PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team has been doing a good job closing out games recently.
No so, however, on Saturday afternoon.
The College at Brockport finished out the contest on a 17-3 run and beat the Cardinals, 85-78, in SUNY Athletic Conference play at Memorial Hall.
“Brockport is a very good team, but so are we,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “Every team is going to lose at least two or three games in the conference during the regular season. It’s going to come down to the end of the year, but you have to be able to protect your home court.
“We had an opportunity to win the game (Saturday) and didn’t.”
John Ivy led the Golden Eagles (8-1, 2-0) with 32 points and Brandon Caruthers added 21 as those two players were thorns in the Plattsburgh side.
The two combined to go 15-of-16 from the foul line where Brockport held a big edge. The Golden Eagles finished 26-of-31 from the charity stripe, while the Cardinals were just 12-of-19.
Edward Correa shot the ball well for the Cardinals (8-3, 2-2) as he ended up with 23 points, including a 7-of-10 performance from 3-point range.
Shavar Fields added 15 points and nine rebounds, Shamoy McIntosh 12 points, and Ezra Hodgson 10 points. John Perez had nine points, all in the second half, and a team-high 11 rebounds.
The Cardinals held their own on the boards against the taller Golden Eagles, who finished with a 39-37 advantage. But Plattsburgh was guilty of 19 turnovers, while Brockport turned the ball over just 10 times.
Curle, however, was more concerned with the final five minutes of the contest.
The Cardinals held a 75-68 lead at that time. But Plattsburgh could only score three points the rest of the way, a field goal and a free throw by Perez.
The Golden Eagles quickly pulled even, at 75-all, on a couple of 2-pointers and a 3-pointer by Ivy.
Perez’s basket put Plattsburgh back on top, but Brockport would then score 10 of the final 11 points of the game.
“It was a one-possession game, with us trailing 81-78 with 40 seconds left,” Curle said. “We were able to get a stop, but they got the offensive rebound and we had to foul.
“From the 5-minute mark on, they had three or four offensive rebounds and that led to second-chance opportunities for them. We also had three turnovers during that time and did not play smart.
“The opportunity was there for us at the end. But we didn’t get the rebound.”
Ivy hit three free throws and Caruthers two in the closing seconds to seal the win for the Golden Eagles.
“We stopped going after the ball,” Curle said. “They had eight offensive rebounds in the second half, doubling what they had in the first half.”
Brockport got the early jump and held a 16-9 lead early in the first half.
But with Correa holding the hot hand, Plattsburgh rallied and eventually grabbed a 25-18 advantage before the two teams settled for a 38-all standoff after 20 minutes.
It was back and forth in the second half until the Cardinals were able to open up a 73-65 lead that they would later relinquish.
The Cardinals will look to get back on the winning track this coming weekend with road games at New Paltz and Oneonta.
Brockport 85, Plattsburgh 78
Ivy 11-9-32, Adeniran 1-0-2, Caruthers 6-6-21, Hayden 1-1-3, Lee 0-0-0, White 2-2-8, Bell 1-0-3, Lyerly 1-3-5, Gallagher 0-2-2, Coyle 3-3-9. Totals: 26-26-85.
Correa 8-0-23, Manning 0-0-0, McIntosh 3-5-12, Perez 4-1-9, Fields 6-3-15, Mitchell 0-0-0, Thomas 2-0-4, Siergiej 2-1-5, Hodgson 3-2-10. Totals: 28-12-78.
Halftime: Tied at 38.
3-point goals: Brockport (7): Caruthers 3; White 2; Ivy; Bell. Plattsburgh (10): Correa 7; Hodgson 2; McIntosh.