PLATTSBURGH - The SUNY Potsdam mens and womens basketball teams suffered a SUNYAC sweep on the road against travel partner SUNY Plattsburgh on Tuesday.
The Bears had the lead late in the first half and trailed just 36-35 at halftime against a team that has now won eight of its past nine games. But the Cardinals (11-3 overall, 5-2 SUNYAC) were relentless in attacking the rim and drew plenty of contact to gain a plus 22 advantage in the amount of free throws taken on its way to a 73-58 triumph against Potsdam.
Plattsburgh made 22-33 from the charity stripe while Potsdam mustered just 5-11 from the foul line.
Potsdam (2-12 overall, 0-7 SUNYAC) cut the lead to four on a Josh Blagrove jumper with 13:35 remaining in the second half. After the Cardinals went on an 8-1 run, the Bears responded with a jumper and lay up from Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y.), a layup from Rishawd Hendricks (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and a driving score by Zac Adams (Potsdam, N.Y.) to cap an 8-4 advantage that got the Bears to within seven with 4:24 to play.
But, Plattsburgh made 10-12 free throws down the stretch and Potsdam shot 1-7 from the floor with two turnovers in the final 4:24 to seal it.
Adams shot 6-9 from the field to score a team-high 12 points and he grabbed six rebounds. Tom Graf (Elbridge, N.Y.) came off the bench and provided a lift by knocking down 4-7 shots including 3-5 from downtown to account for 11 points in 15 minutes of action. Graf has now had three games this season in which he has made at least three 3-pointers. Joe Estramonte (Greenwich, N.Y.) tallied eight points, three assists and three steals, Hendricks had seven points while Brandon Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Colin Peterson (Hilton, N.Y.) and Duquette had six points apiece.
Edward Correa, Shamoy McIntosh, and Shavar Fields provided a balanced attack for Plattsburgh as each had 15 points. John Perez added 10 points, a game-high nine rebounds, a steal and a block.
Potsdam will be back in action Friday at Fredonia. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.
The challenge for the SUNY Potsdam womens basketball team was traveling to Plattsburgh on Tuesday evening to take on a hot Cardinals team that had won five consecutive games and had been undefeated on its home floor this season.
Things got off to a positive start for the Bears as senior forward Jessica Kouzan (Webster, N.Y.) knocked down a 3-pointer to give Potsdam the first basket of the game.
But, Plattsburgh promptly responded with a decisive 17-4 run over the next six and a half minutes to set the tone for the game. The Cardinals led by 16 by halftime and went on to win 79-54 at Memorial Hall behind a huge edge in free throws attempted and offensive rebounds.
Plattsburgh (11-3 overall, 6-1 tied for first place in SUNYAC) took 17 more free throws (27-10) and outrebounded Potsdam by a margin of 11 on the offensive glass (21-10). Eight different Cardinal players shot at least a pair from the charity stripe while only three players from the Bears had the same opportunity.
Devona Paul tallied 16 points to lead the Cardinals (11-3, 6-1). Brooke Reifinger scored 14 points and Kathleen Payne added 12 for the Cardinals.
Jessica Kouzan led SUNY Potsdam (4-10, 2-5) with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Carli Reynolds tossed in 13 for the Bears. Senior guard Hannah Kmiecinski (Webster, N.Y.) connected on 3-5 from long range to finish with nine points.
Potsdam will return to the court on Friday at Fredonia. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
CANTON MEN FALL
In Albany, Romario Fletcher (Queens, NY) posted his first collegiate double-double on Tuesday, but a late second half push by the mens basketball team came up short as they fell, 89-79, to host Sage Colleges (10-5).
Four different Gators had seven or more points in the opening half. Fletcher paced SUNY Canton (2-10) with nine points and four rebounds while Scott Bartenstein (Potsdam, NY) netted seven points shooting 3-4 from the field.
Fletcher and Tyler Ellison (New York, NY) had 16 points apiece for the Roos, with Ellison scoring 11 after halftime. Fletcher added 10 rebounds good for his first double-double in a SUNY Canton uniform. Annorh posted 13 points and five assists, while Bartenstein tallied nine points and five boards. Richardson recorded six points and six rebounds.
Sage placed four players in double figures led by a double-double from Mason Horne who had 15 points and 13 rebounds. Ryan LaBelle posted a game-high 18 points and Kai Deans and Matt LaClair registered 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Hamilton 4, SUNY Canton 2: Katie Parkman scord two goals to help the Continentals (5-6-2) defeat SUNY Canton in a nonconfererence game in Clinton.
Megan Fitzgerald and Gigi Fraser also scored for Hamilton. Bernadette OConnell and Maddy Hetman produced goals for Canton (6-12-2).