PREVIEW: Men’s Basketball Tries to Avoid Recent Road Skid at Bloomsburg

1/30/2018 | Men’s Basketball
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KUTZTOWN – The Kutztown University men’s basketball team will be looking to halt a recent road skid as it heads to take on Bloomsburg University in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) game at Nelson Field House Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

The Golden Bears (14-4 overall, 10-4 PSAC) are coming off an 88-80 defeat at Shippensburg University last Saturday, Jan. 27. In their prior road contest before the game against the Raiders, KU fell at East Stroudsburg University 101-95 on Jan. 20. Kutztown will be looking to stop that road losing streak against a streaky Huskies (11-8, 7-8) team. Bloomsburg won at No. 20 West Chester 86-78 in its last game, but lost to Mansfield and Shippensburg in the two games before.

Kutztown has not lost consecutive games during the regular season in its last 54 games, dating back to the 2015-16 season when it lost at then Philadelphia University on Jan. 13, 2016, followed by at East

Stroudsburg three days later on Jan. 16. That, coincidentally was the last time KU lost back-to-back road games. The Maroon and Gold is 4-4 away from Keystone Arena this season.

This will be the 165th meeting between the two schools with the Huskies leading the all-time series, 108-56. However, Kutztown has won six of the last seven meetings – and 11 of the last 14, including a 97-92 victory at Keystone Arena on Jan. 3.

Redshirt-junior Anthony Lee led all scorers, tying a career-high with 34 points, and adding seven rebounds and six assists. Senior Ethan Ridgeway tallied 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and sophomore Max Wagner had 14 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Moe Williams contributed nine points, a season-high five assists and four rebounds. Rafiq Marshall, who led the team in scoring (18 points) in KU’s last game against Shippensburg, recorded eight points against the Huskies.

Bloomsburg’s Christian Mortellite (21.8 ppg) is sixth in the PSAC in scoring, three positions behind Lee (22.1). The redshirt-senior had a season-high 37 points on 12-of-12 shooting from the field, including 6-of-6 from long range in the win at the Golden Rams. Like Lee, Mortellite has hit the 30-point make three times this season.

Lee is shooting 56.8% from the field and leads the country in three-point percentage at 53 percent (55-of-103). He also ranks first in the PSAC in free-throw percentage (92.5). Ridgeway is second in Division II in assists per game (7.7) and fourth among active career assist leaders (603). He is tied for sixth all-time in PSAC history in career assists.

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