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Lightning-fast reload

Kyle Richardson's ups have lifted him from a bench player averaging six points a game to one of the nation's top scorers and rebounders.
Plattsburgh State athletics photo by Gabe Dickens

With many believing that Plattsburgh State would endure a rebuilding year after losing seven seniors from last season’s 19-win team, members of the Cardinal men’s basketball team didn’t share that same opinion.

After all, when you’ve had 10 winning records in 12 years along with five 20-win seasons and a trip to the Sweet 16, the only “r” word in the Cardinals vocabulary is reloading. Plattsburgh State believed they would have a strong season. That’s the expectation.

With five games remaining, the Cardinals are comfortably cruising to the SUNYAC regular season crown, ranked 22nd in this week’s Top 25 and first in the weekly NCAA Division III East Region rankings. 

“I’d be lying if I said I thought we would ranked this high at the start of the season,” senior Kyle Richardson said. “We knew had something special at the start of the season, but we didn’t know how special. The young guys have caught on quickly. The best part about our team is there are no egos.”

What has helped Plattsburgh enjoy consistent success is the championship culture established by coach Tom Curle. The names and numbers have changed at Plattsburgh, but not the winning. Players take that seriously and hold each other accountable for everything from weights, offseason workouts, practice drills and game performances.

“The thing about this team is we keep it real with each other,” senior Edward Correa said. “We’re not here to baby anybody and you have to accept it. If somebody is not having a good shooting night, we tell them that you need to get into the gym. It has worked well for us because at the end of the day, we’re just looking out for each other. We all work hard in practice and push one another.”

The high-flying Cardinals have packed enough highlights during their first 20 games to make several volumes of best-selling DVDs. While they have thrilled fans with the SUNYAC’s second-ranked offense that averages 83.5 points per game, the Cardinals have earned their living by relying on their championship pillars to make life difficult for opponents on the defensive end.

Plattsburgh State leads the SUNYAC in rebounding (47.1), field goal percentage defense (39.3 percent) and three-point field goal defense (28.4), which is fourth nationally. The Cardinals continue...

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Rob Knox

A former Division III Sports Information Director at Lincoln University, Rob Knox also worked at Coppin State, ESPN, Kutztown and at the Delaware County Daily Times. Knox is currently the CoSIDA Third Vice-President. He was inducted into the Lincoln University Athletics Hall of Fame, named the CoSIDA Rising Star Award College Division winner and won three writing awards for various game stories including the 2007 D-III sectional triple-OT game between Guilford and Lincoln. In the past, he has also written articles for SLAM magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan, a graduate of Lincoln and is from Chester, Pa.
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