« on: Yesterday at 11:09:50 pm »
Here's a copy of my post from the SUNYAC board.
Plattsburgh falls to Western Connecticut by a final score of 89-84
This was a hard game to watch. Live stats were screwed up almost the entire night and the webcast was freezing up throughout the 2nd half. Did not enjoy watching this contest. Numerous times when a score occurred the wrong total was put up or it was given to the wrong team. On several occasions I watched Plattsburgh, down by 2 points, make a free throw and have it credited to Western. By the time the mistake was corrected both team had scored again, the video had frozen up and you wouldn't have a clue if it was a 1, 2, 3, or 5, point lead. never knew for the entire final 10 minutes of the game who was ahead or what margin they were ahead by. When a time out occurred the camera would focus on the scoreboard and you would get the actual score. Seconds later the live stats would credit the next points to the wrong team and it was Deja Vu all over again.
The enjoyment factor was knocked down another couple of notches when Plattsburgh lost a double digit halftime lead and came out on the short end of the scoreboard. The Colonials came out of the break and quickly narrowed the gap of 11 points down to 54-51 with 13:28 left to play. Back and forth action over the next few minutes until finally Western went ahead for the 1st time in the game on a 3 pointer by Phil Starks to make it 61-59 with 11 minutes remaining. A short time later a pair of free throws by Luis Bridtter gave the Colonials their largest lead of the night at 67-61. A Shamoy McIntosh layup brought the Cardinals back into the lead at 72-71 and 4 more lead changes would follow. Up by a 78-75 margin with 4:33 left to play the Cardinals fell victim to a slight variation of officiating known as home cooking. The Colonials scored 14 points to 6 for Plattsburgh to end the game. 12 of the points Western scored came from the free throw line as they made 7 trips to the stripe to only 2 for the Cardinals. It is what is and of course I'm probably a little biased but this game was won by the Colonials because of the free throw attempts they had in the final 4:20 of the game and the lack of free throw attempts that Plattsburgh had. Several bipartisan fans that I know have communicated with me since the game ended and all 3 of the guys commented on the obvious inequities that took place in the game. However the bottom line is that the Cardinals did not handle the press all that well. They were missing their #1 ball handler, as starting point guard Mike Mitchell didn't play tonight. That would have made a considerable difference in the amount of turnovers that Plattsburgh committed. 29 TO's may very well be the highest number this team has had in at least 3 years if not longer.
The Cardinals got balanced scoring as 5 guys hit double figures tonight. Shamoy McIntosh was the game's high scorer as he led the team with 16 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and a pair of 3 pointers. Kyle Richardson once again provided a big lift off the bench as he came in and scored 15 points grabbed 6 rebounds, had 2 blocks, 2 assists and a steal. Kyle was 4x4 from long distance as well. Eddie Correa had 14 points with 3 triples, 2 steals, 2 assists and 2 rebounds. Ezra Hodgson had 13 points and 6 rebounds, while Xavier Thomas also scored 13 points, including 2 three pointers and led the team with 7 boards.
Telling stats... the Cards outshot the Colonials from the field 44.6% (29x65) to 42,4% (28x66)... from three point land 50% (12x24) to 17.6% (3x17)... outrebounded Western 48-40 and had 16 assists to 12 for the Colonials.
Western went to the line 41 times to 29 for the Cardinals. Western shot 73.2% (30x41) from the stripe while the Cardinals shot 51.9% (14x27). The Colonials had 20 turnovers, the Cardinals had 29.
The Colonials were Bobby Bynum with 15 points, 7 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a block. Jeremiah Washington had 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and a block while Phil Starks subbed in and scored 11 points, had 7 boards, 5 steals and 2 assists. Tre'Von Perry added 10 points and Jimmy Louissaint had 9. Luis Bridtter scored 8 points and was the game's top rebounder with 9 boards.
While I'm not happy with the outcome or the officiating I have to give Western Connecticut credit for opening up the 2nd half and taking it to the Cardinals. They immediately climbed back into this game when it would have been quite easy to fall further behind. Plattsburgh had kind of coasted through their first 2 games, turning it on and off at will. Tonight they got caught up in the press and the loss of their point guard put added pressure on other players to perform duties that they weren't accustomed to doing. Western took advantage of that and made it work to their benefit. Congratulations to the Colonials and to my buddy, 7 express. (By the way plus K the first) This win will look good on Western's resume and it will only look better as the season progresses. The Colonials should be in the hunt along with Eastern and Rhode Island for the LEC crown. Plattsburgh will end up with a solid resume as well, I believe, and this loss will serve as a learning experience that will come in handy down the road. Coach Curle will make sure of that.