February 18, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – A career-best game of 26 points from freshman sensation Michael Tucker, including 20 in the second half, propelled the John A. Logan College men’s basketball team to a come-from-behind 82-75 home win over Lewis & Clark College Wednesday night.

With the win, the Volunteers improve to 22-5 overall.

Tucker was 13-of-17 from the field and didn’t get a single free-throw attempt despite scoring most of his points in the low post in traffic. The 6-foot-6 Georgia product added six rebounds.

Another freshman, Jalen Perry, was 5-of-11 from the field with two triples and also converted 9-of-11 free throws to finish with 21 points. He also had six rebounds.

Sophomore Tamas Bruce tallied nine points, all in the first half, and led the team in rebounds with seven. Freshman Anthony Campbell finished with eight points. Jarvis Calhoun notched seven. Freshman LaMarcus White checked in with five while garnering his first start of the season. Sophomore Justin Lukens added four points. Sophomore Devontavius Payne was held to two points.

“It was no Picasso tonight by any means, but it was good to see LaMarcus come out and do some things for us,” said Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters. “He’s a big guy who can shoot the ball a little, and at 6-foot-9, can alter some shots inside the paint.”

Smithpeters said Logan finally started to put things together offensively in the second half, building a 16-point lead late against a team that recently defeated a good Wabash Valley team.

“Michael and Jalen really stepped up their game tonight. We ended up putting 82 points on the board and only played OK offensively. Defensively, I thought we guarded much better than we had been and held Lewis & Clark to only 30 points in the second half before letting our guard down and giving up nine in the last minute of the game.”

The Vols converted 29-of-57 shots from the field (51 percent), but only 25 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-16). Logan shot well from the charity stripe, making good on 20-of-27 attempts or 74 percent.

Mike Williams-Bey led the Trailblazers in scoring with 26 points. Dorian Scruggs followed with 20.

The Vols return to action at 3 p.m. Saturday in Centralia against Kaskaskia.

Last home game is at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 against Lincoln Trail. It will be “Herrin Night” as all residents of the Herrin Unit 4 School District gain free admission to the games that night. All Herrin students will get free popcorn and soda courtesy of The Bank of Herrin.