“For just about the entire game, John Perez personified who we are,” said Curle.
Four Cardinals hit in double figures, with Kalik Parker scoring 12, Shamoy McIntosh 11 and Shavar Fields, 10. Chris Manning added six rebounds and dished out a game-high eight assists.
“They couldn’t guard us inside,” said Curle. “I felt we should have gotten the ball inside more — we didn’t pass the ball that well tonight.
“We ended up shooting 9-of-23 on 3-pointers, but it could have been 9-of-16 if we went inside and then outside more.”
Joe Monahan paced Fredonia with 16 points and six assists, while Dalton Kashmer added 11 points and Tyrone Clark eight.
The two teams combined for 51 turnovers, including 24 by the Blue Devils.
The Cardinals, who avenged two losses to Fredonia last season, did a good job on the boards, finishing with a 43-28 advantage.
Plattsburgh is back at Memorial Hall for a 4 p.m. conference game today against Buffalo State, which is unbeaten in SUNYAC play. The Bengals, however, needed a basket with three seconds left Friday night for an 85-84 victory at Potsdam.
“Tomorrow’s game is going to be a different story,” said Curle.
Today’s contest will be the final one of the first semester for the Cardinals.
Plattsburgh 72, Fredonia 58
Monahan 5-3-16, Clark 4-0-8, Kashmer 4-1-11, Billups 1-1-4, Deboy 2-0-4, Parris 1-2-5, Lyles 0-0-0, Rogers 2-0-5, Kovach 1-1-3, Case 1-0-2. Totals: 21-8-58.
Manning 0-4-4, McIntosh 4-0-11, Perez 7-4-18, Moody 2-2-7, Hodgson 1-0-3, Mitchell 0-0-0, Ottey 0-0-0, Outlaw 0-0-0, Tibbs 1-0-2, Fields 3-4-10, Baker 0-2-2, Parker 4-1-12, O’Shea 0-0-0, Correa 1-0-3. Totals: 23-17-72.
Halftime: Plattsburgh, 42-25.
3-point goals: Fredonia (8): Monahan 3; Kashmer 2; Billups; Parris; Rogers. Plattsburgh (9): McIntosh 3; Parker 3; Moody; Hodgson; Correa.