PLATTSBURGH — Tom Curle believes a strong non-league schedule will help his Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team in the long run.
The Cardinals jump out of SUNY Athletic Conference play tonight at 7 p.m. when they play at Keene State in another difficult non-league test.
The Owls have had a good Division III program over the years and are 3-2 overall this season, including an 81-76 win at UMass-Dartmouth in their last game on November 30.
Keene State has a tall team, with 6-10 Rashad Wright averaging 14.6 points per game and 6-6 Eric Fazio at 14.8. Guard Ryan Martin, the smallest player on the team at 5-9, is third in scoring at 12.8.
The Cardinals (4-2, 1-1) opened up their SUNYAC schedule this past weekend playing on the road against two of the better teams in the conference.
Plattsburgh got off to a rousing start to the weekend with a 59-57 victory over previously-unbeaten Oswego on Friday, avenging two losses to the Lakers last season, before having a cold-shooting performance in a 68-55 loss at unbeaten Cortland the following day.
Curle has been playing as many as 16 players in games thus far and two Plattsburgh players are averaging in double figures — Shamoy McIntosh at 11.8 and John Perez at 10.0.
After tonight’s game, the Cardinals return home to play their first conference games of the season at Memorial Hall — Friday night against Fredonia State and Saturday afternoon versus Buffalo State.