February 19, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

GODFREY - The John A. Logan College men's basketball team erupted for 57 second-half points Wednesday en route to a 94-80 Region 24 victory over Lewis & Clark College.

Sophomore guard Martavian Payne knocked down 20 points with 17 coming over the final 20 minutes to pace the offense. Freshman forward Ranell Crossland followed with 14 points off the bench. Joining them in double figures were Russell Woods (13), Bobby Mannie (11), Tamas Bruce (10) and Devontavius Payne (10).

Jeremiah Jackson added six points. A.J. Riley flipped in four. Connor Wheeler and Jordan Martin netted three apiece.

As a team, the Vols converted 33-of-62 shots from the field (53 percent), including 7-of-21 from beyond the arc and 21-of-30 from the free-throw line. 

With the win, Logan improves to 22-5 overall. 

Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters said Crossland performed extremely well on both ends of the floor.

"Ranell was a factor both inside the paint and from the perimeter on the offensive end and he also did a fine job defending (Burak) Eslik in the second half, making him take shots he didn't necessarily want to take."

Eslik's 22 points led the Trailblazers, who fall to 11-15.

Smithpeters said Payne got into the flow of the offense in the second half and hit a big triple from the corner that punctuated a run that got the Vols back in control of the game.

"It took a while for us to get going tonight, but once we did, I thought we did a lot of things well," Smithpeters said.

Logan returns to action at 3 p.m. Saturday at home against Lake Land.