November 24, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Four players touched double figures Tuesday as the John A. Logan College men's basketball team rolled past visiting Southeastern Illinois, 98-86, in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.

The Volunteers remain perfect at 10-0 and are 3-0 in the league.
 
Sophomore guard, Devontavius Payne, a Carbondale High School grad, paced the Volunteers with 27 points. He was 9-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-7 from long range. 
 
Fellow sophomores, Jarvis Calhoun and Tamas Bruce, followed up with 19 points. Bruce also collected 10 rebounds. 
 
Freshman Michael Tucker contributed 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists in a rare triple-double performance.
 
The Falcons were led by Ceon Burns' 18 points. Simon Shafack checked in with 16. Montrell Little flipped in 14 and Dorian Armstrong added 11.
As a team, the Vols made good on 36-of-69 shots from the field (52 percent), including 8-of-21 from beyond the arc (38 percent); and 18-of-24 free throws (75 percent).
 
SIC converted 29-of-69 shot attempts or 42 percent. The Falcons hit on 7-of-23 triples (30 percent) and 21-of-30 free throws (70).
 
The rebounding edge went to the home team as the Vols collected 37 caroms to Southeastern's 30.
 
Neither team turned the ball over much. The Falcons only committed eight miscues to the Vols' 10.
 
Logan head coach Kyle Smithpeters was pleased with the win, if not with his team's intensity.
 
"I think we were really excited about that turkey and gravy waiting on us at home," he said. "I was hoping we would show a little bit more poise, but we did do some things well. We scored 98 points. I'm never going to complain about that. Giving up 86 is a different story. But give Southeastern credit. They played hard and made things tough for us."
 
Logan led by 13 at the break at 56-43 before the Falcons came roaring back and tied the game at 60 all on the heels of a 17-4 run. SIC would never take the lead, however, and the Vols rebuild a double-digit lead to put the game on ice.
 
The Vols next play Wednesday, Dec. 2 at home against Lake Land. Game time is 7.