November 14, 2013

Plattsburgh State men have roster consistency

PSU men return 12 players from last season

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team won’t be sneaking up on anyone this season.

The Cardinals enjoyed one of the bigger turnarounds in Division III last season. After going 8-18 overall and 6-12 in SUNY Athletic Conference play in 2011-12, the Cardinals reversed that with a 20-9 overall showing and a 14-4 mark in conference play in 2012-13, comprised of a team with no seniors.

“We will be the hunted this year,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “We’ll have a bull’s-eye on our backs.”

Plattsburgh, a season ago, was awarded an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament and hosted a first-round game, which resulted in an 84-63 win over Husson College.

The Cardinals’ campaign ended in an 89-72 setback at Amherst College in the second round. Amherst would eventually win the national championship.

Plattsburgh sports a 15-player roster in 2013-14, including 12 returners and three newcomers.

“Every year is different,” Curle said. “We lost two of our last three games last season, to Cortland in the conference championship game and then at Amherst in the NCAA Tournament. The one game we won was at home against Husson. What the players learned is that it’s difficult to win on the road and you want to play as many home games as possible.

“We have to play with consistency and a sense of urgency 25 times during the regular season. We have lofty expectations and we can’t let down. We have five seniors on the team and four of them are four-year players. They have to provide that sense of urgency on the team.”

Curle liked the progress of his young team a season ago.

“I wouldn’t say I was surprised with the season,” he said. “What I was pleased the most about was the progress made by the sophomores. That class came along quicker than I expected.

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