GENESEO — A tough day shooting the basketball cost the Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team another victory Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals, following an emotional 92-89 win over The College at Brockport the night before, dropped a 60-51 decision at Geneseo in SUNY Athletic Conference play.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “We struggled to get our offense going and everything we got offensively came off our defense.
“We missed a lot of open shots.”
The second-place Knights (16-3, 10-2) held a slim 25-24 lead at the half and third-place Plattsburgh (16-4, 10-3) was down only 49-47 in the latter stages of the game.
But Geneseo held an 11-4 scoring edge the rest of the way.
“Credit goes to Geneseo for playing hard — they outplayed us (Saturday),” Curle said. “We lost our legs.
“It was a 49-47 game when they hit two 3-pointers and we missed two wide-open 3-pointers.”
The Cardinals, who had their 8-game winning streak come to an end, needed to extend themselves in pulling out the win over the Golden Eagles, who came into Friday night’s game unbeaten in the conference.
The Knights, meanwhile, rolled to a 78-61 victory over Potsdam and that didn’t hurt their chances for amending an earlier loss to Plattsburgh.
“We knew it was going to be a tough trip, playing two of the top three teams in the conference in back-to-back games,” Curle said. “And we’re the only one of the three that has to do it.”
Gordon Lyons led the Knights with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Connor Fedge and Andy Drescher added 12 points apiece, with all of Drescher’s points coming on four 3-pointers.
Mike Mitchell was the lone Plattsburgh player in double figures with 11. Chris Manning added eight points and John Perez, eight rebounds.
The one area where the Cardinals shot well was from the foul line where they finished 12-of-14. Plattsburgh, however, was 32 percent from the field and just 23 percent from 3-point range.
“We took only 50 shots from the field and that’s not enough,” Curle said. “We’re shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers for the season and (Saturday) we went 7-of-31. Over the weekend, we went a combined 10-of-50.
“It just wasn’t there for us.”
The Cardinals now return home where they will play four of their final five regular season conference games at Memorial Hall. It starts this weekend with an 8 p.m. contest against Cortland on Friday and a 4 p.m. game versus Oswego on Saturday.
“We have to put this loss behind us — we can’t dwell on it,” Curle said. “We’re 16-4 overall on the season and we can still have a great season. We just have to go from here.”
Geneseo 60, Plattsburgh 51
Perez 1-5-7, Fields 2-2-6, Correa 2-0-5, Manning 2-2-8, McIntosh 1-2-5, Mitchell 4-0-11, Thomas 2-1-5, Siergiej 1-0-2, Hodgson 1-0-2. Totals: 16-12-51.
McKenna 2-0-4, Lyons 7-3-17, Curry 3-0-7, Decker 2-1-7, Fedge 4-3-12, Eisenberg 0-0-0, Drescher 4-0-12, Jones 0-1-1, Anderson 0-0-0. Totals: 22-8-60.
Halftime: Geneseo, 25-24.
3-point goals: Plattsburgh (7) Mitchell 3, Manning 2, Correa, McIntosh. Geneseo (8) Drescher 4, Decker 2, Curry, Fedge.