---- — FREDONIA — The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team turned it up defensively Saturday afternoon and got a nice bounce-back win on the road.
After dropping a 93-89 overtime decision at Buffalo State the night before, the Cardinals rolled to a 72-47 victory over Fredonia in SUNY Athletic Conference play.
Plattsburgh, winning for the fifth time in six games, improved to 12-6 overall and 8-3 in the conference.
“We played great defense all game today,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “There weren’t a lot of uncontested shots for Fredonia. When you play great defense like we did, that allows you to get out on the break and hit some layups.”
“We played a good game and were able to bounce back from the night before. I feel good about the weekend.
The Blue Devils (6-11, 2-9), coming off an 87-86 overtime victory over Potsdam on Friday, had a tough day shooting the basketball by hitting just 25 percent from the field and 12 percent from 3-point range.
Fredonia also turned the ball over 24 times, as opposed to 16 for Plattsburgh.
Offensively for the Cardinals, Kalik Parker scored 13 points, while Chris Manning and John Perez each added 12. Perez also had team highs of 10 rebounds and three assists.
The Cardinals shot 44.8 percent from the field.
“I thought we did a much better job running our offense in the second half,” Curle said. “We missed four layups that I can remember in the first half.
“But defensively, that was the difference. Jordan Moody is establishing himself as the best perimeter defender in the conference. He makes it hard for players to shoot over him, and he’s accepted his role.
“Edward Correa came off the bench and didn’t shoot the ball well today. But he played really good defense, along with Shavar Fields. When the next group comes in, they have to continue playing great defense. They did today.”
Despite missing some layups in the opening half, the Cardinals took a 33-23 advantage after 20 minutes.
Plattsburgh was then able to open it up early in the second half and give the entire roster some playing time.
No Fredonia player hit double figures. Dalton Kashmer finished with nine, while Devin Case and Robert Lyles each added eight.
The Cardinals close out their conference regular season road schedule at Oneonta on Friday and New Paltz on Saturday.
“We’re 8-3 in the conference, with two road games left and five at home,” Curle said. “This win pretty much secured a playoff spot for us. We’d still like to be tied for second in the standings but are one game behind in the loss column.”
Plattsburgh has spent three weekends on the road in conference play and has come back with a split in each. The Cardinals are unbeaten in home conference play.
Plattsburgh 72, Fredonia 47
Manning 5-2-12, Perez 5-2-12, Moody 3-1-7, McIntosh 1-2-5, Hodgson 2-0-5, Parker 5-1-13, Mitchell 1-6-8, Fields 2-0-4, Outlaw 1-0-3, Baker 1-0-2, Correa 0-1-1, Ottey 0-0-0, Tibbs 0-0-0, Williams 0-0-0, O’Shea 0-0-0, Sergiej 0-0-0. Totals: 26-15-72.
Kashmer 2-4-9, Case 3-2-8, Clark 2-2-7, Billups 0-2-2, Zwerlein 0-0-0, Lyles 2-4-8, Edwards 1-2-5, Deboy 2-0-4, Parris 1-0-2, Federation 1-0-2, Holmes 0-0-0. Totals: 14-16-47.
3-point goals: Plattsburgh (5): Parker 2; McIntosh, Hodgson; Outlaw. Fredonia (3): Kashmer; Clark; Edwards.
Halftime: Plattsburgh, 33-23.