Late Comeback Lifts Plattsburgh Over Men's Basketball

February 5, 2008

Plattsburgh came from 22 points down as the 14th ranked Cardinals earned a 78-74 road win at Middlebury (15-5). The Cardinals (18-2) shot a red-hot 71 percent from the floor in the second half to earn the victory. Plattsburgh went 19 of 25 from the free throw line, while Middlebury held a 39-29 edge on the boards.

Middlebury came out firing, jumping out to a 25-6 lead with 9:42 left in the first half. The Panthers were 10 for their first 17 from the floor, while the Cardinals made just two of their first 12 attempts. Plattsburgh cut the lead to 13 before Middlebury's Andrew Harris hit all three free throws after he was fouled on a three-point attempt. The action was the first for Harris, who missed the last seven games for the Panthers with an injury. Middlebury would end the half with a 38-21 lead, holding Plattsburgh to 5 of 25 shooting from floor.

The lead grew to as many as 22 early in the second half, before the Cardinals made a comeback. Trailing 57-40 with 11:53 remaining, Plattsburgh went on a 16-2 run, that would leave them with a 59-56 deficit with 8:12 remaining. The Cardinals leading scorer Anthony Williams scored seven points during the run, despite picking up his fourth personal foul with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Middlebury hung tough, and took a 67-60 lead on a three from Harris at the 5:31 mark, but Williams answered with a three of his own. The Cardinals would take their first lead of the game on a hoop from Khylan Hunt with 2:06 left, giving them a 72-71 advantage. Middlebury tied the game with a free throw before Williams hit a long three from the top of the arc to give the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish.

Aaron Smith led Middlebury with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Ben Rudin and Andrew Harris each scored a dozen. Williams led all scorers with 29 for the cardinals, followed by Antwane Miller with 18 and Travis Gorham, who scored 10 with nine boards.