December 9, 2012

Cardinals sweep weekend in SUNYAC play

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team is on a roll, but now comes the end of the first semester.

The Cardinals capped off a 3-0 week with a 93-85 victory over Buffalo State in SUNY Athletic Conference play at Memorial Hall on Saturday.

Plattsburgh (7-2, 3-1), after avenging two losses last season to Fredonia with a 72-58 win on Friday night, gained a measure of revenge on the Bengals, who beat the Cardinals by margins of 42 and 18 points a year ago.

“We’re playing real well, but it’s a decent time for a break,” said Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle. “The players have final exams coming up and that’s where their focus should be. They’ll need some time off.

“They’ll enjoy the break with their families, but hopefully they will stay in shape and keep working hard.”

The vastly-improved Cardinals now have seven wins on the season after winning eight all of last year.

It was also the first conference loss of the season for Buffalo State (5-2, 3-1), which had escaped Potsdam with a one-point win the night before.

“I’m very pleased with where we sit,” said Curle. “We’re tied for second in the conference at 3-1 and we’ve been doing the things it takes to be successful. We won a game on the road and protected our home court.

“It has put us in a good position.”

Leading the way for the Cardinals was Jordan Moody, who scored a career-high 21 points off 7-of-11 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

“Jordan Moody really stepped up,” said Curle. “What he did offensively was gravy because of his defense on Jake Simmons (7 points), who will end up as the all-time leading scorer at Buffalo State. Jordan caused some frustration for Simmons.”

Also finishing in double figures for Plattsburgh were Ezra Hodgson with 13 points, and both Shamoy McIntosh and Kalik Parker with 10 apiece.

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