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January 21, 2014

Plattsburgh State, Potsdam tangle at Memorial

PLATTSBURGH — Following a successful weekend on the road, the Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team can’t afford a letdown tonight.

The Cardinals (10-3, 4-2) host Potsdam (2-11, 0-6) at 8 p.m. at Memorial Hall in SUNY Athletic Conference play.

“Potsdam plays the same conference schedule we do and they’re coming to us,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “We play everyone in our conference twice during the regular season and every game carries the same amount of weight.

“We have juniors and seniors on the team who, hopefully, don’t look beyond any game. The Potsdam game is just as important as the two we played this past weekend.”

Plattsburgh wants to maintain its winning ways before heading back on the road for conference games at Buffalo State on Friday and Fredonia on Saturday.

The Bears have struggled so far this season, but a victory in Plattsburgh tonight would be a huge confidence booster.

“It’s a rivalry with Potsdam and any time we play them, you can throw out the records,” Curle said. “They are going to come at us hard, with a lot of emotion.”

The Bears dropped a 72-51 decision at Oneonta on Friday night, but rallied in the second half before losing a 66-64 contest at New Paltz on Saturday.

Former Peru Central School standout Rob Duquette leads the Bears in scoring, averaging 13.8 points a game, while Zac Adams follows at 11.1.

“That adds another aspect to the game,” Curle said. “Rob will be playing his final regular season college game in our gym. He’s had a really good career and he leads them in scoring and rebounding. He has played very well for them.”

Potsdam is being outscored by its opponents on average by a 76-64 margin.

The Cardinals are coming off wins at New Paltz (95-81) on Friday and Oneonta (84-73) on Saturday.

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