PLATTSBURGH — The Keene State men’s basketball team’s game plan was to press and run with Plattsburgh State Tuesday.
Not a good idea as it turned out.
The Cardinals erupted for a 59-17 halftime lead and rolled to a 109-76 victory in nonconference play at Memorial Hall.
“They came out and tried to press us from the start,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “On our first two possessions, we played into their hands by trying to protect the basketball.
“I told the guys to look for the home-run pass to try and loosen them up. We were able to do that. We want to meet pressure with force — we want to attack. We’re athletic and it’s hard for opponents to keep our players in front of them.”
Plattsburgh (3-1) broke a 4-all tie with 12 points in a row for a 16-4 advantage and later went on a 15-0 run for a 34-8 advantage. During that stretch, Shamoy McIntosh hit two 3-pointers and Jordan Moody one.
“For a six or seven-minute stretch, we played our best basketball of the year,” Curle said. “We played great defense and got out and ran. When we weren’t getting to the basket, we were hitting open threes.
“But we want to get closer to playing 40 minutes of good basketball.”
The red-hot shooting Cardinals continued to add to their lead and took a whopping 42-point advantage into intermission.
Plattsburgh’s lead ballooned to 81-29 at one time in the second half.
The Owls (0-5) made the final score a bit more respectable in the final minutes when they scored a number of points while pressing the Cardinals’ substitutes.
“Our goal was to outscore them in the second half and we were doing that until the last four or five minutes,” Curle said.
“Overall, we played with composure and played well. We looked good, but you’re going to look good when you’re shooting well. We hit 5-of-10 3-pointers in the first half. You can’t be a bad team if you score 109 points.”
Five Cardinals hit in double figures and 13 scored.
Moody led the way with 23 points, including 7-of-10 from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line, and Shavar Fields was strong off the bench with 16, including 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe.
McIntosh and Ezra Hodgson added 14 points apiece, while John Perez followed with 11. Perez finished with a team-high 10 rebounds.
Point guard Chris Manning shot the ball only twice and finished with four points. He did, however, add seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals.
For the game, Plattsburgh shot 56 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the line.
Seven-footer Nate Howard tossed in 19 points for Keene State. Tre Tipton contributed 14 and both Lucas Hammel and Matt Sherlock 10 each.
“They came in averaging 51 rebounds a game and we outrebounded them, 51-26,” Curle said. “Howard came in averaging 16 rebounds a game and we held him to six. He also had only two offensive rebounds, both in the second half.”
It was a good tuneup for the Cardinals, who begin SUNY Athletic Conference play on the road this weekend at Oswego and Cortland.
“That will be a difficult road trip for us,” Curle said. “The two teams have combined for a 7-1 record thus far.”
Plattsburgh State 109, Keene State 76
Keene State (76)
Hepple 1-0-3, Tipton 3-6-14, Hammel 4-2-10, Lunn 1-0-2, Howard 7-5-19, Gaglioto 0-2-2, Sherlock 3-3-10, Murphy 1-2-4, Ozzella 1-4-6, Edwards 3-0-6. Totals: 24-24-76.
Plattsburgh State (109)
Manning 2-0-4, McIntosh 4-4-14, Perez 4-3-11, Moody 7-7-23, Hodgson 5-1-14, Mitchell 1-5-7, Correa 1-2-4, Outlaw 0-1-1, Thomas 0-0-0, Fields 6-4-16, Baker 2-2-6, Siergiej 1-0-2, Dweck 1-1-3, Mitchell 2-0-4. Totals: 36-30-109.
3-point goals: Keene State (4): Tipton 2; Hepple; Sherlock. Plattsburgh State (7): Hodgson 3; McIntosh 2; Moody 2.
Halftime: Plattsburgh State, 59-17.