February 14, 2014

Cards host Dragons, Lakers

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team’s chances of winning the SUNY Athletic Conference regular-season championship took a major hit on Tuesday when Brockport recorded a 66-62 victory at Geneseo.

That left the conference-leading Golden Eagles at 13-1 in the conference and the Cardinals and Knights tied for second place at 10-3, two games off the pace with five games remaining for each team.

While a victory by Geneseo would have brought Plattsburgh closer to the top the standings, Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle understands the chances of Brockport now losing three of its next five games is highly unlikely.

“All we have to worry about now is ourselves,” he said. “We have to make sure we’re playing our best basketball of the season when the playoffs begin.”

Plattsburgh (16-4, 10-3 SUNYAC) is at Memorial Hall for four of its final five regular-season games, starting with two this weekend — at 8 p.m. tonight against Cortland and at 4 p.m. Saturday versus Oswego.

“We want to get people to come and watch us at home,” Curle said. “We want it to be a playoff atmosphere.

“Three of the five teams we have left on the schedule have a lot to play for as far as the conference tournament is concerned. We expect two really good games this weekend.”

Plattsburgh had tough games against the Red Dragons (12-9, 7-7) and Lakers (14-7, 8-6) on the road.

On Dec. 6, the Cardinals dropped a 73-70 decision to Oswego and then came back the next day for a 64-61 victory at defending conference champion Cortland.

The Red Dragons are coming off a 60-41 setback in Oswego. Kevin McMahon (17.4) and Lamard Herron (15.7) are the leading scorers for Cortland, which needs to have some success down the stretch in order to qualify for the conference tournament.

“Cortland runs their set every time, and they will be opportunistic when they have the chance to run,” Curle said. “They will look to make defensive stops by playing a three-quarter-court press to slow you down and then get back in a 2-3 matchup zone.

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