POTSDAM — Ezra Hodgson was a question mark Tuesday night in Potsdam after being injured in last Saturday’s overtime home win over Oswego.
But, not only did Hodgson play, the junior helped ignite a second-half rally which resulted in Plattsburgh State’s 76-61 win over the Bears in SUNY Athletic Conference play at Maxcy Hall.
Hodgson finished the evening with a game-high 18 points, including 7-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
He scored 16 of his points after intermission and became the ninth Plattsburgh player to lead the team in scoring in a game this season.
“Ezra practiced on Monday, so we knew he was going to play,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “He scored 18 points in 20 minutes.
“I didn’t know if we were going to get 18 points out of him after his first two shots of the night. But he went boom, boom, boom on some 3-pointers to open it up for us in the second half.”
The Bears (4-19, 2-14) held a 33-29 halftime lead before the Cardinals (19-4, 12-3) took over in the second half with a 47-28 scoring advantage.
“I thought we played pretty well in the first half,” Curle said. “But there were only a combined six fouls called and we were in a position where we were looking for fouls to be called and not making the adjustment when they weren’t called.
“We weren’t finishing at the rim. We stayed pretty positive at the half because I felt we were doing well. We just had to score quicker at the rim and not pump fake. That’s the adjustment we needed to make.
“And, by being able to finish at the rim, that also led to Hodgson getting some 3-point looks.”
Shavar Fields added 11 points and eight rebounds for Plattsburgh, while John Perez finished with a team-high 12 rebounds, Edward Correa 11 points and Chris Manning, six assists.