January 23, 2013

Cards use big 2nd half to defeat Bears


---- — POTSDAM — Plattsburgh State men’s basketball coach Tom Curle wasn’t able to see his daughter, Marle, get her 1,000th career varsity point Tuesday night.

What he settled for, however, certainly helped make up for it.

The Cardinals, up by just one point at the half, used a big second half to run away from Potsdam, 85-63, in SUNY Athletic Conference play at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium.

“It was a good day all-around,” said Curle. “Marle got her 1,000th point, we won and so did the (Plattsburgh State) women’s team.”

John Perez led the Cardinals with 16 points off 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 at the foul line. Also hitting in double figures for Plattsburgh was Jordan Moody with 13 points, Shamoy McIntosh 12 and Edward Correa, 10.

Reggie Williams hauled in a team-high nine rebounds and McIntosh added six boards. McIntosh also dished out a team-high five assists.

Mark Lake, Jr. led the Bears (7-9, 3-6), who had their four-game home winning streak snapped, with 17 points, while Josh Lambert and Curtis Pierce each added 10. Brandon Williams chipped in with a team-high 17 rebounds.

The Cardinals (11-5, 7-2) took a 39-38 lead following a back-and-forth first 20 minutes.

“We played with a lot of energy,” Curle said. “We were getting steals and rebounds, but giving the ball right back to them on turnovers. We were rushing too much.”

With 6 foot, 6 inch Potsdam junior Rob Duquette, a former standout at Peru Central School, out of the lineup with an ankle injury, the Cardinals pounded the ball inside as much as possible and it paid dividends early in the second half when Plattsburgh broke the game open quickly.

“We took care of the problems we had in the first half in the second half,” Curle said. “We made some adjustments. One of the adjustments was to isolate John (Perez) down low and he took over.

“I was happy that the adjustments worked. We were able to shut them down in the second half defensively, even though they missed some shots that they made in the first half. We rebounded well and got out and ran. And, we did a better job executing in our half-court offense.

“It was one of our better halves of the season.”

The Cardinals held a 46-25 scoring advantage in the second half and led by as many as 29 points.

Plattsburgh outscored Potsdam, 25-8, to open the second half for a 64-46 lead with 10:55 remaining.

With 5:27 left, the Cardinals took their biggest advantage of the game at 81-52.

“It was a total team effort,” Curle said. “We were able to get some guys who haven’t been playing much some time. Players like Kalik Parker didn’t play a lot in the second half and some of our players made personal sacrifices and that’s rewarding for a coach to see.”

The Cardinals had one of their better shooting games, going 46.7 percent from the field, 41.7 percent on 3-pointers and 90.9 percent from the foul line.

Plattsburgh also held a 43-36 advantage on the boards.

The Cardinals, who have won four conference games in a row, head back on the road for weekend contests at Buffalo State on Friday and Fredonia on Saturday.

“Hopefully we can keep it going,” Curle said.

Plattsburgh 85, Potsdam 63

Plattsburgh (85)

Manning 2-0-4, McIntosh 4-2-12, Perez 7-2-16, Williams 1-2-4, Moody 5-2-13, Mitchell 2-0-6, Fields 4-1-9, Ottey 0-0-0, Outlaw 0-0-0, Tibbs 0-0-0, Baker 1-2-4, Parker 2-0-6, O’Shea 0-0-0, Correa 4-0-11, Siergiej 0-0-0. Totals: 32-11-85.

Potsdam (63)

Lambert 3-4-10, Lake Jr., 6-3-17, Pierce 3-2-10, Peterson 0-0-0, Adams 4-0-9, Estramonte 3-0-7, Lamont 0-2-2, Williams 3-2-8, McIntyre 0-0-0. Totals: 22-13-63.

Halftime: Plattsburgh, 39-38.

3-point goals: Plattsburgh (10): Correa 3; McIntosh 2; Mitchell 2; Parker 2; Moody. Potsdam (6): Lake Jr. 2; Pierce 2; Adams; Estramonte.