BUFFALO — The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team almost pulled out a miraculous victory Friday night.
Buffalo State outscored the Cardinals, 9-5, in overtime to record a 93-89 victory in SUNY Athletic Conference play.
Plattsburgh (11-6, 7-3) trailed, 84-70, with 4:39 left in regulation when it scored 14 points in a row to force the extra session.
“I think we kind of ran out of gas in overtime,” said Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle. “We missed a layup, missed free throws and turned the ball over. You can’t do that on the road.”
The Bengals (10-6, 5-5) held a 52-50 lead at the half and pulled away to an 84-70 advantage.
But Curle inserted Billy O’Shea into the game and that helped ignite a Plattsburgh comeback.
“O’Shea is a freshman, but he doesn’t get rattled,” said Curle. “He made some good solid plays and hit a 3-pointer that made it a two-possession game.”
In the final minute, Jordan Moody hit a layup to bring the Cardinals to within 84-82 with 39 seconds remaining and then Chris Manning tied it, at 84-all, with a layup with 27 ticks left.
Buffalo State had a couple of opportunities in the final seconds, but the game went into overtime. The Bengals were then able to prevail.
Plattsburgh got off to a good start and held a 28-12 lead at one time in the first half only to fall behind by two at the half.
“Chris Manning picked up his second foul and they went to a three-quarter court trap,” said Curle. “We didn’t handle it very well — we didn’t run our offense and we panicked.
“Once we got to a point where we could scramble later in the game, we were able to do so. But it’s difficult to play fast, fast, fast and then have to play a half-court game. We need to learn how to do both.
“But the effort was certainly there.”
Jake Simmons led Buffalo State with 24 points and was followed by Roderick Epps with 19, Brad Doyley 15, Ryan Carney 11 and Leon Moise, 10.
The Bengals shot 52.9 percent from the field (36-of-68).
Shamoy McIntosh had a big shooting night for the Cardinals with 24 points, including 8-of-13 from the field and 5-for-5 from 3-point range.
Jordan Moody added 13 points, John Perez 12, Ezra Hodgson 10 and Manning, 10. Perez grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Manning dished out seven assists.
The Cardinals, who shot 35.3 percent from the field, hurt themselves at the foul line by going only 20-of-38 for 52.6 percent.
Curle said earlier in the week the importance of protecting the basketball in a fast-paced tempo. That didn’t happen with the Cardinals making 23 turnovers.
“A lot of those turnovers were unforced where we made some bad decisions,” he said.
The Cardinals, who had their four-game conference winning streak come to an end, play at Fredonia today at 4 p.m. The Blue Devils edged out an 87-86 overtime win over Potsdam on Friday.
Buffalo State 93,
Plattsburgh 89 (OT)
Perez 3-6-12, Hodgson 4-0-10, Manning 3-4-10, McIntosh 8-3-24, Moody 6-1-13, Mitchell 0-3-3, Tibbs 0-1-1, Williams 0-1-1, Fields 1-1-3, Parker 2-0-4, O’Shea 2-0-5, Correa 1-0-3. Totals: 30-20-89.
Buffalo State (93)
Carney 5-1-11, Runge 2-0-4, Hamer 2-0-4, Epps 6-6-19, Simmons 10-3-24, Doyley 4-7-15, Mensah 0-0-0, Moise 5-0-10, Castren 2-1-6, Murphy 0-0-0, Owusu 0-0-0. Totals: 36-18-93.
Halftime: Buffalo State, 52-50.
End of regulation: tied at 84.
3-point goals: Plattsburgh (9): McIntosh 5; Hodgson 2; O’Shea; Correa. Buffalo State (3): Epps; Simmons; Castren.