---- — CANTON — There was no letdown for the Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team Tuesday night.
With only one day to recover from Sunday’s hard-fought 80-73 non-conference loss to No. 4-ranked Middlebury College at Memorial Hall, the Cardinals played their first road game of the season and led much of the way in an 84-68 non-conference decision at St. Lawrence University.
Four players hit in double figures for Plattsburgh, which improved its record to 3-1.
“I was concerned about us being a little stale after playing on Sunday,” said Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle. “But we have a pretty good rotation going right now and the players are competing for playing time.
“We had some guys who played well. We used 14 players tonight. It’s not easy to play 14, but we want our younger guys to get some minutes.”
Kalik Parker paced the Cardinals with 15 points, while Shamoy McIntosh added 12 and both Chris Manning and John Perez 11 each. Manning dished out nine assists and Perez grabbed five rebounds.
“Our guards played very well,” said Curle. “Chris Manning had nine assists and three turnovers, while Mike Mitchell had three assists and one turnover. That’s
a good ratio.”
Kyle Miller led the Saints (0-3) with 14 points, followed by Tell White with 12 and Janpeter Brase, 10.
Plattsburgh pulled away in the final stages of the first half for a 40-32 halftime lead and withstood an early St. Lawrence comeback attempt after intermission.
“We came out and played real physical,” said Curle. “It was a physical game and there was a lot of banging inside.
“We were losing when Parker hit three 3-pointers to give us a 25-20 lead. It was fun to see him get it going like that. That helped us in the first half. He hit something like four out of six 3-pointers before cooling off.
“He also had a nice lob dunk that helped ignite us in the second half.”
The Saints got to within 42-39 before the Cardinals, who shot 54.4 percent (31-of-57) from the field, widened their lead and were never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
“We shot the ball well from the field,” said Curle. “We didn’t shoot very well from the foul line (58.3 percent), but fortunately neither did they (51.6 percent).”
The Cardinals committed nine turnovers, while the Saints were guilty of 20. St. Lawrence held a slim 30-27 advantage on the boards.
The Cardinals open their SUNY Athletic Conference season this weekend, with difficult road games on Friday at Oswego and Saturday at Cortland.
“With it being our first road game, it was a good win for us,” said Curle. “It was good preparation for the start of league play against Oswego. That’s going to be a real tough game for us.”
Plattsburgh 84, St. Lawrence 68
Manning 4-3-11, McIntosh 5-0-12, Perez 4-3-11, Tibbs 2-0-4, Hodgson 3-0-6, Mitchell 0-0-0, Williams 0-0-0, Fields 3-2-8, Moody 1-3-5, Baker 0-0-0, Parker 5-1-15, O’Shea 0-0-0, Correa 2-0-6, Siergiej 2-2-6. Totals: 31-14-84.
St. Lawrence (68)
Miller 4-4-14, Jones 4-0-9, Stahler 1-1-3, White 4-4-12, Brase 4-2-10, Simmon 0-0-0, Rivera 3-2-8, Condlin 1-2-5, McTague 2-0-6, Benton 0-1-1. Totals: 23-16-68.
Halftime: Plattsburgh, 40-32.
3-point goals: Plattsburgh (8) Parker 4; McIntosh 2; Correa 2. St. Lawrence (6): Miller 2; McTague 2; Jones; Condlin.