 season.

LAST TIME OUT ...
Graduate student Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) was nearly perfect on Saturday afternoon as he poured in a career-high 24 points to lift  Bloomsburg to an 87-76 victory at Lock Haven to open inter-divisional action. Moore finished 11-of-12 from the field - including 8-of-8 in the second half - and made 2-of-3 of his foul shots (he entered just 16-of-44 from the foul line on the season) en route to his career-best point total. Moore also chipped in six rebounds and an assist in a career-high 30 minutes of action. Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) added 16 points while sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading)and senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) added 13 and 12 points, respectively, to join Moore in double figures. Mortellite and Mauras tied for the team-high in rebounds with seven apiece while Mauras had a team-best four assists.

Kutztown climbed out of a 21-point hole to pull within two and a chance to tie or take the lead on its final possession. But the ball  would not drop and #25 West Chester converted two shots from the foul line with five seconds remaining to hold on for a 95-89 victory Saturday afternoon at Hollinger Field House. Anthony Lee scored 26 of his team-high 34 points in the second half as the Golden Bears mounted a frenetic rally. Dan Cuevas scored 14 of his 21 points in the first half to keep Kutztown afloat as the Golden Rams led by as many as 17 in the opening 20 minutes. Ethan Ridgeway finished with 14 points and eight assists.

SCOUTING BLOOMSBURG ...
The Huskies closed out 2017 with back-to-back wins and now enters Wednesday's matchup with a 6-4 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the PSAC Eastern Division standings. The Huskies average 80.6 points per game on offense - sixth in the PSAC - and allow 76.3 points per game on defense - 12th in the conference. Bloomsburg ranks eighth in the league in rebounding margin (+1.6) and tied for ninth in the league in turnover margin (+0.60). The Huskies average just 12.4 turnovers per game - the fourth-best mark in the PSAC.

Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) leads the Huskies, and is tied for fourth in the PSAC, in scoring by averaging 21.7 points per game. He has scored at least 25 points five times and has reached double figures in nine of the ten contests. At IUP on November 19, Mortellite became the school's all-time leader in career three-pointers made as he has now made 257 for his career. Mortellite also leads the team, and is eighth in the PSAC, in rebounding (8.3). He also leads the team in steals (1.7) and is second in assists (3.4). Mortellite needs three rebounds for 500 and nine assists for 200 in his career. He ranks third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,701 career points and trails Jerry Radocha (1973-77) by 77 points to move into a tie for second place. Sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game. He leads the team in assists with 42 and is tied for eighth in the PSAC in assists per game (4.2). He is also tied for fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) Senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) averages 12.1 points per game and leads the team with 25 blocked shots. He ranks second in the PSAC in blocks per game (2.5) and is seventh on the school's all-time list with 94 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 14.7 points while shooting 44-of-65 (67.7%) 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 Saturday.

SCOUTING KUTZTOWN ...
The Golden Bears enter with an 8-2 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the PSAC Eastern Division. Kutztown is a perfect 6-0 at the Keystone Arena this season. The Golden Bears are tied for second in the league in scoring, averaging 86.2 points per game. They are 11th in the PSAC in scoring defense at 75.7 points allowed per contest. Kutztown ranks 10th in the PSAC in rebounding margin (+1.4) and sixth in turnover margin (+1.10). The Golden Bear defense forces opponents into an average of 18 turnovers per game - third most in the PSAC. Kutztown also shoots lights out - it leads the PSAC in field goal percentage (50.6%), ranks fifth in three-point percentage (36.6%), and is fourth in free-throw shooting (73.5%).

Anthony Lee is coming off of a 34-point performance at West Chester and ranks third in the PSAC in scoring at 22.4 points per game. Lee is shooting 60.0% from the field (78-of-130), 55.6% from long range (30-of-54), and 92.7% from the line (38-of-41). He also leads the team in steals with 27 and ranks second in the PSAC in steals per game (2.7). Ethan Ridgeway leads the conference, by a wide margin, in assists per game (7.4). He has, however, turned the ball over a league-high 51 times. Ridgeway also averages 18.5 points per game and needs 13 for 1,000 points in his career. Dan Cuevas averages 17.5 points per game and is the only other Golden Bear in double figures this season. Cuevas is shooting 62.1% from the field (59-of-95). Moe Williams leads the team in rebounding (6.6) and blocked shots (13).

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 (256), 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 1,701 career points. Mortellite has 48 career 20-point efforts (89 games). He has hit double figures in 71 of his last 75 games and has been held to under 10 points in a game only 11 times in his career. Mortellite needs 78 points to pass Jerry Radocha (1973-77) for second and needs 211 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 early. Mauras, the starting point guard, is second on the team in scoring (12.9) and leads the team - tied for eighth in the PSAC - in assists (4.2). Moore also starts and, after a slow beginning, is averaging 11.4 points and 5.3 rebounds. Moore is averaging 14.7 points over his last seven games while shooting 44-of-65 (67.7%) from the field during the stretch. Harriott is the first player off of the Huskies' bench and averages 7.8 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 191 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 once this season but has made at least five in nine of the first ten games.

GETTING TO THE STRIPE ...
Bloomsburg is shooting 71.9% from the free throw line this season - just tenth in the PSAC - but has outscored its opponents from the stripe in nine of the first ten games. Bloomsburg gets to the line an average of 21.7 times per game - seventh most in the conference. The Huskies are +46 from the foul line this season (156-110). Bloomsburg features three of the top ten foul shooters in the PSAC this season - Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) (5th, 90.7%), Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) (7th, 86.1%), and Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) (10th, 84.8%). The three have combined to hit 98-of-112 from the line (87.5%). However, the rest of the team is shooting just 58-of-105 (55.2%).

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 25 blocks through the first ten games of the season, senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) has moved into ninth on the school's all-time list with 94 career blocks. He is six 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 in blocks per game (2.5).

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. His previous high in points was 10 against Penn State Hazleton in the season opener.

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 return home for the first time in nearly a month when it hosts Cheyney at the Nelson Field House. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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