December 8, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

OLNEY –  A tip-in dunk by A.J. Riley and follow slam by Russell Woods on the heels of a Devontavius Payne lay-in basket fueled a second-half rally Saturday night as John A. Logan College won at Olney, 68-64. 

With the win, the Volunteers improve to 3-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 9-2 overall. The Blue Knights fall to 0-3 in the league and 3-8 overall.

Four Logan players reached double figures in the victory. Sophomore Jordan Martin led the way with 12 points. Martavian Payne and Devontavius Payne each collected 11. It was Martavian's two free throws with four seconds left that put the game out of reach. 

Tamas Bruce finished with 10 points. Ranell Crossland added eight points. Riley netted seven. Russell Woods knocked down six and Connor Wheeler hit a key 3-pointer in the second half.

"It's always tough to win here," said Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters. "And it didn't help matters that we didn't shoot the ball very well (24-of-60 from the field or 40 percent, including 5-of-20 on threes or 25 percent) or play with enough energy at the start. Fortunately, we kept battling on the boards and held our composure down the stretch."

Smithpeters said he won’t quarrel with style points.

“A win’s a win. We held a good team to 64 points,” he said. “There’s not much I have to complain about. We’ll shoot the ball better most of the time. We just have to make sure we play hard. If we do that, we’re talented enough to win most of our games.”

Logan returns home at 3 p.m. Saturday against Wabash Valley.