Blue Devils routed
By JOE ECKSTROM
OBSERVER Sports Reporter
Coming off of an 87-86 overtime victory over Potsdam on Friday, the Fredonia State Blue Devils men’s basketball team seemed to have a lot of positive energy in their favor.
However, shortly after tip-off, the Blue Devils fell flat as the Plattsburgh Cardinals dominated their way to a 72-47 victory in SUNYAC basketball action on Saturday, at Steele Hall.
“The start of the game was horrendous,” Fredonia State head coach Kevin Moore said. “There is no way I saw that start coming. We were coming off an emotional victory and I thought that would carry over to this game, especially with the energy I was feeling from the team before the game. Then we just came out flat.”
Plattsburgh jumped out to a 13-2 lead before Fredonia State knew what hit them.
Despite the poor start, the Blue Devils were able to cut the Cardinal’s lead to 15-10 midway through the first half.
While it looked as if the home team may have found some footing, Plattsburgh outscored Fredonia State, 18-8, the rest of the half.
The Blue Devils were a dismal 7-of-27 from the field, including 1-of-11 from 3-point range in the first half.
“As well as we shot from three last night, it was a complete 180 degrees the other way today,” Moore said. “Part of growing as a young team is realizing when the 3-pointers aren’t falling, that we have to attack inside, which we weren’t doing.”
With all the momentum clearly in favor of the Cardinals, Fredonia State trailed by just 10 points as Plattsburgh led 33-23 at the break.
Not much changed for the Blue Devils in the second half, as turnovers and poor shooting continued to plague the team.
Fredonia State turned the ball over 25 times, 17 of which came in the form of steals by Plattsburgh.
“Turnovers have been our Achilles heel all year,” Moore said. “Part of the growing pains has been dealing with the value of possessing the ball. We were just too careless with the ball against a team as good as Plattsburgh.”
The Cardinals put up 39 points in the second half compared to Fredonia State’s 24, as the Blue Devils continued to struggle, putting the ball in the basket.
The Blue Devils were just 2-of-15 from behind the arc in the second half for a total of 3-of-26.
“The dynamics of this team are way different than any team we’ve had here before,” Moore said. “We have just three seniors and all the juniors we have this year are transfers, so we’ve had to put a lot of weight on the shoulders of our upperclassmen. “
One of those seniors that tried to shoulder the load was Pine Valley alum, Dalton Kashmer, who led the team with nine points and six boards.
Robert Lyles and Devin Case each added eight points for the Blue Devils in the loss.
“It’s going to be nice to get back into a routine,” Moore said. “Now that classes are starting up again and all the students are coming back. It’s been a while since we’ve had that, so hopefully getting back into a routine will get us turned around.”
Next up for the Blue Devils is a game with Cortland next Friday at home.