BUFFALO — The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team almost pulled out a miraculous victory Friday night.
Buffalo State outscored the Cardinals, 9-5, in overtime to record a 93-89 victory in SUNY Athletic Conference play.
Plattsburgh (11-6, 7-3) trailed, 84-70, with 4:39 left in regulation when it scored 14 points in a row to force the extra session.
“I think we kind of ran out of gas in overtime,” said Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle. “We missed a layup, missed free throws and turned the ball over. You can’t do that on the road.”
The Bengals (10-6, 5-5) held a 52-50 lead at the half and pulled away to an 84-70 advantage.
But Curle inserted Billy O’Shea into the game and that helped ignite a Plattsburgh comeback.
“O’Shea is a freshman, but he doesn’t get rattled,” said Curle. “He made some good solid plays and hit a 3-pointer that made it a two-possession game.”
In the final minute, Jordan Moody hit a layup to bring the Cardinals to within 84-82 with 39 seconds remaining and then Chris Manning tied it, at 84-all, with a layup with 27 ticks left.
Buffalo State had a couple of opportunities in the final seconds, but the game went into overtime. The Bengals were then able to prevail.
Plattsburgh got off to a good start and held a 28-12 lead at one time in the first half only to fall behind by two at the half.
“Chris Manning picked up his second foul and they went to a three-quarter court trap,” said Curle. “We didn’t handle it very well — we didn’t run our offense and we panicked.
“Once we got to a point where we could scramble later in the game, we were able to do so. But it’s difficult to play fast, fast, fast and then have to play a half-court game. We need to learn how to do both.