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February 5th, 2014

Comeback Foiled in Hawks’ Loss to Plattsburgh

Kevin Roach helped fuel the Hawks’ surge in the second half, scoring 13 points. Photo: Ed Diller
PLATTSBURGH – Down 21 points with 14:23 to go in regulation, SUNY New Paltz men’s basketball team mounted a rally, going on a 15-0 run. Despite drawing within four points with just more than six minutes on the clock, the Hawks were unable to complete the comeback in loss to SUNY Plattsburgh Saturday.

Junior Taylor Sowah and sophomore Kevin Roach each scored 13 points in the final 20 minutes of play. Roach who pulled the Hawks within four, sinking a pair of free throws.

Plattsburgh put the game out of reach by responding with a 7-1 run, and a three-pointer by junior guard Mike Mitchell gave the Cardinals an 11-point edge. New Paltz kept digging in, but the Cardinals maintained the double-digit edge down the stretch due to their ability to make free throws; Plattsburgh went 6-of-6 from the line in the final minute.

The Hawks found themselves playing catch-up as Plattsburgh took a 20-9 advantage early. Guard Nick Taldi and forward Alex Perlman cut the lead to single digits twice midway through the period, but the Cardinals opened up a 14-point lead after a tip-in bucket by sophomore guard/forward Xavier Thomas. The Hawks went on a 5-0 run to trim the margin to single digits once more, and another 5-0 surge made it a five-point game with just 1:10 before halftime. Mitchell hit a three and senior forward Shavar Fields knocked down two free throws to put the Cardinals back in front by 10, but sophomore guard Keegan Donovan made 2-of-3 foul shots with two seconds left on the clock to push the score to 46-38 in favor of Plattsburgh.

The Cardinals torched the nets coming out of the locker room, as they received five straight points in the first 1:04 of the new stanza. A 10-0 Plattsburgh run that lasted nearly three minutes gave the Cardinals that 21-point lead, setting the stage for New Paltz’s attempt at a comeback.

Sowah fell just two points shy of his career-high, scoring 24 points, and he completed the double-double with 10 rebounds. Donovan backed up his virtuoso performance from Friday with a 17-point afternoon against Plattsburgh, while Roach netted a career-high-tying 13 points—all of which came in the second half—coming off the bench.

Plattsburgh received a balanced scoring effort that was led by junior guard Shamoy McIntosh’s 23 points. Fields added 19 points, while sophomore guard Edward Correa and junior forward Ezra Hodgson chipped in 11 points apiece. Hodgson’s total came in 20 minutes coming off the bench. Field grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to finish the double-double, while the SUNYAC’s top distributor, senior guard Chris Manning, doled out four assists and also had four steals.

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