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January 31, 2014

Cards look to stay in top tier

PLATTSBURGH — Three teams have separated themselves from the rest of the pack in the SUNY Athletic Conference men’s basketball standings.

Plattsburgh State is one of those teams.

Brockport (9-0 in the conference), Geneseo (8-1) and the Cardinals (7-2) lead the way at the halfway point of the SUNYAC regular-season schedule.

No other team is over .500, although there are four teams at the .500 mark.

The Cardinals, who are 13-3 overall, hope to build on that separation with two home games at Memorial Hall this weekend tonight at 8 p.m. against Oneonta (8-9, 5-5) and Saturday at 4 p.m. versus New Paltz (6-11, 3-7).

“There’s a little bit of a dogfight going on right now for fourth, fifth and sixth place,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “However, the teams battling for those spots can sneak up on us if we don’t continue to play well.

“We don’t want to slip up, so we have to work doubly hard to keep that separation.”

Elsewhere, something has to give at the top of the standings this weekend when Brockport hosts Geneseo. The two have played half their SUNYAC schedule but haven’t met yet this season.

Plattsburgh, which plays six of its final nine conference games at home, is coming off a successful 2-0 weekend on the road, including an 87-83 victory at Buffalo State and a 77-42 decision at Fredonia.

The Cardinals have four players averaging in double figures, and Alan Siergiej became the eighth Plattsburgh player to lead the team in scoring in a game this season when he tallied 14 points in the win over the Blue Devils.

Plattsburgh also has the luxury of being at home with the college back in session.

“No doubt, a packed gym would be a benefit for us,” Curle said. “We play hard and we’re exciting to watch. I hope the community will come out to support us and watch us play.”

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