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January 26, 2014

Cards trounce Blue Devils

FREDONIA — After an 87-61 victory over Potsdam Friday, the Fredonia men’s basketball team came crashing back down to earth Saturday.

Plattsburgh rolled to a 77-42 win over the Blue Devils in SUNY Athletic Conference play to complete a 2-0 weekend on the road.

It was a rare one-sided game within the conference for Plattsburgh, which was able to get some playing time for everyone.

“It was a quiet gym,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “The referee was telling me not to coach my team so loud.

“It’s always a great win when you can get everyone in the game and they get an opportunity to play. It makes for a happy bus ride home. And when our other players got into the game, they really executed our offense very well.”

Plattsburgh (13-3, 7-2 SUNYAC) jumped out to a 38-23 halftime lead and then blew it open over the final 20 minutes of play.

Alan Siergiej led a balanced attack for the Cardinals with 14 points and became the eighth Plattsburgh player to lead the team in scoring in a game this season. It was also his career high at Plattsburgh.

“He shot 6-for-9 from the field, and our players were looking for him,” Curle said.

John Perez added 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Anthony Baker chipped in with seven boards.

The Cardinals shot 47.5 percent from the field, 47.6 from 3-point range and 91.7 percent from the line.

The Blue Devils (4-12, 1-8) had a tough time of it, with Tyrone Clark, who scored 45 points the night before in the win over the Bears, finishing with a team-high 13 points. Clark shot just 4-of-17 from the field, including 1-of-10 from 3-point land.

“He’s very athletic,” Curle said. “But we have players just as athletic and strong as he is. We tried to be physical with him. We played good defense on him, and he wasn’t hitting his shots.

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