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February 1, 2014

Cardinals turn up the defense, roll past Red Dragons

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team came to play Friday night.

The Cardinals (14-3, 8-2) held the lead throughout in a solid 77-54 victory over Oneonta in SUNY Athletic Conference play at Memorial Hall.

The game wasn’t as close as the final score as Plattsburgh held as much as a 33-point lead in the second half.

“No doubt, this was a complete effort for us,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “We’re a good team.

“Our defensive intensity hasn’t come close to matching our offensive execution — but it did (Friday). This was the first step for us. We challenged every shot and I felt our athleticism made Oneonta’s shooters uncomfortable from 3-point range.”

The Red Dragons (8-10, 5-6) shot just 36 percent from the field, 25 percent from the 3-point line and Plattsburgh forced 19 turnovers.

Oneonta leading scorer Zach Mager was limited to just four points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field.

“He’s averaging 20 points a game and scored 28 points against us when we played down there,” Curle said. “We held him to just four (Friday).”

The Cardinals, meanwhile, shot 47 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range. The only area was Plattsburgh struggled in an otherwise superb effort was on the foul line where the Cardinals hit just 9-of-20.

“We played with so much energy that when we got to the foul line everything slowed down for us,” Curle said.

The Cardinals also pleased the fans in attendance with four thunderous dunks.

“When you play great defense like we did (Friday), you’re going to get dunks,” Curle said.

Shamoy McIntosh and Shavar Fields led the Cardinals with 15 points each, while Edward Correa and Xavier Thomas added eight apiece and Chris Manning, seven. Manning, who always thinks pass first, was 3-for-3 from the field.

John Perez and Fields each grabbed seven rebounds to lead the team and McIntosh added four steals.

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