Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Huskies Men's Hoops Looks To Complete Season Sweep Of Cheyney Wednesday


(Photo courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information)
Men's Basketball
BLOOMSBURG (12-9, 8-9 PSAC East) vs CHEYNEY (2-17, 2-13 PSAC East)
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Cheyney, Pa. | Cope Hall


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STARTING FIVE ...
- Wednesday's matchup marks the 139th meeting between Bloomsburg and Cheyney with the Huskies holding a slim, 71-67, edge over the Wolves. Bloomsburg has won ten straight games against Cheyney dating back to the Wolves' last win over the Huskies - a 72-54 decision in Cheyney on January 19, 2013.


- With 18:54 left in regulation on January 31 against Kutztown, a running layup by Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) made him the program's all-time leading scorer as he passed Mike Ellzy's career total of 1,911 from 1993-97. The redshirt senior now needs 66 points to become the 12th player in PSAC history to record 2,000 career points. He currently ranks 17th on the PSAC's all-time scoring list and trails IUP's Darryl Webb (2007-11) and Millersville's Charlie Parker (2004-08) by 15 points to crack the top 15.

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 now moved into third place on the school's all-time list with 123 career blocks. He needs seven blocks to tie Lee Gump (1992-96) for second on the career list. He is third in the PSAC, and 12th in the country, in blocks per game (2.57).

- The Huskies have made at least one three-pointer in 202 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 17 of its 21 games. The Huskies are sixth in the PSAC, averaging 7.5 threes per game and fifth in percentage (37.2%).

- Mortellite became the school's all-time leader in career threes made with his 238th career make at IUP on November 19. Mortellite now has 293 for his career and ranks eighth on the PSAC's all-time list. The all-time Bloomsburg record (men or women) is held by Dana Wieller (Bethlehem/Liberty) (2009-13) who hit 332 during her career.

THE SERIES ...
Wednesday's matchup marks the 139th meeting between Bloomsburg and Cheyney with the Huskies holding a slim, 71-67, edge over the Wolves. Bloomsburg has won ten straight games against Cheyney dating back to the Wolves' last win over the Huskies - a 72-54 decision in Cheyney on January 19, 2013.

LAST TIME OUT ...
Sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) recorded what is believed to be the first triple-double in program history as the Huskies earned a crucial 85-77 victory over visiting Lock Haven on Saturday afternoon. Mauras led the Huskies with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists while adding three steals and committing just one turnover in 38 minutes of action. Mauras finished 5-of-12 from the field, 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, and 8-of-10 from the foul line for his sixth 20-point effort of the season - one point shy of his career-high of 22 points he scored at Seton Hill on January 17. Mauras had help from redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) who finished with his fifth double-double of the season as he posted 14 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Ethan Houston (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) added a career-high 14 points and tied a career-best with seven rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. He was 4-of-7 from three-point range and scored 11 of his points in the first half. Senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) was the fourth Huskies' player in double digits as he chipped in 13 points in only 18 minutes.

Cheyney returned to Cope Hall for the first time in 2018, but visiting Millersville jumped on the hosts with a 21-point run to take control midway through the first half, en route to a 90-48 victory. Jeff Lewis led Cheyney with 13 points and Cliff St. Juste scored nine. Derrick Biney added seven points for the Wolves, while Craig McGlond pulled down a team-high five rebounds. Cheyney held a 9-7 lead following a layup and three-point shot from Lewis, but the Marauders would quickly tie the game at 9-9 and then score the next 21 points, which included five three-point shots.

SCOUTING BLOOMSBURG ...
The Huskies enter Wednesday's contest with a 12-9 overall record and an 8-9 mark in the PSAC Eastern Division standings. Bloomsburg is two games ahead of Millersville, 2.5 games ahead of Lock Haven, and three games clear of Mansfield for fifth in the division standings. Bloomsburg is fifth in the PSAC in scoring at 82.5 points per game but ranks 12th in the league in scoring defense at 78.4. The team is sixth in the league in rebounding margin (+0.8) and 10th in the league in turnover margin (+0.19). The Huskies average just 12.8 turnovers per game - the fifth-best mark in the PSAC.

Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) leads the Huskies, and is fifth in the PSAC, in scoring by averaging 21.4 points per game. He has scored at least 25 points eight times and has reached double figures in 20 of the 21 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 66 points to become the 12th player in PSAC history to record 2,000 career points and currently ranks 17th on the PSAC's all-time scoring list with 1,934 points. He also needs only seven three-pointers to become the eighth player in conference history with 300 made threes. Mortellite also leads the team in rebounding (7.1), is second in steals (1.3), and is second in assists (2.9). He is third in the PSAC in threes-per-game (3.14) and is third in the league in free-throw percentage (90.0%; 90-of-100). Sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) is second on the team in scoring as he averages 13.5 points per game. He recorded what is believed to be the program's first triple-double (21 pts, 11 reb, 13 ast) on Saturday against Lock Haven - three days after his first career double-double (12 pts, 10 reb) against Kutztown last Wednesday. Mauras is averaging 16.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists over the last six games. He leads the team in assists (93) and steals (34) and ranks sixth in the conference in assists per game (4.4), tied for tenth in steals (1.6), and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1). 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 54 blocked shots and is third in the PSAC, and 12th in the country, in blocks per game (2.57). Rose is third on the school's all-time list with 123 career swats.

SCOUTING CHEYNEY ...
The Wolves are 2-17 overall and 2-13 in the PSAC Eastern Division and enter the matchup on an eight-game losing streak. Points have been tough to come by for Cheyney this season as it ranks last in the PSAC in scoring, averaging just 56.0 points per game. The Wolves are also last in the league in scoring defense as they allow 85.9 points per game to their opponents. Cheyney ranks dead last in the conference in all three shooting categories - field goals (33.2%), three-pointers (20.9%), and free throws (63.0%) - and comes in ranked 15th in rebounding margin (-3.8) and last in turnover margin (-5.70). Jeff Lewis leads Cheyney in scoring at 10.5 points per game. He ranks second on the team in three-pointers (15), rebounds (5.3), steals (15), and blocked shots (12). Cliff St. Juste is second on the team in scoring at 9.3 points per game. He is tops on the squad with 18 three-pointers and is tied with Kyle Parker for the team lead in assists with 38. Amir Boney leads in rebounding at 5.4 per game while Olin Ugo leads with 14 blocked shots on the season.

HISTORIC WEEK ...
It was a week to remember for the Bloomsburg University men's basketball program as two historic accomplishments were achieved in the span of three days at the Nelson Field House. Last Wednesday, 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, 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).

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 (1,934), most points in a season (613), most threes in a season (110), most career threes made (293), most career free throws made (427), most three-point attempts in a season (255), and most career three-point attempts (694). He could still break several other records by season's end including most career field goals made (needs 86), most career free throws attempted (needs 54), 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 is currently 17th on the PSAC's all-time scoring list and needs 66 points to become the 12th player in conference history to reach 2,000 for his career. Meanwhile, he is eighth in PSAC history in career three-pointers made with 293 and is seven away from joining seven other PSAC players with 300 career triples.

A GAME FOR THE AGES ...
Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) just would not allow the Huskies to lose on January 27 as Bloomsburg completed the season sweep of nationally-ranked West Chester after an 86-78 road win. Mortellite scored 37 points - his third 30-point game of the season and eighth of his career. Mortellite was a perfect 12-of-12 from the field including 6-of-6 from three-point range. Ironically, the only two shots he missed came at the free-throw line where he went 7-of-9 on the day. He scored 24 of his points in the second half, 12 of which came in the final 5:22 after the Huskies fell behind by seven.

MORE ON MORTELLITE ...
Mortellite has 54 career 20-point efforts (100 games) and eight career 30-point games. He has hit double figures in 82 of his last 86 games and has been held to under 10 points in a game only 11 times in his career. The redshirt senior now needs 66 points to become the 12th player in PSAC history to record 2,000 career points. He currently ranks 17th on the PSAC's all-time scoring list and trails IUP's Darryl Webb (2007-11) and Millersville's Charlie Parker (2004-08) by 15 points to move into the top 15.

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.

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 (13.5) and leads the team - sixth in the PSAC - in assists (4.4). He is coming off of a triple-double (21 pts, 11 reb, 13 ast) against Lock Haven on Saturday. Moore is averaging 10.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. After opening the season by averaging 3.7 points in his first three games, Moore is averaging 12.1 points, while shooting 89-of-147 (60.5%) from the field over the last 18 games. Harriott averages 6.9 points while ranking third on the team in rebounding (5.4) and second in blocks (18).

DOWNTOWN WITH THE HUSKIES ...
The Huskies have made at least one three-pointer in 202 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 17 of its 21 games. The Huskies are sixth in the PSAC, averaging 7.5 threes per game and fifth in percentage (37.2%).

GETTING TO THE STRIPE ...
Bloomsburg is shooting 74.9% from the free throw line this season - fifth in the PSAC - and has outscored its opponents from the stripe in 17 of the 21 games. The Huskies are +90 from the foul line this season (353-263). Bloomsburg features three of the top twelve foul shooters in the PSAC this season - Christian Mortellite(Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) (3rd, 90.0%), Kyle-Michael Rose(Middletown, Del./Sanford School) (8th, 84.3%), and Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) (12th, 80.0%). Saturday's win over Lock Haven marked the first time this season that Bloomsburg won despite being outscored (1-3) and out-attempted (1-5) from the foul line.

COMING UP ROSES ...
With his 54 blocks this season, senior Kyle-Michael Rose(Middletown, Del./Sanford School) has moved into third place on the school's all-time list with 123 career blocks. The 54 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 12th in the country, in blocks per game (2.57). He needs seven blocks to tie Lee Gump (1992-96) for second.

UP NEXT ...
The Huskies return home on Saturday, February 10, to host Millersville at the Nelson Field House. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and will be Senior Day. Bloomsburg will honor Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton)Hashim Moore(Sunrise, Fla./Hun School), and Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) prior to the start. The Huskies will be looking to complete the season sweep after knocking off the Marauders, 95-72, on January 10.

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