March 10, 2013

No. 2 Amherst silences Cardinals in NCAA tourney


“They have some shooters,” Curle said. “We have some quickness, so we went to a press. But we ran out of bullets.”

Hodgson’s 3-pointer to open the second half brought Plattsburgh to within, 50-40. Another Hodgson 3-pointer pulled the Cardinals back to within 10 later in the half, at 57-47.

But that would be as close as Plattsburgh would get.

Amherst scored 15 of the next 17 points to open up a 72-49 advantage. Plattsburgh did get it to 79-65 only to have the Lord Jeffs answer the final challenge.

“I was surprised with how strong they were physically,” Curle said. “They were able to push us around a little bit and that hasn’t happened to us very often.

“We knew they were athletic and they’re a great team. We fought hard and competed. But I didn’t think it was our best effort today.”

Amherst finished with 16 offensive rebounds as compared to eight for Plattsburgh.

“My mindset going into the game was not to have anyone outrebound me,” Williams said. “It didn’t work out that well at the start, but it was better after I became more comfortable out there.”

The Cardinals shot 39.4 percent from the field, 38.5 from beyond the arc and 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the foul line.

Plattsburgh did force Amherst into 19 turnovers while recording 17 steals. The Cardinals, meanwhle turned the ball over 12 times.

Despite the loss, the Cardinals ended the season by winning 20 games for the fourth time in program history and the future looks bright with no seniors on the team.

“We were 8-18 last year and had a high turnaround this year with a 20-9 record,” Hodgson said. “I’m blessed to play with a great bunch of players.

“I’m not happy with the way the season ended, but you have to take it with a grain of salt. We will have a lot of motivation next season and will work very hard. I’m excited about the future.”

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