Cardinals overpower Bears men's basketball
POTSDAM, N.Y. – The SUNY Potsdam men's basketball (10-13, 5-11 SUNYAC) fell to Plattsburgh State (18-4, 15-1 SUNYAC) Friday night 104-76. Junior guard Dante Langley (Schuylerville, N.Y./Schuylerville) led the Bears by going 10-for-14 from the floor and 3-for-6 from beyond the arc to rack up 23 points. Sophomore guard Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) finished with 18 points and had career-highs in rebounds with eight and assists with seven.
Potsdam started the game off with a mini 8-3 run that was capped with a dunk from junior forward Serigne Kane (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Prep). The Cardinals answered with six straight points to gain their first lead of the contest. The teams battled back and forth over the next three minutes before a jumper by Eli Bryant gave Plattsburgh the lead for good. Bryant's jumper ignited a Cardinal 19-4 run that got Plattsburgh out to their largest lead of the half with 7:18 remaining. The teams played even the rest of the 20 minute span with the Cardinals heading into the locker room with a 46-32 lead.Jonathan Patron was the lone scorer for Plattsburgh over the first six minutes of the second. The Bears worked together to keep up with Patron, but couldn't make up any ground on the score. Chris Middleton hit two free throws to start a 10-2 run for the Cardinals, which was capped by three made foul shots from Bryant. Potsdam's offense picked up to match Plattsburgh over the remaining 9:30 and the teams combined for 59 points to close out the half with the Cardinals taking the 104-76 victory.
Junior guard Nosa Onabor (Brooklyn, N.Y./Northside Charter) recorded 10 points and seven rebounds and Kane tacked on eight points. Potsdam shot 43 percent from the field and grabbed 34 boards.
Patron put up 32 points and seven rebounds to lead Plattsburgh. Bryant and Eric Mack added 22 and 13 points, respectively. Bryant dished out nine assists and Mack had six rebounds. Middleton tallied eight points and had a game-high nine boards, three takeaways and Ian Howard matched Middleton with nine rebounds. The Cardinals shot 46 percent from the floor and had 48 rebounds.
Potsdam will be back next weekend to close out their regular season with New Paltz Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Bears will honor their seniors during their matchup with Oneonta Saturday at 3 p.m.