NEW PALTZ — This one hurts.
Shereff Taylor tied the contest with a 3-pointer with 46 seconds left and Matt Devine won it with a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining in regulation as New Paltz outlasted Plattsburgh State, 75-72, in men’s basketball Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals (13-7, 9-4) were looking to close out their conference road schedule with back-to-back wins, but instead had to settle for their fourth 1-1 SUNYAC weekend on the road this season.
The Cardinals ended up going 3-2 during the five-game stretch on the road, losing one game in overtime to Buffalo State.
“It was a real rough loss,” said Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle. “We had them almost all the game. But they made some plays at the end and we didn’t show a lot of composure. It was a high-energy game and we got caught up in the emotion of it, including myself.
“We were rushing things too much.”
Taylor and Devine each tossed in 20 points for the Hawks, with Taylor getting 10 rebounds. Deveino McRae chipped in with 11 points.
Jordan Moody went 9-for-16 from the field for 22 points to lead the Cardinals. Ezra Hodgson finished with 11 points, while John Perez contributed nine points, along with game-highs of 15 rebounds and eight assists.
“I loved our energy today and I will take that every time,” said Curle. “Perez played so hard with so much energy. He just couldn’t finish around the rim today. But I can’t fault his desire — he was awesome to see.”
Plattsburgh, which held a 35-31 advantage at the half, was in front, 72-69, when Taylor hit his 3-pointer with 46 seconds left to tie it.
Hodgson then missed a 3-pointer for the Cardinals and New Paltz got the ball back with 23 seconds remaining. The Hawks worked the clock down to four seconds when Devine nailed the game-winning shot.
Moody missed a long 3-pointer for the Cardinals as time expired.
And although they couldn’t get the stops they needed in the final minute, the Cardinals struggled offensively from the field unlike they did in Friday night’s 86-77 victory at Oneonta.
Plattsburgh hit just 34.2 percent (25-of-73) from the floor, while the Hawks (8-12, 6-7) finished at 54.9 percent (28-of-51).
But where the Cardinals got hurt the most was beyond the arc where New Paltz, which avenged an earlier loss in Plattsburgh, made one more 3-pointer than Plattsburgh did on 18 less attempts. The Hawks finished 9-for-14 from 3-point range, while the Cardinals were 8-of-32.
“We took 32 3-pointers and that showed a lack of composure on our part,” said Curle. “We ran our offense well on Friday and took our time. But we didn’t do that today. We can’t win playing that way.”
Plattsburgh has five home games to finish off its conference schedule, including three against three of the top four teams in the standings — Cortland, Geneseo and Oswego.
Despite the loss, the Cardinals remain third in the SUNYAC standings behind Cortland and Geneseo. Plattsburgh has not clinched a playoff spot as of yet and still has some work left to do.
“From my estimation, we still control our own destiny,” said Curle. “We have five games remaining and a lot more is going to happen. We have to learn from today and get better. I’ve said all along we’re a work in progress.
“No question, it’s better to be at home for our last five games. And our goal is still to be one of the top two seeds going into the playoffs and we’re still in position to accomplish that.”
The Cardinals host The College of Brockport on Friday and Geneseo on Saturday at Memorial Hall.
New Paltz 75,
Moody 9-2-22, Hodgson 4-0-11, Perez 3-3-9, McIntosh 1-4-7, Manning 1-0-2, Williams 2-2-6, Fields 2-1-5, Parker 1-0-3, Correa 1-0-3, Mitchell 0-2-2, Sergiej 1-0-2, Tibbs 0-0-0, O’Shea 0-0-0. Totals: 25-14-72.
New Paltz (75)
Taylor 7-2-20, Devine 7-4-20, McRae 4-3-11, Roach 3-1-8, Hulbert 2-0-6, Joseph 2-0-4, Sowah 2-0-4, Jenkins 0-0-0, Cone-Douglas 0-0-0, Perlman 0-0-0. Totals: 28-10-75.
Halftime: Plattsburgh, 35-31.
3-point goals: Plattsburgh (8): Hodgson 3; Moody 2; McIntosh; Parker; Correa. New Paltz (9): Taylor 4; Devine 2; Hulbert 2; Roach.