Guard Chris Manning tallied just one point, but dished out a team-high 11 assists and grabbed five rebounds. John Perez, a big key in the Cardinals’ win the night before, was held to two points, but paced Plattsburgh, along with Parker, with eight rebounds.
“I don’t know how Chris Manning was able to dominate the game without taking a field goal,” said Curle. “But he did.
“Buffalo State’s press had no bearing on him. And his teammates knew that if they got in front, he would get them the ball. He was very impressive as a floor leader.
“Every game is different. Buffalo State is long on the inside and that gave John (Perez) some problems. But he went and got possessions for us.”
The first half was a game of runs, with the Cardinals coming out strongly while taking a 20-6 lead.
The Bengals, however, cut the deficit to 26-22 before Plattsburgh regained the momentum and went up by 11, 50-39, after 20 minutes.
The Cardinals’ biggest lead in the second half was 52-39 early on. Buffalo State got to within 70-62, but no closer.
Plattsburgh had a good day shooting the basketball, going 48.5 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 72.4 percent from the line.
Anyar Majak and Roderick Epps accounted for a good share of the Bengals’ offense. Majak went 11-of-17 from the field for a game-high 27 points and Epps was 11-of-18 for 26. Ryan Carney grabbed nine rebounds for Buffalo State.
“Buffalo State is a very good team,” said Curle.
The Cardinals are off before returning on January 2 for an 8 p.m. non-conference game at Franklin & Marshall, which is currently ranked No. 8 in the country in Division III.
“Their coach (Glen Robinson) is in his 45th season and he has a record of 833-305 going into the season,” said Curle. “He is only the second Division III coach to go over 800 wins for his career.
“But we’re playing as aggressive non-conference schedule as we can.”
Buffalo State 85
Buffalo State (85)
Epps 11-0-26, Simmons 2-3-7, Hamer 3-1-7, Carney 2-0-5, Runge 1-0-2, Majak 11-5-27, Doyley 2-4-9, Castren 1-0-2, Owusu 0-0-0, Boyd 0-0-0. Totals: 33-13-85.
Moody 7-4-21, Hodgson 6-0-13, McIntosh 3-3-10, Perez 1-0-2, Manning 0-1-1, Parker 3-2-10, Mitchell 1-6-8, Fields 4-0-8, Tibbs 2-3-7, Williams 2-2-6, Correa 2-0-5, Sergiej 1-0-2, Baker 0-0-0. Totals: 32-21-93.
Halftime: Plattsburgh, 50-39.
3-point goals: Buffalo State (6): Epps 4; Carney; Doyley. Plattsburgh (8): Moody 3; Parker 2; Hodgson; McIntosh, Correa.