February 13, 2013

PSU cruises past Potsdam in men's basketball


“Each game, we learn something about ourselves. Tonight, we showed that, in an emotional game, we were able to lift our level of intensity and focus to the point where we played very well. It was a good win for us.”

The Cardinals led, 28-20, before the Bears went on their six-point run to make it, 28-26.

Plattsburgh then rattled off nine points in a row and closed out the first 20 minutes on a 13-2 run to take a 41-28 halftime advantage.

The Cardinals opened the second half on a 7-2 run for a 48-30 lead and, despite six points in a row by the Bears, were able to open up their biggest lead of the game, at 63-41.

Potsdam began to chip away and cut its deficit to 11 points, at 69-58, before Plattsburgh outscored the Bears, 23-11, the rest of the way to break it open.

Every time Potsdam went on a run, the Cardinals had an answer.

“A lot of that had to do with Chris Manning and Jordan Moody,” Curle said. “Chris had seven more steals tonight and it felt that Jordan had more than 13 points. He played an amazing game.”

The Cardinals finished with a 35-32 advantage on the boards. Plattsburgh also had a combined 20 assists, five blocked shots and 14 steals. The Cardinals’ defense forced Potsdam into 20 turnovers.

The Cardinals, who trail Cortland by two games in the loss column with two games remaining, didn’t get any help from New Paltz Tuesday night. The Red Dragons rolled to a one-sided 87-47 win over the Hawks.

Plattsburgh 92, Potsdam 69

Potsdam (69)

Lambert 4-1-9, Lake Jr., 4-6-14, Pierce 3-4-12, Duquette 5-2-12, Adams 3-0-6, Estramonte 1-3-6, Williams 2-2-6, Peterson 0-2-2, McIntyre 1-0-2. Totals: 23-20-69.

Plattsburgh (92)

Manning 3-3-10, McIntosh 4-3-14, Perez 7-0-14, Moody 6-1-13, Hodgson 2-0-4, Mitchell 1-0-3, Ottey 0-0-0, Outlaw 0-0-0, Tibbs 0-0-0, Williams 2-5-9, Fields 4-2-10, Baker 1-0-2, Parker 3-0-8, O’Shea 0-0-0, Correa 1-0-3, Siergiej 1-0-2. Totals: 35-14-92.

Halftime: Plattsburgh, 41-28.

3-point goals: Potsdam (3): Pierce 2; Estramonte. Plattsburgh (8): McIntosh 3; Parker 2; Manning; Mitchell; Correa.

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