December 12, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

VINCENNES, IND. - The first half belonged to the Vols, but the second half belonged to the Trailblazers as Vincennes University bumped the John A. Logan College men's basketball team from the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday, posting a 91-81 victory.

Logan falls to 5-1 in Region 24 and 12-1 overall, while the Trailblazers improve to 10-3 overall. 

"We didn't play terribly and we didn't play great. We scored 81 points. That's usually good enough to win," said Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters. "We just didn't defend well enough down the stretch. We gave up way too many free throws (22-of-30 in the second half)."

Logan built a 21-9 lead in the first half, but had the advantage whittled down to one by the break at 43-42. 

Sophomore guard Devontavius Payne led the Vols in scoring with 29 points. Jalen Perry and Michael Tucker checked in with 12 points apiece and Justin Lukens added 10, including three triples.

Vincennes was led by Jeremiah Bell's 35 points.

The Vols had to play the game without the services of its preseason All-American forward, Ranell Crossland, who injured an ankle in the pregame shoot around. He is expected to be unable to practice for as many as three-to-four weeks.

"No excuses, though. We have more than enough depth. We just didn't have that spark tonight," Smithpeters said. "I'm a firm believer that you can learn a lot from a loss like this. Hopefully, we will learn from this and it will make us a better team in the weeks and months ahead."

 

The Vols close out the first half of the season at 4 p.m. Friday in Carterville against non-conference foe, West Kentucky Tech.