MURPHYSBORO — Darius Beane dominated the game at times and delivered 31 points to lead Carbondale to a 56-48 win over Murphysboro on Wednesday in the Jackson County rivalry contest.
Beane scored five points during a key 7-0 run for the Terriers in the third quarter, which gave Carbondale a lead it would not relinquish.
It seemed like Beane could take it to the rim any time he wanted. He’d either make a layup, get fouled or dish to a wide-open teammate.
“Darius was special tonight,” said Carbondale coach Jim Miller. “He’s one of those players where you’ve been looking for this for four years now. You see a glimpse of it every once in a while, just very special. He did a lot of good things for us both offensively and defensively. I couldn’t be happier.”
Murphysboro (8-1) held the lead for most of the first half and played pretty well. Carbondale (9-2) was just a little bit better on this night.
“Beane was a lot better,” said Murphysboro coach Daryl Murphy. “They are relentless defensively, and they are relentless on the glass. I think they had eight points at halftime off the offensive glass. That’s a pretty big difference right there. But Beane was an absolute load. He played so good. But I’m very happy with my kids and the effort tonight.”
Jeremy House, who racked up 21 points for Murphysboro, converted a three-point play, which tied the game at 27-all with 5:32 left in the third quarter.
That’s when the Terriers made their move. Davaris Macklin drained a jump shot, and Beane scored the next five points to give Carbondale a bit of breathing room at 34-27.
The Red Devils kept it close for the rest of the game, but never could quite put together a big enough run to take the lead.
Jaron Gaston drove to the rim for a deuce to pull the Red Devils within one at 39-38 early in the fourth quarter. But that’s as close as Murphysboro would get.
“That’s a very nice Murphysboro team, and I thought our energy was outstanding in the second half,” Miller said. “I thought Seth Ousley did a wonderful job defensively, and we tried to do some different things on Gaston. I thought our defensive effort was phenomenal, and the kids did a wonderful job of communicating and rotating. They understood tendencies and did a great job.”
In the fourth quarter, Beane scored 11 straight points for Carbondale during a two and a half-minute span, which put the game out of reach.
Clayton Greer added 13 points for the Terriers. Gaston contributed 15 for Murphysboro.