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Logan falls to Vincennes again

By Justin Walker
updated: 1/28/2019 2:33 AM

VINCENNES, Ind. -- The John A. Logan College men's basketball team had its 14-game win streak snapped Saturday night with a 76-66 loss to Vincennes University on the road.

Logan, which is ranked No. 3 in the country among NJCAA Division I teams, lost for the second time this season to Vincennes, which is ranked No. 4.

The Volunteers are now 18-2, while Vincennes has 18 wins and just one loss to No. 18 Olney Central.

"Vincennes did a good job of controlling the tempo down the stretch," said Logan coach Kyle Smithpeters. "We just have to be a little more disciplined. We have to go back to the drawing board because we'll probably play them again, but it's simple fixes."

Six players reached double figures for the Trail Blazers, who led 39-32 at the half. Keith Clemons had 15 points, while Kevin Osawe, Lony Francis and George Dixon all had 14 and Craig Porter had 13. Chuka Mekkam had 10.

Jayden Scrubb and David Sloan both had 18 points for Logan. Sloan also had 11 assists and Scrubb had seven rebounds. Chris Harris had 15 points off the bench, including three 3-pointers.

Jonah Jackson also hit three 3-pointers and had 11 points and Vonnie Patterson had 10 points before fouling out.

Logan pulled within 52-51 in the second half but Osawe answered with a 3-pointer. Vincennes built its lead back until Harris hit a trey to make it 68-66, but Osawe again answered with a 3 of his own.

The Vols got as close as 75-72 on another Harris bomb with 2:53 left, but the Trail Blazers finished the win. Vincennes was 17 of 23 from the foul line, while Logan was 18 of 30.

"We'd get to within two or three and then make a bad decision," Smithpeters said. "We had our chances; we just didn't capitalize on them. If we hit our free throws, we put more pressure on them."

Logan now hosts Kaskaskia, which took Vincennes to overtime, at Brewer Gymnasium on Wednesday.

In the early game, the Logan women trailed 50-28 at halftime and lost 86-66 to drop to 11-9 this season. Jhala Henry led Vincennes with 16 points.

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