January 12, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

INA - The John A. Logan College men's basketball team drained 19-of-25 second-half free throws Saturday to stave off a Rend Lake rally and beat the host Warriors, 80-76.

Sophomores Russell Woods and Connor Wheeler were the main culprits, combining to make 13-of-15 attempts. Woods was also game-high scorer with 20 points.

Logan never trailed, although the Warriors tied the game twice at 48 and 58.

Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters said free throws proved to be the difference.

"I said from Day 1 that we are a team that shoots the ball well, and fortunately, that was the case today."

Smithpeters said the Vols may have lacked some intensity coming off the one-point loss at Vincennes Wednesday.

"I thought Rend Lake played awfully hard today and we played hard for maybe 10 minutes, but a win is a win and I'll take it."

Logan converted 24-of-40 shots from the field or 60 percent, including 5-of-12 from long range. For the game, they were 27-of-38 from the stripe.

The only real statistical blemish was 21 turnovers.

in addition to Woods' 20, Martavian Payne dropped in 13 points. Wheeler had 12 as did Devontavius Payne.

Rend Lake was paced offensively by Armani Towns and Dedric Byrd with 15 each.

There were five technical fouls called in the game, four against players and one against Warriors head coach Randy House.

The Vols improve to 5-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 12-3 overall. Rend Lake falls to 2-4 in the league and 6-8 overall.

Logan hosts Lewis & Clark College at 7 p.m. Wednesday. It will be "Du Quoin Night" on the Carterville campus with all residents from the community receiving free admission. All Du Quoin students will receive a free popcorn and soda courtesy of Du Quoin State Bank.