February 3, 2013

PSU men drop heartbreaker to New Paltz

NEW PALTZ — This one hurts.

Shereff Taylor tied the contest with a 3-pointer with 46 seconds left and Matt Devine won it with a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining in regulation as New Paltz outlasted Plattsburgh State, 75-72, in men’s basketball Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinals (13-7, 9-4) were looking to close out their conference road schedule with back-to-back wins, but instead had to settle for their fourth 1-1 SUNYAC weekend on the road this season.

The Cardinals ended up going 3-2 during the five-game stretch on the road, losing one game in overtime to Buffalo State.

“It was a real rough loss,” said Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle. “We had them almost all the game. But they made some plays at the end and we didn’t show a lot of composure. It was a high-energy game and we got caught up in the emotion of it, including myself.

“We were rushing things too much.”

Taylor and Devine each tossed in 20 points for the Hawks, with Taylor getting 10 rebounds. Deveino McRae chipped in with 11 points.

Jordan Moody went 9-for-16 from the field for 22 points to lead the Cardinals. Ezra Hodgson finished with 11 points, while John Perez contributed nine points, along with game-highs of 15 rebounds and eight assists.

“I loved our energy today and I will take that every time,” said Curle. “Perez played so hard with so much energy. He just couldn’t finish around the rim today. But I can’t fault his desire — he was awesome to see.”

Plattsburgh, which held a 35-31 advantage at the half, was in front, 72-69, when Taylor hit his 3-pointer with 46 seconds left to tie it.

Hodgson then missed a 3-pointer for the Cardinals and New Paltz got the ball back with 23 seconds remaining. The Hawks worked the clock down to four seconds when Devine nailed the game-winning shot.

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