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February 8, 2013

Cards close out season at home

PLATTSBURGH — The good news for the Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team is that a five-game road stretch is over and the Cardinals close out their regular season with five SUNY Athletic Conference games at Memorial Hall.

The not-so-good news is that four of the five games are against four of the top five teams in the conference, other than Plattsburgh.

“We went 3-2 on the road against the teams we have remaining,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “If we can do that at home, and we should be able to, we should be fine.

“We just have to shore up a couple of things. All the games are pretty close.”

The Cardinals (13-7, 9-4) host Brockport (13-8, 8-6) at 8 p.m. tonight and Geneseo (14-7, 10-4) on Saturday.

Cortland currently leads the SUNYAC with an 11-2 record, followed by Geneseo in second at 10-4 and Plattsburgh third at 9-4. Brockport trails Oswego (8-5) and is fifth in the standings with an 8-6 mark.

Earlier this season, Plattsburgh went on the road for a 66-64 loss to Geneseo on Jan. 11 and an 82-81 victory over Brockport the following day.

“No doubt after it, I expect more games like that,” Curle said. “That’s the nature of the conference. Our last few games have come down to the last few minutes.”

The Cardinals have not officially clinched a playoff spot yet and have a three-game lead over seventh-place New Paltz in the standings. Only the top six teams make the playoffs this season.

The Cardinals had some of the wind taken from their sails last weekend.

Plattsburgh defeated Oneonta on Friday but

suffered a tough 75-72 setback at New Paltz on Saturday. Curle was hoping for a two-game sweep over the weekend but had to settle for the Cardinals’ fourth straight 1-1 conference road trip.

A win over the Hawks would have clinched a playoff spot.

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