DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team’s visit to Florida tuned into a very successful one.
The Cardinals (6-2), on the heels of Sunday night’s 71-68 win over Millikin University, rolled to a 62-40 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Stout on Monday to close out their play 2-0 in the Land of Magic Classic.
“We beat two teams from two of the better recognized (Division III) conferences,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “It was a good weekend for us and our guys were able to represent the college and community very well.”
Monday, the Cardinals shot just 7-for-22 from the field and got outrebounded, 23-8, in the first half against the Blue Devils.
Still, Plattsburgh managed to take a 22-19 halftime lead and Curle wasn’t disappointed with the effort.
“It was hard fought in the first half,” he said. “There was a high level of intensity and a great desire to win on the part of both teams.
“But we were trying to attack the rim too much. We needed to start hitting some jumpers and then attack the rim.
“It appeared we got outrebounded by a wide margin, but that’s deceiving. We played great defense and forced them into 15 turnovers in the first half. Nine of the turnovers were steals. When you’re forcing an opponent into that many turnovers, you’re not going to be getting rebounds.”
The Cardinals then outscored the Blue Devils (7-4) by a combined 40-21 over the final 20 minutes to pull away to their 22-point victory.
“We pressured them defensively all game long to earn their shots — and I was very pleased with that,” Curle said. “In the second half, we hit shots.”
Shamoy McIntosh played a strong game for the Cardinals with a game-high 22 points, including four 3-pointers, and a team-high seven rebounds.
“Shamoy really took over the game offensively,” Curle said.
Shavar Fields, a standout in a 71-68 win over Millikin the night before, was solid again with 14 points, including 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line. In two games in Florida, Fields was 10-of-13 from the field and 11-of-11 from the line.
The Cardinals shot over 50 percent (13-of-25) from the floor in the second half, while the Blue Devils (7-4) were just 13-of-46 for the game. Plattsburgh also had a good day at the line, going 15-of-20.
The Blue Devils were missing their two leading scorers — Jimmy Whitehead (20.4) and Alex Oman (12.7) — who were both injured in a previous game against Millikin.
“That didn’t hurt us,” Curle said. “But it’s one of those things where you have to play with the guys you have there. We were missing two of our players — Jordan Moody and Reggie Williams.”
Aaron Jenny’s 10 points and Brett Ahsenmacher’s nine led the way for the Blue Devils.
“Shavar Fields, John Perez, Alan Sergiej and Ezra Hodgson played very well defensively and were physical inside for us, and our guards did a good job containing their guards,” Curle said.
The Cardinals return home and will play their final nonconference game on January 7 at Middlebury College before resuming SUNY Athletic Conference play.
Plattsburgh State 62, Wisconsin-Stout 40
Freeman 2-0-5, Jenny 4-2-10, Dubek 0-0-0, Kujak 2-1-6, Ahsenmacher 2-4-9, Nordstrom 0-1-1, Higgins 0-2-2, Koloske 1-0-2, Wadzinski 0-0-0, Meyer 0-0-0, Townsend 0-0-0, Butina 2-1-5. Totals: 13-11-40.
Plattsburgh State (62)
Mitchell 1-0-3, Correa 3-0-8, Manning 1-0-2, Outlaw 0-0-0, McIntosh 7-4-22, Perez 1-4-6, Thomas 0-0-0, Fields 5-4-14, Siergiej 1-0-2, Dweck 0-0-0, Mitchell 0-1-1, Hodgson 1-2-4. Totals: 20-15-62.
Halftime: Plattsburgh State, 22-19.
3-point goals: Wisconsin-Stout (3): Freeman; Kujak; Ahsenmacher. Plattsburgh State (7): McIntosh 4; Correa 2; Mitchell.