Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Men's Basketball - Mortellite Named PSAC East Men's Basketball Co-Athlete Of The Week

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite(Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) of the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Co-Athlete of the Week as announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. It marks the first time he has garnered a weekly honor from the conference this season and is the seventh time in his collegiate career that he has earned a weekly nod from the league.

Mortellite led the Huskies 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, currently held by Mike Ellzy (1993-97).

The redshirt senior 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 during the three games. He scored 29 points in the win over West Chester on Monday and 24 points in the victory at Millersville on Wednesday.

Mortellite now has 52 career 20-point efforts (94 games) and has hit double figures in 76 of his last 80 games. He has been held to under 10 points in a game only 11 times in his career, including just once this season.

He 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%).

Mortellite and the Huskies will look to bounce back from Saturday's loss at East Stroudsburg when they head to Seton Hill University on Wednesday night, January 17. Tip-off from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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