November 8, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

PADUCAH, KY. - Sophomore center Russell Woods broke loose for a career-high 28 points with 22 of those coming in the second half, to lead the John A. Logan College men's basketball team to a 92-73 road win over Western Kentucky Tech Saturday afternoon in non-conference action.

"I'm really glad Russell made it on the bus today," joked Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters. "He followed up a very strong effort Wednesday against Mineral Area with an even better effort today. And a lot of the credit goes to our point guards, Connor Wheeler and Justin Lukens, for getting the ball in to him."

Martavian Payne was also in double digits with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, while fellow sophomore, A.J. Riley, accounted for 13 points. Wheeler was one point shy of double figures at nine. The sophomore from Du Quoin scored his team's first seven points.

Freshman Devontavious Payne from Carbondale netted eight. Jordan Martin and Lamont Walker dropped in six apiece. Tyler Scott chipped in four. Tamas Bruce and Ranell Crossland added two each.

Jermaine Lee notched 18 and Ben Dordoye 17 for Western Kentucky Tech. The Vols led 32-24 at the intermission. Logan was also deadly at the free-throw line, draining 18-of-22 attempts.

"It's a good road victory," Smithpeters said. "Tech is going to beat some people in our league this year. I was pleased with how we kept our composure when things weren't going our way. We played very solid basketball down the stretch."

Now 4-0, Logan returns to action Tuesday at Three Rivers, Mo.