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January 22, 2013

Curle's Cards catching Bears at bad time

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team, although is on a little roll itself, isn’t getting Potsdam State at the best time.

The two square off in SUNY Athletic Conference play at 8 p.m. tonight at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium.

The Bears (7-8, 3-5) are coming off a 2-0 conference weekend at home where they defeated Oneonta, 82-62, last Friday and knocked off New Paltz, 105-95, in double overtime on Saturday.

The Cardinals (10-5, 6-2) also went 2-0 at Memorial Hall, including a 75-70 victory over New Paltz and an 82-75 decision over Oneonta.

“Potsdam has won their last four games at home,” said Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle. “Even when they weren’t winning, they were playing against some tough teams. What they did last weekend was put themselves back in the playoff hunt. They’re going to give us all we’re worth and they would have to be considered the favorite in the game because of playing on their home court.”

The Cardinals, who were not at their best defensively in the win over Oneonta, will need to be much better tonight.

Potsdam is led in scoring by Curtis Pierce (18.0) and Mark Lake Jr. (17.3). In the double-overtime win over New Paltz, Lake fired in 34 points, Pierce 27 and Colin Peterson, 20.

Also averaging in double figures for the Bears is former Peru Central School standout Rob Duquette (10.2). Duquette, however, missed the Bears’ two games over the weekend with an injury and his status for tonight is not known.

“Pierce is a four-year starter for them and an all-conference player,” said Curle. “He is physically one of the strongest players in the conference. He has improved his ability to shoot the ball and can score a lot of different ways. He’s a handful.

“Lake is a one-year player for them — a senior point guard. He puts up a lot of numbers and, on film, gets to the rim as well as anyone. He can also shoot the three.

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