January 22, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

ROBINSON - Poor free-throw shooting and lapses on the defensive board proved to be the difference Wednesday as the John A. Logan College men's basketball team dropped a road match at Lincoln Trail, 83-78.

With the loss, the Volunteers fall to 6-2 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 14-4 overall. The Statesmen improve to 4-6 in the league and 9-9 overall.

Logan could only convert 12-of-27 free throws or 44 percent, perhaps the worst performance from the line all season. The Vols were also battered on the boards as the Statesmen yanked down 16 caroms on the offensive end, which resulted in many second- and third-chance opportunities.

Sophomore guard Martavian Payne led the Vols in scoring with 18 points, but was only 3-of-14 from downtown. Devontavius Payne and Jeremiah Jackson each collected 15 points in a reserve role. 

Jordan Martin followed with eight points. Tamas Bruce tallied seven off the bench. Russell Woods was held in check to six points as was A.J. RIley.

Aaron Siler and Darryl Baker led the Statesmen with 12 points apiece. 

"I don't think we defended very well tonight," said Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters. "We put a good free-throw shooting team into the bonus awfully early. Add in the fact that we gave up so many offensive rebounds and missed so many free throws and that's a perfect storm."

Logan returns to action Saturday at home against Shawnee. Game time is set for 3 p.m. Prior to the men's game, there will be a Hall of Fame induction ceremony, honoring the 2009 national champion men's golf team and three All-American performers in Marcelo Rozo, Tyler Ekenberg and Matt Smith.