Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Huskies Men's Basketball Heads To Mansfield Wednesday Night

2/20/2018 | Men's Basketball
STARTING FIVE ...
- Bloomsburg leads the all-time series against Mansfield, 105-76, but will be looking to avenge a 92-85 setback to the Mountaineers at the Nelson Field House back on January 20. Prior to that loss to Mansfield, the Huskies had won four straight and six of the last eight meetings between the two schools.

- With 18:54 left in regulation on January 31 against Kutztown, Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) became the program's all-time leading scorer as he passed Mike Ellzy's total of 1,911 from 1993-97. He needs 15 points to become the 12th player in PSAC history to record 2,000 career points. He currently ranks 13th on the PSAC's all-time scoring list with 1,985 points and trails Cheyney's Anthony Frazier by 14 points to move into 12th position.

Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) became the seventh player to record 100 career blocks with three swats against Cheyney on January 6. He has moved into third place on the school's all-time list with 127 career blocks and needs three blocks to tie Lee Gump (1992-96) for second on the career list. He is third in the PSAC, and 16th in the country, in blocks per game (2.42).

- The Huskies have made at least one three-pointer in 205 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 has reached double digits only four times this season but has made at least five in 19 of its 24 games. The Huskies are tied for sixth in the PSAC, averaging 7.3 threes per game and sixth in percentage (36.2%).

- Speaking of three-pointers, Mortellite has made 304 triples in his career and ranks eighth on the PSAC's all-time list. He became only the eighth player in conference history to record 300 career triples midway through the second half against Millersville on February 10. He trails Lock Haven's Mike Shue (1993-97) by four to move into seventh place on the PSAC's all-time list.

THE SERIES ...
Bloomsburg leads the all-time series against Mansfield, 105-76, but will be looking to avenge a 92-85 setback to the Mountaineers at the Nelson Field House back on January 20. Prior to that loss to Mansfield, the Huskies had won four straight and six of the last eight meetings between the two schools.

LAST TIME OUT ...
Graduate student Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School)posted his first collegiate double-double last Wednesday night but it wasn't enough as Bloomsburg suffered a 94-76 loss to visiting East Stroudsburg at the Nelson Field House. For the second consecutive game, Moore was 10-of-12 from the field and led the Huskies with 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He also added four steals and three assists in a career-high 36 minutes. Sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) and freshman Matthew Kachelries (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) added 13 points apiece while redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) chipped in with 12. Kachelries reached double figures for the first time since scoring 11 points in Bloomsburg's 110-59 home victory over Cheyney on January 6 while Mortellite closed to within 15 points of becoming the 12th player in PSAC history to record 2,000 career points. Sophomore Austin Harriott(Philadelphia, Pa./Hun School) added eight points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench.

Malik Carter and Tyler Moffe led Mansfield offensively in a 65-57 PSAC East loss at Shippensburg on Saturday afternoon at Heiges Field House. Carter scored 14 points and pulled down six rebounds with Moffe adding 13 points for the Mounties. Jeremiah Worthem scored eight points and recorded a game-high nine rebounds. Matt Tamaosnky chipped in nine points. The Raiders led for the majority of the first half, holding their biggest advantage of 11 points at the 2:34 mark. Mansfield cut the deficit down to six points on a Jahmir Green lay-up to head into the break trailing 30-24. The Mountaineers pulled within four points twice during the second half, but Shippensburg held on to remain undefeated at home this season.

SCOUTING BLOOMSBURG ...
The Huskies enter Wednesday's matchup with a 14-10 overall record and a 10-10 mark in the PSAC East. The Huskies have clinched the fifth seed in the Eastern Division standings and will participate in the PSAC tournament for the third straight year, and sixth time in the last seven seasons beginning next Monday. Bloomsburg is fifth in the PSAC in scoring at 82.2 points per game and ranks 10th in the league in scoring defense at 78.2. The team is sixth in the league in rebounding margin (+2.2) and 11th in the league in turnover margin (-0.38). The Huskies average just 13.3 turnovers per game - tied for the fourth-best mark in the PSAC.

Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) leads the Huskies, and is seventh in the PSAC, in scoring by averaging 20.9 points per game. He has scored at least 25 points eight times and has reached double figures in 23 of the 24 contests. On January 31 against Kutztown, Mortellite became the school's all-time leading scorer as he surpassed Mike Ellzy (1993-97) who finished his career with 1,911 points. He needs 15 points to become the 12th player in PSAC history to record 2,000 career points and currently ranks 13th on the PSAC's all-time scoring list with 1,985 points. He became the eighth player in PSAC history to record 300 three-pointers against Millersville on February 10 and ranks eighth in conference history with 304 career makes. Mortellite also leads the team in rebounding (6.9), is second in steals (1.4), and is second in assists (2.8). He is second in the PSAC in threes-per-game (3.21) and is tops in the league in free-throw percentage (90.6%; 96-of-106). Sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) is second on the team in scoring as he averages 13.2 points per game. He recorded what is believed to be the program's first triple-double (21 pts, 11 reb, 13 ast) against Lock Haven on February 3 - three days after his first career double-double (12 pts, 10 reb) against Kutztown on January 31. Mauras is averaging 14.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 2.3 steals over the last nine games. He leads the team in assists (105) and steals (39) and ranks eighth in the PSAC in assists per game (4.4), tied for tenth in steals (1.6), and tied for seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0). 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. He ranks second on the team in rebounding (6.1) and free-throw percentage (82.6%; 76-of-92). Rose leads the team with 58 blocked shots and is third in the PSAC, and 16th in the country, in blocks per game (2.42). He is third on the school's all-time list with 127 career swats. Graduate student Hashim Moore(Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) is also in double figures, averaging 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds. He posted his first career double-double last Wednesday with 22 points and 13 rebounds against East Stroudsburg. Moore is 20-of-24 (83.3%) from the field in the last two games and is shooting 60.1% (113-of-188) from the floor this season. His shooting percentage would be third in the PSAC but he does not have enough makes this season to qualify (seven short of the five field goals per game minimum).

SCOUTING MANSFIELD ...
Mansfield enters Wednesday night's matchup with a 6-18 overall record and a 5-15 mark in the PSAC Eastern Division. The Mountaineers have been eliminated for postseason play and has only the game against Bloomsburg and a road game at Cheyney on Saturday left in the season. For the most part, points have been tough to come by for the Mountaineers as they are only 16th in the PSAC in scoring offense (70.2). They did, however, score a season-high 92 points in a 92-85 victory over the Huskies at the Nelson Field House back on January 20. Defensively, Mansfield is ninth in the league (75.8). The team is 13th in the league in rebounding margin (-2.1) and is 15th in the conference in turnover margin (-1.21).

Mansfield features three players averaging double figures in scoring. Malik Carter leads the way at 16.9 points per game while also ranking second on the team in rebounding (5.9). Carter is tops on the team in three-pointers (28), steals (57), and blocked shots (14), and is second in assists (67). Jeremiah Worthem is second on the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game while leading the squad in rebounding (8.3). He also leads the team in foul shooting at 78.3% (65-of-83). Matt Tamanosky is also in double digits at 12.4 points per game. Tamanosky ranks second in the PSAC in field goal percentage at 60.8% (121-of-199). Keep an eye on Tyler Moffe, who averages 8.3 points per game and ranks second on the team with 26 triples. The team has been without its starting point guard, Cedrick Powell (6.9 points, 4.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds), for the last four games.

BROKEN RECORDS ...
Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) became the school's all-time leading scorer against Kutztown on January 31 - just another added to the laundry list of records he currently owns. Mortellite now holds the school record for most career points (1,985), most points in a season (613), most threes in a season (110), most career threes made (304), most career free throws made (433), most three-point attempts in a season (255), and most career three-point attempts (721). He could still break several other records by season's end including most career field goals made (needs 69), most career free throws attempted (needs 48), 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 currently ranks 13th on the PSAC's all-time scoring list with 1,985 points and trails Cheyney's Charlie Parker by 14 points to move into a tie for 12th place on the PSAC's all-time list. He is also eighth on the PSAC's all-time list in career three-pointers with 304 and needs four to tie Lock Haven's Mike Shue (1993-97) for seventh.

HISTORIC WEEK ...
Two historic accomplishments were achieved in the span of three days at the Nelson Field House for the Bloomsburg men's basketball program. On Wednesday, January 31, Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) became the school's all-time leading scorer after a driving layup with 18:54 left in regulation against Kutztown. The basket gave him 1,913 points for his career, surpassing Mike Ellzy's previous record of 1,911 from 1993-97. Then, on Saturday, February 3, sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) recorded what is believed to be the program's first-ever triple-double in an eight-point win over Lock Haven. Mauras had 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists, recording the 19th triple-double in Division II this season and only the second by a PSAC player (Seton Hill's Spencer Casson had the first).

DOWNTOWN WITH THE HUSKIES ...
The Huskies have made at least one three-pointer in 205 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 four times this season but has made at least five in 19 of its 24 games. The Huskies are tied for sixth in the PSAC, averaging 7.3 threes per game and sixth in percentage (36.2%).

GETTING TO THE STRIPE ...
Bloomsburg is shooting 74.1% from the free throw line this season - fifth in the PSAC - and has outscored its opponents from the stripe in 19 of the 24 games. The Huskies are +101 from the foul line this season (397-296). Bloomsburg features three of the top 13 foul shooters in the PSAC this season - Christian Mortellite(Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) (1st, 90.6%), Kyle-Michael Rose(Middletown, Del./Sanford School) (10th, 82.6%), and Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) (13th, 80.2%). The home win over Lock Haven on February 3, marked the first, and only, time this season that Bloomsburg won despite being outscored (1-4) and out-attempted (1-6) from the foul line.

COMING UP ROSES ...
With his 58 blocks this season, senior Kyle-Michael Rose(Middletown, Del./Sanford School) has moved into third place on the school's all-time list with 127 career blocks. The 58 blocks this season are the most by a Bloomsburg player since Larry Webster(Hagerstown, MD/Elkton) swatted 61 shots during the 2009-10 campaign. Rose became the seventh player in school history to record 100 blocked shots with three against Cheyney on January 6. He is currently third in the PSAC, and 16th in the country, in blocks per game (2.42) and needs three blocks to tie Lee Gump (1992-96) for second on the school's all-time list.

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 is second on the team in scoring (13.2) and leads the team - eighth in the PSAC - in assists (4.4). He posted what is believed to be the program's first-ever triple-double (21 pts, 11 reb, 13 ast) against Lock Haven on February 3. Moore is averaging 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds. After opening the season by averaging 3.7 points in his first three games, Moore is averaging 12.5 points, while shooting 109-of-171 (63.7%) from the field over his last 21 games. Moore is 20-of-24 (83.3%) from the field in the last two games and posted his first career double-double (22 pts, 13 reb) against East Stroudsburg last Wednesday. Harriott averages 6.9 points while ranking third on the team in rebounding (6.0) and second in blocks (20). He posted his first career double-double (11 pts, 11 reb) at Cheyney on February 7 and is averaging 8.1 boards over his last seven games.

MORE ON MORTELLITE ...
Mortellite has 55 career 20-point efforts (103 games) and eight career 30-point games. He has hit double figures in 85 of his last 89 games and has been held to under 10 points in a game only 11 times in his career. The redshirt senior now needs 15 points to become the 12th player in PSAC history to record 2,000 career points. He currently ranks 13th on the PSAC's all-time scoring list with 1,985 points and trails Cheyney's Charlie Parker by 14 points to move into 12th place on the PSAC's all-time list. He is also eighth on the PSAC's all-time list in career three-pointers with 304 and needs four to tie Lock Haven's Mike Shue (1993-97) for seventh.

THAT'S OFFENSIVE ...
Bloomsburg posted 110-59 victory over visiting Cheyney on 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. Prior to the 98-62 loss at East Stroudsburg on January 13, the Huskies had scored at least 90 points in four straight games - the longest streak in program history. Bloomsburg had done it in three straight games three times with the most recent coming in the 2010-11 season.

UP NEXT ...
Bloomsburg will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, February 24, when it heads to Shippensburg University for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off. The Huskies lost to the Raiders, 75-65, at the Nelson Field House back on January 24.

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