January 18, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MATTOON - Martavian Payne and A.J. Riley combined for 47 points Saturday to lead John A. Logan College to a resounding 102-86 win at Lake Land.

The Volunteers improve to 6-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 14-3 overall. The Lakers fall to 4-3 in the league and 7-10 overall.

"We're not going to complain about this one by any means," said Logan's third-year head coach Kyle Smithpeters. "We had a lot of guys step up and make plays tonight. I was very pleased with the effort. There was one stretch in particular in the second half where I thought we played extremely well."

The Vols held a 42-37 lead at the intermission. Lake Land closed to within three right away, but would get no closer.

Payne, who finished with 24 points to lead the team, buried back-to-back triples and finished with four on the night. 

Riley, who collected 23 points and netted 9-of-10 free throws to go along with seven field goals, took over inside the paint. 

"I was really proud of A.J. tonight," Smithpeters said. "I thought he got down and guarded people and was really good in transition for us. Even more important, he showed good leadership, helping our young guys out in a time of need, and that was priceless."

The Vols led by as many as 21 points at 85-64 following a conventional 3-point play from Jeremiah Jackson.

Also reaching double figures were twin towers, Russell Woods and Jordan Martin, with 10 each.

Tamas Bruce and Jackson followed with eight apiece. Connor Wheeler and Devontavius Payne tallied six each. 

Logan was a sizzling 38-of-59 from the field or 64 percent, including a stunning 22-of-29 attempts in the second half.

"I don't know if we have ever shot the ball that well," Smithpeters said. 

Turnovers were the only negative stat for the Vols on this night as the visitors were tagged for 25 miscues.

The Lakers were led by LeJavius Johnson's 26 points. David Franklin added 19.

Logan returns to action Wednesday at Lincoln Trail.