---- — CORTLAND — In the midst of one of the biggest turnaround seasons in the storied history of the Plattsburgh State men’s basketball program, two of the most important players on the squad were honored by the SUNY Athletic Conference for their superb play.
Juniors Chris Manning and John Perez each made the All-SUNYAC Second Team.
In just his first year at Plattsburgh, Manning has proven to be one of the premier guards not just in the 10-team league but in all of Division III as well. The 6-foot Baldwin native has consistently tormented opponents on both ends of the floor, as he leads Division III in steals per game (3.85).
On the offensive end, the guard possesses some of the best court vision in the nation as his six assists per game lead the SUNYAC and rank 13th in Division III. Additionally, Manning has averaged 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds.
A dual threat in both rebounding and scoring, Perez received his first All-SUNYAC accolade. Just three SUNYAC players possess a better rebounding average than the Haverstraw native, who yanked down 7.3 boards per outing before suffering a season-ending injury Feb. 12.
The 6-foot-3 guard/forward ranked second on the Plattsburgh squad in points per game, averaging 11.6. That number is 19th in the SUNYAC.
Payne, Marshall recognized
CORTLAND — The Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team recently wrapped up its best season in a decade, and two of the primary pieces of the squad have been honored by the SUNYAC.
Junior Kathleen Payne and sophomore Brittany Marshall were both named to the All-SUNYAC Teams.
Payne, who hails from Goshen, received her second consecutive First-Team nod after recording at least 400 points for the second straight season.
On Jan. 26 Payne became the eighth player in Plattsburgh history to record 1,000 career points. Her 15 points per game ranked second in the league, and the versatile guard/forward also proved her worth on the boards, ripping down 6.9 rebounds per outing — ninth in the SUNYAC. Payne also led the Cardinals with 47 steals.
The former SUNYAC Rookie of the Year has amassed 1,153 career points and needs 284 more to become the program’s all-time scoring leader.
Marshall earned a spot on the All-SUNYAC Second Team — the first All-Conference selection of her career. In her second season, the Malone product led the SUNYAC in assists per game (4.5) and total assists (122).
Her assists per game mark is 46th in Division III, and her 10.9 points per game was 14th in the SUNYAC.