Cardinals to play North Country rival Potsdam

PLATTSBURGH — Both the Plattsburgh State men’s and women’s basketball teams are searching for some answers and wanting fresh starts.

The Cardinal squads are coming off 0-2 SUNYAC home weekends and will be hoping to snap their skids in Potsdam.

The women play on the road against the Bears at 5:30 p.m. today, while the men are scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m.

WOMEN

The Bears (4-6, 1-3) are in a similar situation to the Cardinals (4-7, 1-3).

Both Potsdam and Plattsburgh suffered losses to Brockport and Geneseo this past Friday and Saturday and will both be looking to turn matters around.

Devyn Elliot (16.3) and Dyamon Hunter (15.9) lead the Bears in scoring, and Elliot is averaging a double-double with 11 rebounds per game.

The Cardinals were plagued by some sickness last week but are hoping to be healthy and firing on all cylinders now.

Slow starts have been the biggest issue of late for Plattsburgh, as it has dug some insurmountable deficits.

The Cardinals shot 28.8% and 26.2% from the floor in their last two games.

Taylor Durnin and Theresa Quinn have been Plattsburgh’s most consistent offensive sources.

Durnin has scored 10.3 points per game and Quinn showcases a 9.3 scoring average.

MEN

The Bears (8-3, 3-1) will most likely give the Cardinals (4-7, 1-3) another tough test.

While Plattsburgh was swept by Brockport and Geneseo last weekend, Potsdam defeated both teams.

The Bears beat the Golden Eagles, 86-70, and the Knights, 68-58.

Isaiah Brown has appeared in only the last two games for Potsdam, but he has done damage, totaling 47 points over the Bears’ two latest wins.

Look for Tyrese Baptiste, who is averaging 11.2 points and 11 rebounds per game, to give Potsdam some good minutes.

Ball security has been a big problem for the Cardinals of late, and as a result, it has become a top concern that will need to be improved.

Plattsburgh had a combined 37 turnovers in its last two games, including 25 against Brockport.

Similar to the women’s team, the men’s squad has dealt with some illness of late and some nagging injuries.

The Cardinals will surely look to get on a roll after a rough three-game skid that has seen opponents outscore them, 254-191, during that stretch.

Travis Cox (17), Nick DeAngelis (15.9) and Axel Rodriguez (10.5) are Plattsburgh’s leading scorers.

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