---- — BROCKPORT — It was a much-needed win.
And it came anything but easy.
The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team, following a tough loss to Geneseo the night before, held on for an 82-81 victory over The College of Brockport on Saturday in SUNY Athletic Conference play.
“Our road win at Oswego and this win on the road are two of our better wins in the conference,” said Curle. “Those will be two playoff teams and getting road wins against them is big for us.
“Like I said (Friday), the second half of our game against Geneseo gave us the spark we needed. We were intense right from the start (Saturday) and played well from start to finish.”
John Perez, before fouling out with under two minutes to go in the contest, had a monster game for Plattsburgh (8-5, 4-2), which broke a three-game losing streak. Perez finished with a team-high 17 points, including seven-of-nine from the foul line, and added a team-high 15 rebounds in 34 minutes.
“It was really a battle,” said Curle. “John had scratches all over him after the game. He played a really strong game and gave them a lot of problems inside. He also did a good job protecting the ball.”
Shamoy McIntosh, Ezra Hodgson and Kalik Parker all added 15 points each for the Cardinals, with all of Parker’s points coming on five-of-nine shooting from three-point range. Edward Correa chipped in with nine points.
The Cardinals shot 40.8 percent from the field, 34.8 from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the line.
“They were trapping us at the end and fouling us,” said Curle. “If we did a little better from the line, we might have salted it away earlier.”
It was a back-and-forth first half and Perez hit two from the line to give the Cardinals a 44-38 halftime lead.
When McIntosh hit a layup with 14:17 remaining, Plattsburgh held its biggest lead of the game to that point, at 61-52. McIntosh then hit two from the line with 13:30 remaining to make it 63-53.
But Brockport battled all the way back and grabbed a 71-69 lead on Matt Lee’s layup with 7:16 left.
The Cardinals, however, answered and went back up by seven, at 78-71, on McIntosh’s layup at the 2:08 mark.
The Golden Eagles got back to within two before Hodgson hit two from the line and Correa the second of two foul shots with four seconds remaining to make it an 82-78 game.
Ivy then hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final score.
“They really attack the ball and we did a good job of hanging on to it,” said Curle. “I was happy with the way we took care of the ball.
“They’re small, quick and aggressive. We played man-to-man on the first possession of the game and then switched to a 2-3 zone the rest of the way. We did play man-to-man on the final possession.”
The Golden Eagles (8-5, 3-3), who had a six-game winning streak come to an end, were led by John Ivy with 21 points, followed by Brandon Caruthers with 15, Lance Legister 13, Lee 13 and Jordan Major, 10.
Brockport connected on 15-of-38 from 3-point range, but hurt itself with an eight-of-18 performance from the charity stripe.
“They’re not very big — they take a lot of threes,” said Curle. “I told the guys before the season that every conference game was going to be a battle like this.”
The Cardinals, who have split two weekends on the road in conference play, are 2-0 at home and return to Memorial Hall this coming weekend for games against New Paltz and Oneonta.
Plattsburgh 82, Brockport 81
Perez 5-7-17, McIntosh 5-5-15, Hodgson 6-2-15, Correa 3-1-9, Manning 2-1-5, Parker 5-0-15, Moody 2-0-4, Williams 1-0-2, Mitchell 0-0-0, Fields 0-0-0. 29-16-82.
Ivy 8-2-21, Lee 4-3-13, Major 3-1-10, Bell 2-0-6, Klen 0-0-0, Caruthers 6-0-15, Legister 5-1-13, Hayden 1-0-2, Gallagher 0-0-0. Totals: 29-8-81.
Halftime: Plattsburgh 44-38.
3-point goals: Plattsburgh (8): Parker 5; Correa; Hodgson. Brockport (15): Ivy 3; Major 3; Caruthers 3; Lee 2; Bell 2; Legister 2.