BELLEVILLE — The sight of a Kyle Lemons jump shot is becoming a sweet one at Southwestern Illinois College.
One of the top offensive players in the St. Louis area a year ago while playing at Francis Howell North High School, Lemons connected on five 3-point shots and scored 24 points as SWIC defeated John A. Logan College 82-72 on Tuesday in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference game.
Lemons scored 14 of his points in the first half as SWIC (7-1, 2-0 in the GRAC) took the lead.
John A. Logan (2-5) would never lead after the opening seconds of the game. But faced with several double digit deficits, the Volunteers didn't wilt until the final five minutes.
Leading by five points with just over six minutes remaining, the Blue Storm put the game away with an impressive 8-0 run.
Sophomore Brandon Book, making his season debut after sitting out the first seven games with an injury hit a 3-point shot and a jump hook and when Ekene Anachebe scored inside, SWIC lead with just over three minutes remaining.
The Volunteers would get no closer then 10 points the rest of the night.
"It was a war. Did you expect anything different? It's always a war when we play those guys," veteran Blue Storm coach Jay Harrington said. "They are much better then their record indicates.
"But the thing about it is that we've got guys who still don't know the plays because they've been injured and haven't practiced much. To be 7-1, I'm happy but I'm still leary because we've still got Rend Lake, Lewis and Clark and Three Rivers left before the (semester) break."
Sophomore JaQuail Townser added 14 points for SWIC while Anachebe and Book chipped in with 10 points each.
SWIC, getting 14 points from Lemons and a combined 13 more from JaQuail Townser and former Collinsville standout Falando Wilkinson, led by as many as 11 points in the first half.
The Volunteers rallied behind former Chicago Simeon player Darien Walker (13 points) to cut the lead to two, but Lemons nailed his third 3-pointer of the game to put SWIC up 42-37 at intermission.
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