PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh men’s basketball coach Tom Curle has said all along nothing comes easy in the SUNY Athletic Conference.
That was certainly the case this past weekend at Memorial Hall.
The Cardinals (18-4, 12-3) looked great on Friday in an 88-71 victory over Cortland, but had their hands full Saturday before pulling out an 82-72 overtime decision over Oswego, which had lost a buzzer-beater the night before in Potsdam.
“You can’t take anything for granted in the SUNYAC or any conference,” Curle said. “Something is always capable of happening.
“I’ll say one thing about our team — they never seem to look excited and they never have the look of panic. Their personality plays a lot into it.
“But we did make some big free throws down the stretch against Oswego and we found a way to win. No doubt, playing a (close) game like that will be good for us in the long run.”
Shavar Fields and John Perez led the Cardinals against the Lakers with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The Cardinals close out their conference regular season this weekend with home games against Fredonia on Friday night and Buffalo State on Saturday afternoon.
But, before then, Plattsburgh has an 8 p.m. game tonight at rival Potsdam.
The Bears (4-18, 2-13) played pretty well at Maxcy Hall over the weekend, including a 68-66 upset of Oswego on Joe Estramonte’s game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and then a 79-67 loss to Cortland.
“You can throw the records out when these two teams meet because the game means a little more, especially there,” Curle said. “It’s a tough place to go and play and we need to be at our best. There’s not such thing as an automatic win.
“The biggest part is that we need to come ready to play. I’m concerned Potsdam will have that ‘what do we have to lose’ attitude. They were pressing a little earlier in the season. They can have a relaxed attitude now because they are out of the playoffs, and that always concerns you.”