PREVIEW: Men’s Basketball Seeks Sixth Straight Over Bloomsburg Saturday

1/4/2019 | Men’s Basketball

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The Kutztown University men’s basketball team has found success against Bloomsburg University over the last four-plus seasons and will look to continue the trend when it travels to Nelson Field House for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division matchup tomorrow, Saturday, at 3 p.m.

The Golden Bears (8-6 overall, 2-4 PSAC) have won five straight games and eight of the last nine against the Huskies (4-6, 2-4), the lone loss coming in overtime during the 2015-16 campaign. The two teams met three times last year with KU coming out on top in each contest, including 93-79 last Feb. in the first round of the PSAC Tournament.

Kutztown has had an up-and-down first half of the season with half of its games behind it. KU is coming off a 74-61 non-conference road victory over Bowie State this past Wednesday, Jan. 2. It lost its East Division opener to West Chester in the game prior on Dec. 29, so will try to get on the board against Bloomsburg, a team entering on a 77-71 victory over Lock Haven Wednesday, but lost four straight games before.

The KU offense ranks third in the PSAC in scoring at 83.9 points per game (ppg), and has been in the top-three all season. KU is shooting 49.7-percent from the floor, second in the PSAC and the best since the 2016-17 season.

Anthony Lee has scored in double-digits the last 43 games and is second in Division II at 27.6 ppg. He is seventh in the conference in three-point percentage (44.2), first in three-pointers made (46) and second in free-throw percentage (91.2). Lee is one of just two players nationally to net a 50-point game this season. He scored 32 in the win against the Bulldogs and has not scored fewer than 15 points in any game this season.

Moe Williams has five double-doubles this season. He ranks first in the PSAC at 9.5 rebounds per game and second in field-goal percentage (58.9). Ricky Hicks has started 12-of-14 games and is 3rd on KU at 10.6 ppg. His 1.9 assists-to-turnover ratio ranks 10th in the PSAC.

Josh Townsend is fifth in the conference with 14 blocked shots, which leads KU. Kiyon Hardy is fifth on the team averaging 6.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg. Facundo Arens has started all 14 games and is averaging 6.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.7 assists per game (apg). Freshman Da’Quan Granberry is one-of-six Golden Bears to play in all 14 games this season. He is averaging 5.1 ppg and has scored at least nine points in four of the last five games.

The Huskies are led by Old Dominion transfer Ky Mauras, who has an average of 18.2 ppg. Freshman Travis Elmore is averaging 15.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg.

Bloomsburg is last in the PSAC in scoring defense and rebounding, so look for Kutztown’s high-scoring offense to find a rhythm in this one.

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