February 11, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – An explosive second half enabled the Vincennes University Trailblazers to post a 99-85 road victory over the John A. Logan College men’s basketball team Wednesday.

The visitors from Indiana rolled up 62 points in the second half on a stunning 64 percent shooting from the field, including 10-of-14 from beyond the arc (71 percent).

Whether it was a lack of defense on Logan’s part or a superior offensive effort by the Trailblazers, Vincennes’ one-two punch of guards Nate Hansen (10.1 points per game average) and Jeremiah Bell (14.8) combined for 57 points and converted an uncanny 18-of-28 shots from the field, as well as 10-of-16 from long range. Hansen finished with 31 points and Bell had 26. Chris Darrington added 19.

Logan, which briefly held a double-digit lead in the first half, played Vincennes to a tie in the first half at 37 all.

Top scorer for the Vols was freshman guard Jalen Perry with a season-high 23 points. Sophomore Devontavius Payne notched 18. Freshman Michael Tucker came off the bench to pour in 13 points, including three thunderous dunks. Sophomores Ranell Crossland and Tamas Bruce chipped in 11 points each.

Logan finished the night making good on 30-of-61 shots from the field and 9-of-25 from downtown. They were horrendous from the free-throw line, however, in the second half, knocking down a pedestrian 14-of-25 attempts or 56 percent.

“We had some good runs in the second half, but just couldn’t get over the hump,” said Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters. “I thought we did a very bad job of imposing our will defensively. I know they shot the ball well, but I think a lot of those shots they hit was because we allowed them to hit them. They hit 14 threes.

“How many times are you going to let the same guy (Hansen) get a shot off and not make him drive. We didn’t make enough adjustments defensively,” Smithpeters said. “I thought we did a pretty good job of containing some of that in the first half, but then they came out and punched us in the mouth to start the second half with that 8-0 run and we never recovered.”

Now 21-4 overall, the Vols return to action at 7:30 Saturday in Olney.