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January 22, 2014

Cardinals struggle early, pull away late from Bears

PLATTSBURGH — The biggest positive for the Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team Tuesday night was the end result.

The Cardinals (11-3, 5-2) pulled away down the stretch for a 73-58 victory over Potsdam (2-12, 0-7) in SUNY Athletic Conference play at Memorial Hall.

But for a team expecting to challenge for conference honors this season, it wasn’t a solid performance for the Cardinals.

“It’s hard to convince players,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “We tell them that Potsdam is a good team that can shoot the ball.

“But with the Internet now, the guys look at another team’s statistics and think how easy the game will be.”

Plattsburgh held a 59-52 lead and then went on a 14-6 run to finish off the game, with 10 of those points coming from the foul line.

“I’m happy with the win — a win’s a win,” Curle said. “But I didn’t think we took a step forward (Tuesday).

“We didn’t play well defensively. We were trying to direct players where we would get help. Help should be there if you need it, but you can’t just like the player drive to the rim for easy baskets. We let them get to the rim too easily on their first move.

“We had some steals, but that can be fool’s gold.”

Plattsburgh also didn’t shoot the ball particularly well.

The Cardinals finished just 38 percent from the field, 22 percent from 3-point range and 67 percent from the line.

“We won because we have good players,” Curle said. “To have a good team, you need to have good players.”

Edward Correa, Shamoy McIntosh and Shavar Fields led the Cardinals with 15 points each, with Fields going 9-of-10 from the line to go along with seven rebounds. McIntosh was 6-of-6 from the line.

John Perez added 10 points and nine rebounds, while Chris Manning followed with eight assists and five steals, and Xavier Thomas eight points and seven boards.

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