PLATTSBURGH — For a young team appearing in its first NCAA Division III Tournament game, the Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team sure looked like it had been there before.
The Cardinals (20-8) received a strong team effort in a solid 84-63 victory over Husson University at Memorial Hall Saturday night.
Plattsburgh never trailed after taking a 5-4 lead in the early going.
“Our quickness was a difference in the game,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “I’m sure Husson scouted us and saw how quick we were. But until you play against us, you don’t know how quick we really are.
“We hurt them in transition in the first half. They made an adjustment at the half and then we had to make one.”
The Cardinals, in winning 20 games for the fourth time in program history, also shot the ball extremely well. Plattsburgh hit 32-of-58 from the field and 9-of-19 from 3-point range.
“We came out and shot the ball well,” Curle said. “When you shoot that well, you’re going to look great. We shot 55 percent from the field.”
Plattsburgh received excellent scoring balance, with Ezra Hodgson leading the way with 15 points, including 6-of-7 from the field and 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.
“When Ezra hit his first 3-pointer, that made me feel a lot better,” Curle said.
Hodgson and his teammates also did a good job defending Husson’s 6-foot-10-inch center Marc Zaharchuk. Zaharchuk scored 12 points, but was limited to just 5-of-14 shooting from the field.
“I don’t want opponents to score on me,” Hodgson said. “I did my best against him — he’s huge.”
“We knew their height was going to be a challenge for us,” Curle said. “We did a good job double teaming him (Zaharchuk). It was a total team effort.”
Jordan Moody added 13 points, while Chris Manning and Shamoy McIntosh added 11 each, and Reggie Williams and Kalik Parker 10 apiece, giving the Cardinals six players in double figures.