CORTLAND — For the first time in his career, Plattsburgh State men’s basketball senior Shavar Fields earned the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) men’s basketball Player of the Week.
The award, which was handed out by the conference office Monday, encompassed the contributions of Fields for the week ending Feb. 2.
The 6-foot-6-inch forward averaged 17 points and 9.5 rebounds in a pair of Plattsburgh triumphs last week, which extended the Cardinals’ number of consecutive victories to seven. During Friday’s 77-54 blowout against Oneonta State, Fields directed a balanced Plattsburgh attack by putting in a game-high 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.
In addition to his high point mark, the Albany product took to the air to corral a game-high seven rebounds. Saturday saw the senior sprint out of the gates to lead the Cardinals’ charge on New Paltz.
Fields put in seven of the first 10 Plattsburgh points and would go on to finish with 19 as the home squad outlasted the upset-minded Hawks, 90-78. Another strong outing on the glass was in the cards for Fields, too, as he finished with a game and career-high 12 boards.
Just one of the important cogs in the Cardinals’ scoring machine, Fields is averaging 13.8 points per game on the strength of 54.1 field goal shooting in 2013-14. His rebounding average of six per game ranks second on the squad and his shooting clip of 72.4 percent at the foul line is the ninth best among all SUNYAC players.
Thanks to the help of Fields, the Cardinals are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak and have been on the losing end of a decision just one time in 2014. With a record of 15-3 and 9-2 in conference battles, the Cardinals sit alone in second place in the 10-team league and are 9-1 since the calendar rolled to 2014.
In its first of two games this weekend, Plattsburgh will receive the chance to avenge that one 2014 setback. In what will be a road trip rife with postseason positioning implications, the Cardinals travel west to tangle with SUNYAC top dog and No. 20-ranked Brockport at 8 p.m. Friday. The following afternoon, the second-place Cardinals head to SUNY Geneseo to do battle with the third-place SUNY Geneseo Knights at 4 p.m.