CARTERVILLE -- Thankfully, the second half wasn't anything like the first half.
After a nightmarish opening 20 minutes, the John A. Logan College men's basketball team got rolling in the second half and pulled away from Southwestern Illinois College for an 84-69 victory Wednesday night at Brewer Gymnasium.
The Volunteers, who played for the first time since moving up to No. 5 in the NJCAA Division I national rankings, improved to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference with the win.
Logan, which was won 10 straight games, couldn't buy a basket in the first half but played strong defense and went into the break knotted at 24-24 with the Blue Storm (11-4, 3-3).
Both teams doubled their point totals in the sixth minute of the second half.
"We shot 18 percent in the first half and shot 71 percent in the second," said Logan coach Kyle Smithpeters. "So all in all, we're happy beating a good quality ballclub like (SWIC) regardless."
David Sloan pushed the Vols in front in the second half.
The sophomore standout took over and couldn't be stopped from getting to the rim whenever he wanted. Sloan finished with a triple-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
The game was tight with multiple ties and lead changes until it was tied at 50 and Sloan took in two driving layups and split two free throws for some separation.
"He's an awfully special player," Smithpeters said. "He does an outstanding job on the floor. A guy with that special of talent, we expect a lot from him. Sometimes it's not fair what we expect him to do. I'm just glad we don't have to worry about a scouting report for him on the other team."
Jonah Jackson canned a 3-pointer to put Logan up 61-54 with 7:23 left. Jackson, who set a school record with 10 triples in the Vols' previous game, had some problems finding that magic range in the first half but ended up with 12 points.
"Jonah shot three shots that didn't hit the rim tonight which I thought I would never see in my life," Smithpeters said, "but then turned around and made some really big ones for us."
SWIC pulled within 61-59, but after Vonnie Patterson converted a three-point play, the Vols were ahead 66-61 with 5:58 remaining.
Then it was Jayden Scrubb's turn to take over.
The freshman standout hit a silky jumper, then a 3-pointer, then put down a monstrous two-handed slam off a nifty assist from Sloan to make it 72-61 with four minutes to play. Scrubb finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds.
Logan also had strong performances from guards Chris Harris, who scored 11 points, and Mark Lancaster. It was all hands on deck for the Vols defensively against SWIC standout Javonte Perkins, who tallied 29 points.
In the early game, the Logan women cruised to a 77-42 victory to move over the .500 mark at 8-7 overall. The Lady Vols led 49-12 at the half.
Lyric Campbell scored 15 points with six assists and Marion's Nia Marshall tallied 10 points and eight rebounds in the rout.
Both teams return to action Saturday, weather permitting, at home against Lake Land College starting at 1 p.m.