Plattsburgh jumped out to a 12-2 lead to open the game, but the Bengals retaliated with a 19-2 run of its own and took a 36-31 advantage into the intermission. Buffalo State built its lead to 59-51 in the second half, before the Cardinals took over down the stretch. Plattsburgh scored 19 points of Bengals’ turnovers and hit 23-of-29 from the free throw line, to overcome 0-for-10 shooting from three-point range.
Curtis Smith (Brooklyn/Paul Robeson) led the Cardinals with 18 points, including knocking down 8-of-10 free throws, and had five assists. Kris Gibbs-Smith (Rochester/John Marshall) scored 17 points, and Jelani Simmons (Westbury/Westbury) had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Gregg Jones (Syracuse/Nottingham) led the Bengals with 20 points. Freshman Dion Mozelle (Rego Park/Xaverian) had a career-high 15 points, and Jeremy Konst (Williamsville/Williamsville East) matched a career-best with nine assists and added five points.
Buffalo State will host SUNYIT tomorrow at 4 p.m.