31 - Mario Blessing
Mario Blessing
Height: 6-2
Weight: 165
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Kusterdingen, Germany
Position: Guard
Major: Business Administration
Last School: Urspring HS
gp 33
pts/g 3.5
fg % 36.6
3pt % 33.9
ft % 56.5
reb/g 1.7
a/g 1.8
Blessing Career Game Highs
Points 11 - Three Times
Rebounds 4 - Three times
Assists 6 - Toledo (11/19/11)
Steals 2 Twice
Blocks
1 - Twice
 FG Made 4 - Three times
FG Att. 8 - Lipscomb (01/23/12)
3FG Made 3 - Twice
3FG Att. 5 - Three times
FT Made 2 - Six times
FT Att. 3 - Lipscomb (01/23/12)

2011-12: Played in all 34 games, starting 32 of those as a true freshman for the Spartans… Averaged 4.7 points per game and 1.5 rebounds per contest… Scored a career-high 11 points three different times during the season, coming at ETSU on Jan. 4, against ETSU Jan. 27 and at Jacksonville State on Jan. 30... Tallied a career-high six assists on the road at Toledo on Nov. 19… Made a career-high three three-pointers on Jan. 27 against ETSU and on Jan. 30 at Jacksonville State… Shot 36.4 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from behind the arc… Averaged 11.9 minutes per game and 1.8 assists per contest… Received the team’s Best Defensive Player Award at the department’s annual Coca-Cola Awards Banquet… A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team.

Before USC Upstate: Was a four-year letterwinner under the direction of Ralph Junge at Urspring High School… Finished senior campaign averaging 13.3 points, 4.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game… Was named team MVP in 2010 and 2011… Helped guide Urspring HS to three consecutive national championships (2008-10)… Scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in a 63-50 win over current Connecticut Husky Nils Giffey's Berlin squad in the 2010 championship game… Squad also claimed the German High School Championship in 2009 as well as a pair of European Championships in 2008 (in Bosnia) and 2010 (in Lithuania).

Personal: Born on Jan. 10, 1992 in Filderstadt, Germany… Son of Berud and Susanne Blessing… Has two older brothers… Majoring in business administration… His parents were his heroes growing up… Most admires his brothers… Favorite season is spring… Favorite TV show is “How I Met Your Mother”… Favorite movie is “Remember the Titans”… Favorited food is schnitzel… Enjoys playing sports and hanging out with friends… Wants to be a professional basketball player.

Mario Blessing's Career Statistics (1 year)
    Minutes  Total 3-Point F-Throws Rebounds     
Year gp-gs min avg fg fga pct fg fga pct ft fta pct off def tot avg pf fo ast t/o blk stl pts avg
2011-12 34-32 777 22.9 56 154 .364 31 88 .352 16 24 .667 19 33 52 1.5 75 2 62 58 2 16 159 4.7
Total 34-32 777 22.9 56 154 .364 31 88 .352 16 24 .667 19 33 52 1.5 75 2 62 58 2 16 159 4.7
Recent Games
Feb 16 Kennesaw State W, 79-67
Feb 21 at Jacksonville L, 68-64
Feb 23 at North Florida L, 77-53
Mar 1 at ETSU W, 88-56
Mar 7 vs. Jacksonville W, 76-62
Mar 8 at Mercer L, 72-64
Statistics category Overall Conf
Games 33 18
Games started 25 13
Minutes 668 359
Minutes per game 20.2 19.9
FG 41-112 17-55
FG Pct 36.6 30.9
3PT 20-59 12-35
3PT Pct 33.9 34.3
FT 13-23 9-18
FT Pct 56.5 50.0
Off rebounds 19 6
Def rebounds 38 21
Total rebounds 57 27
Rebounds per game 1.7 1.5
Personal fouls 59 33
Disqualifications 1 1
Assists 60 36
Turnovers 52 31
Assist to turnover ratio 1.2 1.2
Steals 23 7
Blocks 3 3
Points 115 55
Points per game 3.5 3.1
Points per 40 min 6.9 6.1
Date Opponent Score gs min fg pct 3pt pct ft pct pts
Nov 9 at Saint Louis L, 76-59 1 19 3-4 75.0 1-1 100.0 0-0 - 7
Nov 12 Hiwassee W, 90-36 1 20 3-4 75.0 1-1 100.0 0-0 - 7
Nov 17 at Texas San Antonio L, 67-59 1 20 0-2 0.0 0-0 - 0-0 - 0
Nov 20 at Santa Clara L, 85-65 1 21 0-4 0.0 0-2 0.0 0-0 - 0
Nov 21 vs. Eastern Washington L, 75-70 1 19 4-8 50.0 0-2 0.0 2-2 100.0 10
Nov 23 vs. Utah Valley W, 75-50 1 30 1-3 33.3 0-1 0.0 0-0 - 2
Nov 29 at UNC Asheville W, 73-71 1 20 0-1 0.0 0-1 0.0 0-0 - 0
Dec 2 at Kansas State L, 72-53 - 19 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-1 0.0 0
Dec 8 Texas San Antonio W, 88-77 1 24 2-4 50.0 2-3 66.7 0-0 - 6
Dec 17 at Baylor L, 73-57 1 24 3-6 50.0 1-2 50.0 0-0 - 7
Dec 21 at Tennessee State L, 67-64 1 22 3-5 60.0 2-3 66.7 0-0 - 8
Dec 30 Coastal Georgia W, 85-55 1 22 1-3 33.3 0-2 0.0 2-2 100.0 4
Jan 2 Hampton W, 68-49 1 21 1-7 14.3 0-2 0.0 0-0 - 2
Jan 5 at Northern Kentucky W, 60-54 1 22 1-3 33.3 1-3 33.3 2-2 100.0 5
Jan 7 at Lipscomb W, 98-61 1 19 5-5 100.0 5-5 100.0 1-1 100.0 16
Jan 10 Florida Gulf Coast L, 72-71 1 23 2-4 50.0 2-4 50.0 0-0 - 6
Jan 12 Stetson L, 66-64 - 21 1-3 33.3 0-1 0.0 0-0 - 2
Jan 17 at Kennesaw State W, 66-54 1 24 0-1 0.0 0-0 - 1-2 50.0 1
Jan 19 at Mercer L, 82-74 1 20 0-1 0.0 0-0 - 0-0 - 0
Jan 24 North Florida W, 63-57 1 23 2-6 33.3 1-2 50.0 1-6 16.7 6
Jan 26 Jacksonville W, 79-64 1 21 1-5 20.0 1-2 50.0 0-0 - 3
Jan 28 ETSU W, 88-71 1 23 2-5 40.0 1-3 33.3 2-2 100.0 7
Jan 31 Lipscomb W, 83-71 1 21 1-3 33.3 0-2 0.0 1-2 50.0 3
Feb 2 Northern Kentucky L, 70-65 1 19 0-1 0.0 0-1 0.0 0-0 - 0
Feb 7 at Stetson L, 73-66 1 21 2-3 66.7 1-2 50.0 0-0 - 5
Feb 9 at Florida Gulf Coast L, 74-49 1 23 0-5 0.0 0-4 0.0 0-0 - 0
Feb 14 Mercer L, 70-59 1 24 0-5 0.0 0-5 0.0 0-0 - 0
Feb 16 Kennesaw State W, 79-67 - 15 0-2 0.0 0-0 - 0-2 0.0 0
Feb 21 at Jacksonville L, 68-64 - 10 0-1 0.0 0-1 0.0 0-0 - 0
Feb 23 at North Florida L, 77-53 - 14 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0
Mar 1 at ETSU W, 88-56 - 16 0-2 0.0 0-0 - 1-1 100.0 1
Mar 7 vs. Jacksonville W, 76-62 - 15 0-1 0.0 0-1 0.0 0-0 - 0
Mar 8 at Mercer L, 72-64 - 13 3-5 60.0 1-3 33.3 0-0 - 7
Date Opponent Score gs min off def reb ast to a/to stl blk pf dq
Nov 9 at Saint Louis L, 76-59 1 19 0 1 1 0 2 0.0 0 0 2 0
Nov 12 Hiwassee W, 90-36 1 20 2 1 3 2 1 2.0 3 0 1 0
Nov 17 at Texas San Antonio L, 67-59 1 20 2 1 3 1 2 0.5 0 0 1 0
Nov 20 at Santa Clara L, 85-65 1 21 0 0 0 2 0 - 1 0 2 0
Nov 21 vs. Eastern Washington L, 75-70 1 19 2 0 2 0 0 - 0 0 1 0
Nov 23 vs. Utah Valley W, 75-50 1 30 1 3 4 1 2 0.5 2 0 1 0
Nov 29 at UNC Asheville W, 73-71 1 20 1 1 2 2 0 - 0 0 4 0
Dec 2 at Kansas State L, 72-53 - 19 0 1 1 2 1 2.0 0 0 1 0
Dec 8 Texas San Antonio W, 88-77 1 24 1 1 2 3 0 - 1 0 2 0
Dec 17 at Baylor L, 73-57 1 24 1 0 1 3 4 0.8 2 0 3 0
Dec 21 at Tennessee State L, 67-64 1 22 1 3 4 1 5 0.2 0 0 4 0
Dec 30 Coastal Georgia W, 85-55 1 22 2 2 4 4 1 4.0 1 0 2 0
Jan 2 Hampton W, 68-49 1 21 0 0 0 1 2 0.5 4 0 2 0
Jan 5 at Northern Kentucky W, 60-54 1 22 0 2 2 1 1 1.0 0 1 2 0
Jan 7 at Lipscomb W, 98-61 1 19 0 0 0 1 2 0.5 0 0 0 0
Jan 10 Florida Gulf Coast L, 72-71 1 23 0 0 0 4 4 1.0 1 1 5 1
Jan 12 Stetson L, 66-64 - 21 0 1 1 4 2 2.0 1 0 4 0
Jan 17 at Kennesaw State W, 66-54 1 24 1 1 2 4 1 4.0 0 0 1 0
Jan 19 at Mercer L, 82-74 1 20 1 0 1 1 1 1.0 0 0 1 0
Jan 24 North Florida W, 63-57 1 23 0 2 2 3 0 - 0 0 1 0
Jan 26 Jacksonville W, 79-64 1 21 0 2 2 3 2 1.5 1 0 0 0
Jan 28 ETSU W, 88-71 1 23 0 0 0 4 1 4.0 1 0 2 0
Jan 31 Lipscomb W, 83-71 1 21 0 3 3 3 5 0.6 1 0 4 0
Feb 2 Northern Kentucky L, 70-65 1 19 0 1 1 1 1 1.0 1 0 3 0
Feb 7 at Stetson L, 73-66 1 21 1 0 1 2 2 1.0 0 0 1 0
Feb 9 at Florida Gulf Coast L, 74-49 1 23 1 1 2 2 3 0.7 0 1 2 0
Feb 14 Mercer L, 70-59 1 24 1 3 4 2 2 1.0 1 0 3 0
Feb 16 Kennesaw State W, 79-67 - 15 0 3 3 0 1 0.0 0 0 1 0
Feb 21 at Jacksonville L, 68-64 - 10 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 2 0
Feb 23 at North Florida L, 77-53 - 14 1 1 2 0 0 - 0 0 0 0
Mar 1 at ETSU W, 88-56 - 16 0 1 1 1 2 0.5 0 0 1 0
Mar 7 vs. Jacksonville W, 76-62 - 15 0 1 1 1 1 1.0 1 0 0 0
Mar 8 at Mercer L, 72-64 - 13 0 2 2 1 0 - 1 0 0 0
  gp gs min/g fg/g pct 3pt/g pct ft/g pct ppg
Total 33 25 20.2 1.2-3.4 36.6 0.6-1.8 33.9 0.4-0.7 56.5 3.5
Conference 18 13 19.9 0.9-3.1 30.9 0.7-1.9 34.3 0.5-1.0 50.0 3.1
Exhibition - - - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - -

Home 13 11 21.3 1.2-4.0 30.8 0.6-2.2 28.6 0.5-1.1 42.9 3.5
Away 17 12 19.2 1.2-2.8 41.7 0.7-1.6 44.4 0.3-0.4 71.4 3.4
Neutral 3 2 21.3 1.7-4.0 41.7 0.0-1.3 0.0 0.7-0.7 100.0 4.0

Wins 16 13 21.0 1.2-3.4 36.4 0.8-1.8 42.9 0.7-1.2 55.0 3.9
Losses 17 12 19.5 1.2-3.4 36.8 0.5-1.8 25.8 0.1-0.2 66.7 3.1

November 7 7 21.3 1.6-3.7 42.3 0.3-1.1 25.0 0.3-0.3 100.0 3.7
December 5 4 22.2 1.8-3.6 50.0 1.0-2.0 50.0 0.4-0.6 66.7 5.0
January 11 10 21.6 1.5-3.9 37.2 1.0-2.2 45.8 0.7-1.4 53.3 4.6
February 7 4 18.0 0.3-2.4 11.8 0.1-1.9 7.7 0.0-0.3 0.0 0.7
March 3 - 14.7 1.0-2.7 37.5 0.3-1.3 25.0 0.3-0.3 100.0 2.7
  gp gs min fg pct 3pt pct ft pct pts
Total 33 25 668 41-112 36.6 20-59 33.9 13-23 56.5 115
Conference 18 13 359 17-55 30.9 12-35 34.3 9-18 50.0 55
Exhibition - - - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0

Home 13 11 277 16-52 30.8 8-28 28.6 6-14 42.9 46
Away 17 12 327 20-48 41.7 12-27 44.4 5-7 71.4 57
Neutral 3 2 64 5-12 41.7 0-4 0.0 2-2 100.0 12

Wins 16 13 336 20-55 36.4 12-28 42.9 11-20 55.0 63
Losses 17 12 332 21-57 36.8 8-31 25.8 2-3 66.7 52

November 7 7 149 11-26 42.3 2-8 25.0 2-2 100.0 26
December 5 4 111 9-18 50.0 5-10 50.0 2-3 66.7 25
January 11 10 238 16-43 37.2 11-24 45.8 8-15 53.3 51
February 7 4 126 2-17 11.8 1-13 7.7 0-2 0.0 5
March 3 - 44 3-8 37.5 1-4 25.0 1-1 100.0 8
  gp gs mpg off/g def/g reb/g pf/g dq/g ast/g to/g a/to stl/g blk/g
Total 33 25 20.2 0.6 1.2 1.7 1.8 0.0 1.8 1.6 1.2 0.7 0.1
Conference 18 13 19.9 0.3 1.2 1.5 1.8 0.1 2.0 1.7 1.2 0.4 0.2
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Home 13 11 21.3 0.5 1.5 1.9 2.3 0.1 2.6 1.7 1.5 1.2 0.1
Away 17 12 19.2 0.6 0.9 1.5 1.6 0.0 1.4 1.6 0.9 0.2 0.1
Neutral 3 2 21.3 1.0 1.3 2.3 0.7 0.0 0.7 1.0 0.7 1.0 0.0

Wins 16 13 21.0 0.5 1.4 1.9 1.5 0.0 2.1 1.4 1.5 0.9 0.1
Losses 17 12 19.5 0.6 0.9 1.5 2.1 0.1 1.5 1.8 0.9 0.5 0.1

November 7 7 21.3 1.1 1.0 2.1 1.7 0.0 1.1 1.0 1.1 0.9 0.0
December 5 4 22.2 1.0 1.4 2.4 2.4 0.0 2.6 2.2 1.2 0.8 0.0
January 11 10 21.6 0.2 1.0 1.2 2.0 0.1 2.6 1.9 1.4 0.8 0.2
February 7 4 18.0 0.6 1.3 1.9 1.7 0.0 1.0 1.4 0.7 0.3 0.1
March 3 - 14.7 0.0 1.3 1.3 0.3 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.7 0.0
  gp gs min off def reb pf dq ast to a/to stl blk
Total 33 25 668 19 38 57 59 1 60 52 1.2 23 3
Conference 18 13 359 6 21 27 33 1 36 31 1.2 7 3
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Home 13 11 277 6 19 25 30 1 34 22 1.5 16 1
Away 17 12 327 10 15 25 27 0 24 27 0.9 4 2
Neutral 3 2 64 3 4 7 2 0 2 3 0.7 3 0

Wins 16 13 336 8 23 31 24 0 34 22 1.5 15 1
Losses 17 12 332 11 15 26 35 1 26 30 0.9 8 2

November 7 7 149 8 7 15 12 0 8 7 1.1 6 0
December 5 4 111 5 7 12 12 0 13 11 1.2 4 0
January 11 10 238 2 11 13 22 1 29 21 1.4 9 2
February 7 4 126 4 9 13 12 0 7 10 0.7 2 1
March 3 - 44 0 4 4 1 0 3 3 1.0 2 0
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