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January 13, 2013

Plattsburgh State men hold off Brockport

BROCKPORT — It was a much-needed win.

And it came anything but easy.

The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team, following a tough loss to Geneseo the night before, held on for an 82-81 victory over The College of Brockport on Saturday in SUNY Athletic Conference play.

“Our road win at Oswego and this win on the road are two of our better wins in the conference,” said Curle. “Those will be two playoff teams and getting road wins against them is big for us.

“Like I said (Friday), the second half of our game against Geneseo gave us the spark we needed. We were intense right from the start (Saturday) and played well from start to finish.”

John Perez, before fouling out with under two minutes to go in the contest, had a monster game for Plattsburgh (8-5, 4-2), which broke a three-game losing streak. Perez finished with a team-high 17 points, including seven-of-nine from the foul line, and added a team-high 15 rebounds in 34 minutes.

“It was really a battle,” said Curle. “John had scratches all over him after the game. He played a really strong game and gave them a lot of problems inside. He also did a good job protecting the ball.”

Shamoy McIntosh, Ezra Hodgson and Kalik Parker all added 15 points each for the Cardinals, with all of Parker’s points coming on five-of-nine shooting from three-point range. Edward Correa chipped in with nine points.

The Cardinals shot 40.8 percent from the field, 34.8 from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the line.

“They were trapping us at the end and fouling us,” said Curle. “If we did a little better from the line, we might have salted it away earlier.”

It was a back-and-forth first half and Perez hit two from the line to give the Cardinals a 44-38 halftime lead.

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