Thursday, February 15, 2018

Men's Basketball Falls To East Stroudsburg Wednesday Night

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BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - Graduate student Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) posted his first collegiate double-double on Wednesday night but it wasn't enough as the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team suffered a 94-76 loss to visiting East Stroudsburg University at the Nelson Field House. The Huskies saw their three-game winning streak come to an end as they fell to 14-10 overall and 10-10 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division standings. The Warriors, meanwhile, improved to 18-5 overall and 15-4 in league play.

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.

East Stroudsburg led from wire-to-wire with the Huskies tying the game just once - 7-7 with 17:52 left in the first half on a layup from Mauras. The Warriors worked the lead up to as many as 15 points, 31-16, with 7:34 left in the opening half before Bloomsburg began to chip away. The Huskies outscored the Warriors, 22-13, over the next six minutes to cut the lead to six, 44-38, with 1:32 left on a three-point play from Mortellite. Bloomsburg, however, could get no closer before the half ended and the visitors held a 50-42 advantage at the break.

The visitors again started strong at the outset of the second half and extended the advantage back up to its largest margin, 68-49, with 14:32 left in regulation before the Huskies made things interesting. Bloomsburg went on a 19-9 run in the span of four minutes to get the East Stroudsburg lead back to single-digits, 74-65, with 10:29 left after Mortellite nailed a three-pointer. The teams exchanged baskets before freshman Ethan Houston(Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) knocked down a triple from the corner to cut the lead to seven, 77-70, with eight minutes remaining. That, however, would be as close as the hosts would get as the Huskies just could not get a shot to fall down the stretch to answer the Warriors' offense.

Despite Mortellite reaching double figures for the 23rd time in 24 games this season, he shot a season-low 4-of-21 from the field and made only 3-of-13 from beyond the arc. Senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School), who was plagued with foul trouble for much of the game, did not score as he went 0-of-7 from the field. The duo, who entered the game as Bloomsburg's top scorer and third-highest scorer of the season, combined to shoot 4-of-28 from the field for 12 total points.

The Huskies shot 28-of-70 (40.0%) from the field which was aided by Moore's 10-of-12 performance. However, Bloomsburg made only 4-of-22 (18.2%) from beyond the arc. The Huskies did hold an advantage on the glass, 44-34, with Moore (13) and Harriott (11) both getting into double figures in that category. East Stroudsburg, meanwhile, shot 33-of-65 (50.8%) from the field and made 7-of-20 (35.0%) from long range.

East Stroudsburg was led by Steve Harris who went a perfect 10-of-10 from the field en route to a game-high 25 points.

Bloomsburg, which has clinched the fifth seed in the PSAC Tournament, will be off until next Wednesday, February 21, when it heads to Mansfield University to battle the Mountaineers. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Huskies will be looking to avenge a 92-85 home loss to Mansfield back on January 20.

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