Saturday, February 10, 2018

Men's Basketball - Huskies Clinches Playoff Spot With 89-78 Win Over Millersville Saturday

(Photo courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information)
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BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team outscored visiting Millersville University, 35-19, over the final 10:44 of regulation as the Huskies knocked off the Marauders, 89-78, at the Nelson Field House on Saturday afternoon. It marked the third consecutive win for Bloomsburg which improved to 14-9 overall and 10-9 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division standings. More importantly, however, was that the victory secured a postseason berth for the Huskies for the third consecutive season and the sixth time in the last seven years. Millersville, with the loss, fell to 9-16 overall and 7-12 in league play.

Graduate student Hashim Moore (Sunrise, Fla./Hun School) led four Huskies in double figures with 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field. His point total was two shy of his career-high of 24 points he scored at Lock Haven on December 30. Redshirt senior Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) added 21 points which included going 4-of-5 from three-point range. With his third triple of the game, he became only the eighth player in PSAC history to record 300 career three-pointers and, with his 21 points, moved to within 27 points of becoming just the 12th player in conference history to register 2,000 points for his career. Senior Kyle-Michael Rose (Middletown, Del./Sanford School) also had a sensational game for the Huskies as he posted 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double. Rose added a pair of blocked shots to move him to within three blocked shots of tying Lee Gump (1992-96) for second on the school's all-time list for career blocks. The senior has 127 blocks in his three seasons with the Huskies.

Sophomore Khary Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) chipped in with 15 points and five assists for the Huskies, who completed the season sweep over the Marauders.

The Huskies started hot as they jumped out to their largest lead of the first half, 17-10, with 13:05 left as Moore and Rose combined for a dozen of the team's first 17 points. Bloomsburg still led 21-15 with 11:12 left before the Marauders fought back to tie the game at 24-24 with a 9-3 run over the next three minutes. Mortellite broke the tie with a triple and the Huskies never relinquished the advantage the rest of the opening half. When the dust settled, Bloomsburg held a three-point lead, 39-36, at the break.

Mortellite and Moore each had 10 points in the first half while Rose had seven points and nine rebounds at intermission.

However, it was Millersville that came out of the locker room as the aggressor in the second half. The Marauders built up their largest lead of the game, 59-54, with 10:44 left in regulation before the Huskies clawed their way back.

Bloomsburg went on a 9-2 run to erase the five-point deficit and turn it into a 63-61 advantage with 7:50 remaining. Sophomore Austin Harriott (Philadelphia, Pa./Hun School) cut the lead to one with a layup and then grabbed his own rebound on his and-one attempt from the line. The ball got worked around to Mortellite who buried his third three-pointer of the game, and 300th of his career, with 7:50 left to give the Huskies the two-point lead. Conrad Chambers answered for Millersville with a triple at the other end before Mortellite buried another triple on the Huskies' next possession to give the hosts a 66-64 lead with 7:13 remaining.

Millersville tied the game on the next possession but Moore answered with a layup at the other end to regain a 68-66 lead with 6:39 left in regulation. Bloomsburg would never give up the lead from that point as it continued to extend the advantage, getting it to as many as 13 points late in the half before settling for the 11-point victory.

Bloomsburg shot 59.0% from the field (36-of-61), including 63.6% in the second half (21-of-33). The Huskies also connected on 6-of-14 (42.9%) from beyond the arc but made only 11-of-18 (61.1%) from the line. Bloomsburg held a slight 36-31 edge on the glass.

The visitors, meanwhile, shot 31-of-65 from the field (47.7%) and made 7-of-20 (35.0%) from long range. The Marauders went 9-of-13 from the stripe (69.2%).

Marcus Adkison led three Maruaders in double figures with 19 points.

Bloomsburg will look to extend its winning streak to four straight when it entertains East Stroudsburg University on Wednesday night, February 14, in the final home game of the regular season. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The Huskies will be looking to avenge a 98-62 loss at East Stroudsburg back on January 13.

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