January 19, 2014

PSU men defeat Oneonta, sweep weekend

ONEONTA — Plattsburgh State men’s basketball coach Tom Curle had reason to be in a good mood Saturday following a big win.

“We’re a 50 percent shooting team — 56 percent from the field, 58 percent from 3-point range and 52 percent from the foul line,” he joked.

“I said after (Friday’s) game that we had two areas we needed work on — defense and free throws. We played better defense (Saturday), but we need more work on our free throws in practice.”

The Cardinals (10-3, 4-2) made it a SUNY Athletic Conference weekend sweep on the road with an 84-73 win at Oneonta. The Red Dragons (8-6, 5-2) entered Saturday’s game with just one loss in the conference.

“There’s so much basketball left to be played in the conference and every game is important,” Curle said. “We were 2-2 in the conference going into the weekend and I felt we were every bit as good as 4-1 teams. We’ve played some of the better teams so far.

“What I like the most about the weekend is the way we overcame the adversity. It’s difficult on the road and the players stayed together and supported one another. They were there for each other when it counted.”

Saturday, the Cardinals got outstanding performances from John Perez, Shavar Fields and Chris Manning.

It was needed after leading scorer Shamoy McIntosh, who gave it a go in Friday’s victory at New Paltz, was unable to play because of an injury.

“Shamoy struggled to play (Friday),” Curle said. “He gave it a go, but it didn’t work out very well. We were able to win two games on the road despite not having our leading scorer out there.

“Oneonta had a lot of difficulty with Shavar, John and Chris at the rim. They made a concentrated effort to stop Ed (Correa) on the perimeter, but it was picking your poison. Shavar and John were able to get to the rim and Chris did a good job penetrating to the basket.”

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