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January 18, 2013

Cardinals look to protect home court

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Plattsburgh’s first conference weekend at home resulted in a 2-0 showing, with wins over Fredonia (72-58) on Dec. 7 and Buffalo State (93-85) the day after.

Curle is fully aware of the importance of protecting your home court.

“The best teams in the league win at home,” he said. “Nobody knows who the best teams in our league are just yet. But Geneseo is in first place and they’re 4-0 at home — they’ve protected their home court.

“Now we have an opportunity to establish that, and we want opponents to know that it will be a difficult game for them when they come to Plattsburgh.”

New Paltz (6-7, 4-2), currently one of the teams tied with the Cardinals for second place, has played some high-scoring games thus far. The Hawks are averaging 79.2 points a game and allowing 78.4.

New Paltz’s lone contest last weekend was a 79-70 victory at Oneonta.

The Hawks have two players averaging close to 20 points a game in Matt Devine (19.9) and Shereef Taylor (18.5).

“New Paltz has two outstanding senior players and scorers,” Curle said. “They’re 1,000-point scorers who have been All-Conference. They have a lot of experience.

“Devine is a forward and Taylor, who took last season off, is a guard. They run a lot of isolation plays, and those two players are tough to defend one-on-one. It will be a challenge for our players, who will need to step up.”

Oneonta (2-10, 1-5), meanwhile, didn’t get off to a good start to the season. The Red Dragons can’t be overlooked, however, as their lone conference win thus far was a 67-57 upset over a very good Oswego team that is also tied for second in the standings.

The Red Dragons play at Potsdam tonight.

Following this weekend, the Cardinals’ next five SUNYAC games will be on the road.

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