FREDONIA — The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team turned it up defensively Saturday afternoon and got a nice bounce-back win on the road.
After dropping a 93-89 overtime decision at Buffalo State the night before, the Cardinals rolled to a 72-47 victory over Fredonia in SUNY Athletic Conference play.
Plattsburgh, winning for the fifth time in six games, improved to 12-6 overall and 8-3 in the conference.
“We played great defense all game today,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “There weren’t a lot of uncontested shots for Fredonia. When you play great defense like we did, that allows you to get out on the break and hit some layups.”
“We played a good game and were able to bounce back from the night before. I feel good about the weekend.
The Blue Devils (6-11, 2-9), coming off an 87-86 overtime victory over Potsdam on Friday, had a tough day shooting the basketball by hitting just 25 percent from the field and 12 percent from 3-point range.
Fredonia also turned the ball over 24 times, as opposed to 16 for Plattsburgh.
Offensively for the Cardinals, Kalik Parker scored 13 points, while Chris Manning and John Perez each added 12. Perez also had team highs of 10 rebounds and three assists.
The Cardinals shot 44.8 percent from the field.
“I thought we did a much better job running our offense in the second half,” Curle said. “We missed four layups that I can remember in the first half.
“But defensively, that was the difference. Jordan Moody is establishing himself as the best perimeter defender in the conference. He makes it hard for players to shoot over him, and he’s accepted his role.
“Edward Correa came off the bench and didn’t shoot the ball well today. But he played really good defense, along with Shavar Fields. When the next group comes in, they have to continue playing great defense. They did today.”