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Logan stays in first place with win at SIC

By Justin Walker
Posted on 2/24/2017, 12:22 AM

HARRISBURG -- Five players hit double figures and the John A. Logan College men's basketball team stayed in first place in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference with an 85-74 win at Southeastern Illinois on Wednesday night.

Logan is now 21-6 overall and 12-3 in the GRAC, while SIC fell to 5-22 and 4-24. While the Falcons are struggling and just 1-11 at home, they did beat the Vols in overtime when they played earlier this season in Carterville.

Jerome Davis led the Vols, who have won 10 of their last 11 games, with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Jalen Perry also had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while point guard Chad Culbreath also pulled down 10 boards to go along with 12 points.

Allen Billinger, the sophomore from Carbondale, added 14 points. That balance extended down the roster as Emile Lewis chipped in seven and Will Robinson had six.

Leon Redd led the Falcons with 18 points.

Logan led early but SIC took a 37-36 lead after a 3-pointer by Redd with five minutes left before halftime. A fast-paced first half ended with the Vols holding a 44-40 lead, then they broke it open with an 11-0 run after the intermission.

The pesky Falcons never let Logan run away with it, however. An alley-oop slam by Richard Gaines cut the margin to 10 and a trey by Darryl Curry pulled SIC within single digits with 10:30 left.

But a 3-pointer from Perry on an inbounds play pushed the lead back to 74-60 with 6:45 left and the margin was at 14 when SIC's 6-foot-8 center, Cletrell Pope, fouled out with 4:28 still remaining.

Layups by Culbreath and Davis extended the lead to 85-67 with 3:40 left.

In the women's game, SIC used a big second quarter to take control and post a 75-65 win over the Lady Vols, who led 20-19 after one period.

Markayla Vander scored 21 points to lead SIC, which is now 22-4 overall and 14-2 in the GRAC.

Logan (13-11, 9-6) was paced by Ariel Crump (13 points) and Destiny Cozart (12).

Both teams host Lincoln Trail on Saturday with action starting at 1 p.m.