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December 28, 2013

Curle family takes 'business trip' to Daytona

PSU takes on Millikin in Land of Magic Classic

PLATTSBURGH — Tom Curle will get to spend some quality family time over the weekend.

Curle’s Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team will take part in the Land of Magic Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Cardinals (4-2 overall, 1-1 SUNYAC) will oppose Millikin at 6 p.m. on Sunday and the University of Wisconsin-Stout at 4 p.m. on Monday.

Curle, meanwhile, will also have the opportunity to watch his daughter, Marle, play for the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team.

The former Plattsburgh High star, a freshman for the Polar Bears, is averaging 7.1 points a game for the unbeaten Polar Bears (9-0).

Bowdoin, which is also in Daytona Beach, takes on Rivier at 11 a.m. today and Gordon at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The Bowdoin/Gordon game immediately follows the Plattsburgh State/Millikin contest at the same site.

“What a coincidence,” Curle joked. “I’ve seen Marle play a couple of times so far, but it’s going to be nice to see her play there.

“But this is predominantly a business trip. We’re playing two very good teams.”

The Cardinals last played on Dec. 7 in a big 64-61 win at defending SUNY Athletic Conference champion Cortland.

“Everybody in Division III is in the same boat,” Curle said. “It’s a concern for every team having had time off, but you hope the players maintained their conditioning.

“Historically, we haven’t been good coming out of the break. But the situation is not unique to us. We have to find a way to fight through it. We only play 25 games a year and we’ve played six already. So you hope the senior and junior leaders on the team know the importance of these games.”

Plattsburgh has four players averaging in double figures — Shamoy McIntosh (14.3), Shavar Fields (13.3), Jordan Moody (11.8) and John Perez (11.0). Chris Manning leads the team in assists (5.5) and steals (23 total).

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