PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday night as it fell on the road to Holy Family University, 82-71. The Huskies dropped to 1-1 on the season while the Tigers improved to 2-1 on the young season.
Foul shooting and turnovers proved to be quite costly for the young Huskies on Tuesday. Bloomsburg turned the ball over 19 times, compared to nine for Holy Family, and made only 10-of-26 (38.5%) from the charity stripe.
Junior Ky Mauras (Reading, Pa./Reading) paced the Huskies with 20 points while adding nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Redshirt junior Sam Saxton (York, Pa./Central York), sophomore Nicholas King (Easton, Pa./Freedom), and freshman Travis Elmore (Tobyhanna, Pa./Pocono Mountain West) added 13 points apiece for the Huskies in the loss. Saxton added nine rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass, and hit 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. King was 2-of-3 from long range and chipped in four rebounds while Elmore has reached double figures in each of his first two collegiate games. He added six boards for the Huskies.
The hosts led by as many as nine late in the first half before King drilled a three-pointer with seven seconds left to cut the Holy Family lead to 40-34 as the teams headed to their respective locker rooms.
King's triple sparked the Huskies at the outset of the second half as Bloomsburg battled all the way back to take a two-point lead, 46-44, with 14:23 left in regulation. King had five points during the run including the jumper that snapped a 44-44 tie. But, three consecutive baskets by the Tigers - one each from Jalen Thompson, Dymir Montague, and Patrick Robinson - gave Holy Family a four-point advantage, 50-46, with 12:44 left. The Huskies could not recover from the mini run as the Tigers led the rest of the way and built the lead to as many as 12 late in regulation.
Bloomsburg did cut the lead to one, 53-52, with 9:25 left before the Tigers went on a 17-7 run over the next four minutes to pull away.
The Huskies held a 50-40 edge on the glass as Mauras, Saxton, and redshirt senior Darius Robinson-Wallace(Philadelphia, Pa./Delaware Valley Charter) each had nine rebounds to lead the team. Bloomsburg shot 27-of-64 (42.2%) from the field and made 7-of-16 (43.8%) from deep but the aforementioned struggles from the line hurt the offense.
Holy Family had five players in double figures led by Robinson's 20 points and eight rebounds. Montague flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists for the victors. The Tigers were 30-of-69 (43.5%) from the field and 8-of-27 (29.6%) from long range. Holy Family wasn't terribly great at the line either as it went 14-of-25 (56.0%) from the stripe. However, the ten fewer turnovers committed by the Tigers were too much for the Huskies to overcome.
Bloomsburg will be at Division I St. Francis University on Tuesday, November 27, before returning home to host Felician on Wednesday, November 28. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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