02/14/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2018 20:24
BLOOMSBURG - Redshirt senior forward tied his career-high with 25 points on 10-for-10 shooting, and East Stroudsburg University scored the final 10 points in a 94-76 win at Bloomsburg in PSAC East men's basketball on Wednesday night at Nelson Field House.
Harris, the PSAC's leader in field goal percentage at 64.6 percent, had the top shooting game by an ESU player under 16th-year head coach as the Warriors (18-5, 15-4) kept pace in the PSAC East.
ESU, which played the first game in Wednesday's doubleheader at Bloomsburg, entered the night tied for the PSAC East lead in the loss column with West Chester (19-4, 15-4), which hosts Lock Haven, and Shippensburg (18-5, 14-4), which travels to Cheyney. Kutztown (17-5, 13-5), hosting Millersville, is a game back.
Redshirt junior guard and senior guard scored 17 points each and sophomore forward had 14 points and nine boards for the Warriors, who were playing without junior guard , who suffered an injury in Monday's 95-74 win at Cheyney.
ESU, averaging 93.6 points per game, won its fourth straight and seventh in the last eight games going into Saturday's match-up vs. No. 23-ranked West Chester at 3 p.m. at Koehler Fieldhouse.
Hashim Moore had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 11 of Bloomsburg's 20 turnovers. Khray Mauras, who had a triple-double on February 3 vs. Lock Haven, had 13 points, Matthew Kachelries had 13 off the bench and Christian Mortellite had 12 for the Huskies (14-10, 10-10).
Mortellite, sixth in the PSAC in scoring (21.3 ppg) who entered the night 27 points away from the 2,000-point mark for his career, had just 23 combined points on 8-for-32 shooting in two games vs. ESU this season. He was 4-for-21 on Wednesday night (3-for-13 from three) after scoring 11 in ESU's 98-62 win at Koehler on January 13.
Harris scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, including six in the Warriors' closing 10-0 run in the final 2:58.
His 10-for-10 effort eclipses five Warriors who have been 8-for-8 under Wilson (since 2002-03), including Quindell Brice at Bloomsburg last season. He had the eighth game at 10-for-10 or better in NCAA Division II this season.
Harris pushed his season field goal percentage to 66.3, and his ESU-best career mark to 63.5, while surpassing the 900-point mark for his career (915). He is shooting 75.0 percent (51-for-68) while averaging 16.8 points in the last eight games.
He had his fourth 20-point game of the season and the fifth of his career, tying his career-best of 25 in a 101-95 win vs. Kutztown on January 20.
Krawczeniuk, who had a career-high 26 in a 118-102 win vs. Lock Haven last Thursday before missing Monday's win at Cheyney, had his second straight strong game, going 6-for-10 from the field and 2-for-4 from three.
Jones added six of ESU's 12 steals, the first ESU player with at least six steals since Whis Grant in 2013.
The Warriors had a 20-15 turnover advantage, just under their DII-leading average in turnovers forced (23.0), harassing Moore into 11 despite his 23 points on 10-for-12 shooting.
ESU was 33-for-65 (50.8 percent) from the field, 7-for-20 from three and 21-for-27 at the foul line, with Jones going 8-for-10.
Bloomsburg was 28-for-70 (40.0 percent), hampered by Mortellite's 4-for-21 night, 4-for-22 from three and 16-for-22 at the line.
ESU led 50-42 at halftime and opened a 68-49 advantage, its largest of the game, with 14:32 remaining.
Bloomsburg used a 13-4 run to close within 10, and got as close as seven (77-70) at the eight-minute mark before a three-point play by Harris.
ESU led 84-76 at the final media timeout with 3:15 remaining before scoring the final 10 points.
The Warriors won their sixth straight at Nelson Field House since dropping overtime contests in 2011 and 2012. They have won four straight vs. Bloomsburg overall.