February 1, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

HARRISBURG - The John A. Logan College men's basketball team did exactly what it set out to do Saturday - beat a team that it was supposed to beat.

The Volunteers rolled to a 78-64 road win over Southeastern Illinois, improving to 8-2 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 17-4 overall. The Falcons slipped to 3-7 in the league and 7-14 on the season.

Logan trailed only once in the game at 6-3 following a triple by Alan Long. Other than that, it was pretty much all Vols.

JALC was lights out from the field, converting 29-of-49 shots or 59 percent. The Vols were also a rock-solid 9-of-18 from long range or 50 percent.

The Vols could have been better from the free-throw line (11-of-20 or 55 percent). And they could have protected the ball better, committing 26 turnovers. Otherwise, there wasn't much to complain about.

Three players hit for double figures for Logan as led by freshman reserve guard Devontavius Payne of Carbondale with 14 points. He was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Sophomore center Russell Woods followed with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Martavian Payne checked in with 12 points and six rebounds. Adding nine points apiece were Jeremiah Jackson and Tamas Bruce.

Herrin High grad Bobby Mannie eaned a start and banged in seven points in limited playing time. He also came away with two steals to lead the team.

Connor Wheeler chipped in five points. Justin Lukens dropped in four. Ranell Crossland accounted for three points and Jordan Martin had two.

Long's 19 points paced the Falcons. Daquan Williford totaled 18.

Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters was pleased to add a league win.

"I didn't think we did anything special offensively today. In fact, we were a little stale or stagnant at times, I thought. And we had a lot of turnovers. But one positive was that we held Southeastern to 64 points on its home floor. When we hold a team under 70, we should have a pretty good chance to win."

Smithpeters said he was able to spread out the playing time, which should leave the team a little more rested going into Monday's 7:30 conference match at Kaskaskia.

Logan's next home game is 7 p.m. Wednesday against Olney.