October 31, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College men’s basketball team made quick work of Kentucky Wesleyan Saturday afternoon, cruising to a 136-78 non-conference home win.

Seven Logan players hit for double figures as led by freshman Michael Tucker’s 20 points. Preseason All-American candidate, Ranell Crossland, followed with 19 and didn’t miss a single shot from the field (9-of-9) or free-throw line (1-of-1).

Fellow sophomore, Devontavius Payne, enjoyed another robust outing, scoring 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Freshman Jerome Davis checked in with 13 points. Redshirt freshman Allen Jones added 12. Freshman Rashaun Richardson flipped in 11 and sophomore post player Tamas Bruce had 10.

Falling just short of double figures was freshman guard Armon Benford with nine. Freshman Jalen Perry and sophomore transfer Jarvis Calhoun netted eight apiece. Freshman Anthony Campbell accounted for six. Sophomore Justin Lukens finished with three, but again led the team in assists with six. Tops in rebounds were Bruce and Campbell with six each.

As a team, the Vols connected on 54-of-87 shots from the field (62 percent); 8-of-25 from long range (32 percent); and 20-of-27 free throws (74 percent).

Logan led 78-31 at the half before easing back on the throttle over the final 20 minutes.

“It’s always good to get some guys a lot of minutes,” said JALC fourth-year head coach Kyle Smithpeters. “We made it through these first two games injury-free. Like I told the guys, I’m proud of them for keeping their composure. They did a good job of sharing the basketball, and in general, being good teammates.”

Smithpeters said Tucker continues to make some strides from a serious knee injury two years ago that cost him nearly two years of basketball.

“We’re trying to get his minutes up a little bit at a time. If we get him in shape, he’s going to be really, really tough to deal with.”

Malik Gant poured in 19 points to pace the Wesleyan offense. Michael Gilmer added 15.

Now 2-0 on the young season, the Vols play host to annual powerhouse, Three Rivers, Mo., at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Donald L. Brewer Gymnasium and Convocation Center.